Kalle has built its success on innovation ever since the company was founded in 1863. Its products have continuously redefined the way sausages are made. In 1929, Kalle introduced the first seamless cellulose casing. The “Nalo” synthetic casing was a ground-breaking alternative to animal-derived casings and helped to modernize the meat-producing sector. Today, Kalle holds several hundred patents and continues to work tirelessly on shaping the future of the industry. Kalle also makes casings for vegetarian and vegan fillings, including cheese, tofu (soy protein) and seitan (wheat protein).
Kalle has two principal objectives: to improve the quality of sausage products and to help its customers in the meat industry improve their efficiency and thus their success. With Kalle casings, manufacturers can also set their products apart by means of special textures, colors and overprints. These features are not only fundamental to the global popularity of Kalle products; they are also a key success factor for manufacturers in the food industry.
A prime example of innovation at Kalle is the range of value-added casings. These products eliminate a number of time-consuming steps in the sausage production process. For example, a casing can be configured to transfer smoke, color, flavor or spices directly onto the surface of the filling. That not only saves time and reduces cost, it also increases product safety. Value-added casings are a major driver of growth and easily the fastest-growing segment in the Kalle Group.
Since 1997, Kalle has more than quadrupled its annual turnover. This rate of growth is several percentage points above the general market trend. Kalle is focusing on innovation, especially in the value-added segment, continued regional expansion and the further development of the functional food ingredients category. The primary aim is to leverage dynamic market growth, especially in emerging economies, and continue the success the company has enjoyed for more than 150 years.
Producing 850 million meters of sausage casings annually, Kalle products could encircle the globe more than 21 times.