100 years of A.Vogel - passion for fresh plants and scientificity

Alfred Vogel enthusiastic and happy in his own little health library.
House of Alfred Vogel's birth in Aesch BL, Switzerland.
The Family from Alfred Vogel, with his Parents, Grandparents and his sister.
Mixing and filling some natural remedies in the pharmacie.
Alfred Vogel collecting plants in the swiss mountains.
Alfred Vogel writing in his house in Teufen, Eastern Switzerland.

The pharmacist or druggist routinely reaches into the shelves, when a customer asks for a product "from Vogel". The A.Vogel health brand with the distinctive green logo is present in many countries, not only in its home market of Switzerland, but also internationally. This would have pleased naturopathic pioneer Alfred Vogel (1902 - 1996), who opened his first health food store at Jurastrasse 1 in Basel 100 years ago, on 1 January 1923. At that time, he still handed his goods over the counter personally.

Alfred Vogel's vision of a naturally healthy life is carried into the world today by A.Vogel AG in Roggwil, Thurgau, as a leading manufacturer of medicinal products from freshly harvested plants with worldwide distribution. With 100 years of experience in the nature and health sector, the company aligns its strategy in 2023 focused on the future.

That makes A.Vogel strong for the years ahead

A.Vogel today in Roggwil, Switzerland 2023.


Since the first A.Vogel product went over the counter in Basel, the world and people's behaviour have changed fundamentally. Today more than ever, A.Vogel products have to meet the highest standards - both in terms of efficacy and scientific studies, as well as in terms of controlled organic cultivation of medicinal plants and production of medicinal products.

A.Vogel AG specifically relies on fresh plants and thus remains true to a fundamental principle of the company's founder: "If you take a plant fresh from the field and process it immediately, it loses none of its spectrum of active ingredients. We were also able to confirm this in our own analytical investigations and in vitro tests," explains CEO Dr. Andy Suter. "Overall, we strive to have the most potent herbal active ingredients possible, even if that means more effort in production."

With topics such as biodiversity and energy security, further new challenges have emerged.  "We are investing a lot in biodiversity at the moment. We want to give something back to nature. In addition, we opened a photovoltaic plant across the entire front in 2022, which will enable us to cover about 30 per cent of our electricity needs. We are expanding this even further, also in order to be self-sufficient to a certain extent," says the CEO.

In its anniversary year, A.Vogel AG, the largest manufacturer of phytotherapeutics in Switzerland, will now also refresh its brand identity. The core values of the A.Vogel brand - curiosity, fresh plants, love for nature, health for humanity, scientificity and integrity – all play a supporting role.


Pioneer of global thinking

Alfred Vogel exploring different countries and plants (here a Papayatree).


Company founder Alfred Vogel was a true health pioneer, convinced of the importance of organic quality in food and remedies from an early age, always on the lookout the chance to deepen his knowledge, and therefore travelling worldwide, always in contact with leading innovative researchers and entrepreneurs of his time. His global thinking is reflected today in the company's worldwide network of relationships with partners in over 25 countries, including the Netherlands, Benelux, France, Germany, Canada and the USA. "Together with our international partners, we continue to work on innovations.  And we would also like to try out more in the field of food supplements in Switzerland," reveals CEO Dr. Andy Suter - of course on the basis of clinical studies.

A.Vogel: Experience, innovative spirit and thirst for knowledge

100 years of experience in promoting and preserving a sense of lively vitality are a great treasure. Alfred Vogel's life was dedicated to finding an answer to the question of how we should live, how we may live, in order to remain healthy for as long as possible. Much of what the naturopathic pioneer wrote about medicinal plants between the 1940s and 1970s has since been impressively confirmed by scientific studies.

Alfred Vogel next to a marygold (Calendula officinalis) field in Roggwil, Switzerland.


The company founder's enthusiasm for innovation, and inquisitiveness with regard to medicinal plants, is a legacy that inspires all employees and will continue to shape the course of A.Vogel AG for many more anniversary years to come.




How healthy are you?

Take our quick quiz to discover just how healthy your immune system is, as well as some useful information about your general health and wellbeing!

Check now

UK 5-day pollen forecast

Stay up to date with the latest pollen information by finding your local pollen forecast from over 30,000 locations across the UK.

Get your local pollen count now

Healthy & nutritious dinner ideas

Get new recipes in your inbox every week. Sign up now