1919 – It all began on 10 November 1919 with the sale of 100 hundredweight of straw by Alfred C. Toepfer to a company called Karl-Hinrich Schinckel in Hamburg, Germany. On 20 January 1920, the Alfred C. Toepfer Trading Company was entered in the Hamburg Register of Companies.

1929 – Alfred Toepfer becomes internationally active after establishing a branch office in New York.

1930 – Alfred Toepfer begins publishing market reports focusing on agricultural markets and agricultural policy trends.

1948 – Expansion of the company in the following decades to become one of the leading international grain and feedstuff trade companies, with shares in the feedstuff industry, shipping and agricultural trade.

1950s – The European Union at this time comprised six member countries and Toepfer founded offices in these countries. Alfred C. Toepfer is actively involved in shaping the EU’s single internal market.

1970s and 1980s – The network of Toepfer branches in Asia and South America is expanded. In 1979, the transformation to Toepfer International was completed. InTrade, a group of international cooperative members, became an equity shareholder at this time. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) joined as a further partner in 1983. In the middle of the 1980s, we began supplying the processing industry in the EU on a regional basis. In the United Kingdom and in Ireland, our subsidiaries Arkady Feed UK and Arkady Feed Dublin are numbered among the most important suppliers of raw materials for the compound feed industry. The same is true of our subsidiary Ceralto, which has been active in Spain on our behalf since 1986. At the end of the 1980s, we began expanding the activities of our branch in Singapore by turning it into a regional head office. Alongside procuring raw materials for head office in Hamburg, the team in Singapore remains active in the rapidly growing Asian business.

1990s – At the beginning of the nineties, we moved into direct origination of agricultural commodities in Argentina. At the same time, we expanded our branch in Buenos Aires by transforming it into a regional head office for our activities in the MERCOSUR region. Following the fall of the Iron Curtain, we founded branches in Central and Eastern Europe and entered the origination business in this region as well.

2000s – Approximately 900 employees work in the various offices and branches worldwide. An additional 1,200 staff are employed at our silo sites and transloading facilities. The EU-15 becomes the EU-25 and later the EU-27: expansion to include Central and Eastern Europe takes place on 1 May 2004, and on 1 January 2007 Bulgaria and Romania also joined the EU. Toepfer positioned itself early in these markets and continues to strengthen its position. Also, Toepfer and Elders established the Elders Toepfer Grain joint venture in Australia in 2007, which in 2011 became 100 per cent Toepfer-owned and was renamed Toepfer Australia.

2010s – InVivo increases its stake and now owns 20 per cent of the Toepfer shares while ADM continues to own 80 per cent. Toepfer further expands in the Black Sea region as well as in Argentina. Sub-Saharan Africa has exciting potential for agricultural production, but is also a region with very strong population growth and thus of increasing demand. Toepfer positions itself in this market by opening an office in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2012, a new corporate identity was developed, including a new Toepfer logo. In 2013, Toepfer opened an office in Frankton, New Zealand.

2014 - ADM acquires the remaining 20 per cent minority stake of Toepfer from InVivo.