70 years ZDS - Connection by confectionery

70 years of ZDS - that means many special moments, numerous candies and countless trainees, participants and members of the confectionery industry from all over the world who have accompanied us since then!

We would like to take you on a little time travel through 70 years of our history and celebrate our anniversary in a digital way in 2021: With videos, raffles, actions, little anecdotes and greetings from our members, sponsors, students and alumni. 



The Zentralfachschule der Deutschen Süßwarenwirtschaft e.V. celebrates its 70th anniversary!

The ZDS is not only a training and further education institution, it is much more, 'much more than learning':  A family industry platform that has set itself the goal of constantly informing not only the next generation, but also adults about current industry-specific developments.

The ZDS team has been fulfilling this task for more than 70 years now. Supported by many companies from the confectionery industry and their machine and raw material suppliers, the ZDS has been able to gain an excellent reputation as a unique institution, also internationally.

That's why we are sincerely grateful to our members, supporters, employees and friends of the ZDS. Let us shape the future together, a future characterized by digital opportunities and great technical and social innovations!

Well-trained specialists are the cornerstone and guarantor for ensuring the qualitative performance of modern companies. The ZDS is pursuing this goal for future generations as well.
Celebrate with us, true to the motto: "70 years of ZDS - connection by confectionery!"

Andreas Bertram
Executive Member of the Board of ZDS e.V. 

Connection by confectionery - this is also shown by the video messages and greetings below!
Every week, we will introduce you here to personalities who are closely associated with the ZDS and talk about their history or their journey with the ZDS. The series starts with Andreas Coppenrath, Chairman of the Board of ZDS.

By clicking on the respective image, you can watch the video and also enlarge it. We wish you a lot of fun while discovering!

Andreas Coppenrath

Managing Director of Coppenrath Feingebäck GmbH and Chairman of the Board of ZDS.

Alfred Pflugmacher

Former principal of ZDS
In this video interview, Mr. Pflugmacher talks about developments at ZDS and shares a little anecdote... ;-)

Nils Kalkreuter

Teacher for industrial engineering, raw material science and product development.

Mr. Kalkreuter talks a little about his time as a student and about the changes at ZDS.

Dr. Carsten Bernoth

Managing director of the Federal Association of the German Confectionery Industry e.V. (BDSI)

Dr. Bernoth talks to us about training, digitalization and topics that will move the confectionery industry in the future.

Andreas Reichert

Director Operational Services bei Rübezahl Schokoladen GmbH + Hans Riegelein & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG

Herr Reichert hat seine Ausbildung als Fachkraft für Süßwarentechnik und den Industriemeister an der ZDS absolviert und kennt und begleitet die ZDS seit vielen Jahren. In seinen Grußworten spricht er über seinen Weg mit der ZDS und deren vielfältige, erfolgreiche Entwicklung.





Fidelity discount

Did you know? 

On January 28, 1951, the "Association of the Central College of the German Confectionery Industry" (ZDS) was founded in Dortmund.

So if you have been a member of ZDS for 35 years, you will receive a 35% discount on a course/seminar of your choice!
You are not a member of ZDS or have been with us for less than 15 years? No problem - in our anniversary year we grant a 15% discount on all courses and seminars!*
You can find the complete seminar program here on our website.

* From this action are all courses of the substitute vocational school, private and technical school, individual further education measures as well as the seminars  "Choco Tec Whistleblower", "Inter Ice" and "Inter Praline" are excluded. The discount is only valid for bookings in the period from 28.01.2021 - 31.12.2021.


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