HR Strategy

More possibilities – Employer Branding at Melitta

Initial situation:

Melitta was founded in 1908 and is a group of companies with about 3,670 employees based in Minden in East Westphalia. They produce and market products for daily use in private households, gastronomy and other bulk users. The main markets for this international, family-owned group are Europe, North and South America as well as Asia.

Most consumers associate Melitta with coffee. The fact that the company also offers branded products such as Toppits and Swirl, holds more than 1,000 patents and operates internationally is largely unknown. This complex and for job applicants hardly-visible brand image was further complicated by the fact that the company was unaware of its true strengths and weaknesses as an employer and of their relevance for the target groups. Personnel Marketing statements were therefore limited to general statements such as “good opportunities for self-development” or “appropriate remuneration” and reference to the brand tradition – without explaining the resulting advantages for Melitta as an employer. No clear statement was made in the form of an overall concept or answer to the question: “What makes Melitta special as an employer worldwide in comparison with competitors?”

For the above reasons, the directors and personnel management initiated an international Employer Branding project under the leadership of Promerit AG.

Melitta Factsheet


The aim was to develop an overall employer positioning, valid for all brands and countries:

  • An authentic employer positioning which effectively increases the attractiveness of the employer for the relevant target groups
  • To create internal awareness of the strengths of the employer in order to strengthen the bond with the company and retain motivated and talented employees with good training
  • Clear and effective communication of the attractiveness of the employer to improve the external profile of the company in the employee market

Approach and Services of Promerit AG:

The objectives were implemented in four consecutive and inter-related project phases:


Setting out the relevant objectives and target groups for the project and initial discussion of the cultural and economic differences among the countries. During selection of the project team care was taken to ensure that the individual countries were represented and that a good balance of personnel, communications and business expertise was assured.


Determination of the strengths and weaknesses of Melitta as an employer as well as the preferences of the target group from various points of view by qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis.


Formulation and communication of an overall Employer Value Proposition (EVP), based on the actual employer characteristics and the preferences of the target groups, by means of examples and reference to the findings of the analysis phase. Creation of a complete documentation (Brand Book) which becomes the basis for all communication and interaction with job applicants.


Creation of a communication concept for internal and external publication of the positioning and supervision of the creative implementation with the agency.

Selected project results:

The project created the basis for the optimum positioning of Melitta as an employer:

  • Definition of an overall EVP (HR umbrella brand), despite the complexity of brands, target groups, countries and markets
  • Identification of potential for improvement and assurance that the attractiveness of the employer is actively put into practice
  • A new employer profile with clearly-defined and targeted messages
  • A structure of internal communications that encourages employees to become actively involved with Melitta and the specific characteristics of the company.

Client benefit:

The newly-developed positioning gives Melitta an authentic and well-defined external and internal corporate image with particular reference to important target groups. This assures that any investment in communication is made in a targeted and effective way.

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