Jürgen arrived in Australia from Hamburg, Germany in 1968, after having completed an apprenticeship in Commerce and obtained a certificate as AUSSENHANDELS-KAUFMANN (export/ import trader) from a Hamburg Technical College.
Jürgen worked for 5 years for a prominent freight forwarding company, Schenker & Co, and with this new experience and knowledge
he started a new sales and marketing office Australia -wide for another German freight forwarder- Rohde + Liesenfield (now Geodis/Wilson). After 10 very successful years in this industry, in 1983 he bought a small import business, Sweet Ring Imports, happy to return to his profession as an importer.
Today, after 30 years, with many highs and lows, Sweet Season / Universal Candy has grown into one of the most diverse and leading confectionery/novelty importers in Australia. Eighteen years ago, Jürgen also bought into one of the largest independent confectionery/beverage/snackfood wholesalers – Accredited Distributors. He is a Director and the majority shareholder in Accredited Distributors.
In his current role as Executive Chairman of Sweet Season/Universal Candy, Jürgen is now very happy to guide his son Justin, and his management team, into growing the company to an even more dominant force in years to come.