”Fortuin, a company with a rich tradition and a promising future!”
In 1842 Fortuin was established as a local confectionery shop by Willem Hendrik Fortuin in the city of Lemmer, and soon moved to Dokkum, where the company is still located nowadays. Over the years Fortuin became a premium confectionery producer and developed the DF peppermint, the original English peppermint. As this peppermint became so popular, Fortuin decided to expand business to an industrial level in 1888 in order to serve more consumers with its delicious confectionery products. Since then, Fortuin added many products to its assortment, among them the very famous Wilhelmina Mints.
Wilhelmina Mints were created in 1892 in honour of Fortuin’s 50th anniversary and as a homage to the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, who was 12 years old at that time. The portrait of Queen Wilhelmina can be found on each mint tablet. The first box of Wilhelmina Mints was offered to the Dutch Royal Family. They were so delighted that they granted Fortuin the predicate Warrant Holder of the Dutch Royal Family. Fortuin still owns this royal status today and Wilhelmina Mints are as popular as ever!
Throughout the many years of experience, Fortuin has developed into a professional and modern candy tableting specialist. Fortuin is market leader in Mint in the Netherlands for years, but its candies are also available in many other countries around the world. Fortuin pursues an economic and social responsible business model, in which quality and flexibility are of primary importance. As an employer Fortuin fulfils an important role for the region and there is a feeling of mutual pride between Fortuin and its employees. Since 1842 the number of customers significantly increased and the sales area grew from regional and national to international. This expansion triggered a shift from manual to automatic production and Fortuin is still in search for innovative solutions to optimize their processes and to surprise the consumer. Despite the growth and progress, quality and reliability are still of great importance for Fortuin. Combined with a passion for innovation, we believe Fortuin will remain successful for the next decades.
Discover the highlights of our history!
Willem Hendriks Fortuin starts as a pastry- and sugarchef in Dokkum.
January 19, 1842
After the death of his father, Gurbe Jan Fortuin continues the business. He introduces steam engines and is proud to move with the time, experiencing this leaflet.
January 19, 1883
Fortuin celebrates its 50th anniversary and to mark this occasion Gurbe Jan Fortuin asks Queen Wilhelmina to name a peppermint to her. Her mother – regent Emma – replies that Gurbe Jan Fortuin is allowed to do so. Since her husband and Wilhelmina’s father King Willem III passed away in 1890, her letter had a black border.
January 19, 1892
The 100th anniversary of Fortuin occurs during world war II. Therefore this occasion isn’t celebrated, but the company thanks her customers for their trust and loyalty.
January 19, 1942
Pins are booming and Fortuin can’t stay behind.
January 19, 1965
With regard to the lockdown of the ‘Lauwerszee’ Queen Juliana visits the northern part of the Netherlands. During this occasion she receives a box of products from Fortuin.
January 19, 1969
When driving the first pile of the new factory at the Fortuinweg 2 every employee can use the pile driver once.
January 19, 1976
The family-owned business Hellema from Hallum completes the acquisition of Fortuin Dockum BV.
January 19, 1982
Wim van der Meulen hands over his position to the current managing director Rienk de Vries. Thanks to positive market developments significant economies of scale can be created and there is a strong focus on the development of new products.
January 19, 2002
The launch of the Fortuin Zwart Wit is a great success and therefore Fortuin receives a wheel of retail.
January 19, 2010
Fortuin has launched a new brand into the world: SIL. SIL combines all the liquorice products of Fortuin.
January 19, 2016
September 19, 2018