Semper, one of the most trusted brands within infant nutrition, has been developing and creating baby food and infant nutrition for over 70 years. It all began with a new method of drying milk, developed by Ninni Kronberg, a Swedish nutritionist. With her ideas, the Swedish entrepreneur Dr. Axel Wenner-Gren founded “Svenska Mjölkprodukter AB (SMP)” in 1938. In September 1939, SMP could start the production in Sweden’s first milk powder plant in Kimstad.
Wenner-Gren's mission was to start an export of dried milk, and soon a new modern plant was built in the small town of Götene. SMP focused on further inventions and product development and was established as a research-based and innovative company. The first milk cereal drinks were launched in 1941 and in 1948 the world’s first complete industrially manufactured infant formula was launched, BabySemp. The infant formula was a result of a close cooperation between Semper, nutritional expertise and pediatricians. This partnership has flourished ever since.
Bake-off products were developed to complement the basic raw material, milk powder. New products demanded new partnerships and strong brands were created during the 1950's. Partnership with Felix (now Procordia Food) began and the first baby food in glass jars were sold in 1960. In 1963 the company changed the name from SMP to “Semper”.
Semper was the first food company in Sweden to start a consumer contact initiative and a proactive focus on nutrition began. The Nordic expansion started as a company was formed with the Finnish dairy company Valio. An export of Semper products to Russia and the Baltic States were also started.
In the nineties, Semper expanded in the health sector and Juvel’s gluten-free range was acquired. Some years later the business was streamlined and concentrated and in 2006 the core business was sold to the international consumer-foods group Hero AG. Hero’s acquisition of Semper AB started a new phase in Semper’s history.
Hero’s financial strength and long experience enabled a continued long-term approach in existing core areas, combined with major opportunities to expand into new areas and new markets. In 2007, a new subsidiary was started in Finland and in Norway all shares in SMåFOLK was taken over by Semper. The Norwegian SMåFOLK was established in the late nineties by Wenche Andersen and Ann Beth Bergh, who wanted to develop baby food as similar to home cocked meals as possible.
In 2009 Semper established a sales office in Denmark, and in January 2010 the Semper brand was launched on the Danish market.
In 2010 Semper acquired the family owned Korsnäs Bröd, a bakery that has baked crisp bread since generations. The bakery just outside Falun is now baking Semper’s gluten-free crisp bread. A new product range for toddlers, Småfolk, was launched at all Nordic markets in 2010. A new innovative package, “SmartPack”, was also developed for for porridge, cereal drinks and infant formulas.