In July 2021 devastating floods hit parts of Germany, damaging buildings and infrastructure and taking many lives. The Ahr Valley was among the worst-hit regions as over a hundred people died. The flooding caused extensive damage and forced many businesses across the region to close for an extended period.
Schragen bakery, based in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, was among the Ahr Valley businesses impacted. The bakery tried to rescue what they could as the flood hit but all that was left in the end were the tiles on the floor. The business had to close because it didn’t have the equipment or the environment to continue trading.
Founded by Wilhelm Josef Schragen in 1903, there is now a team of four people managing the bakery, with Wilhelm's great-great-granddaughter Jacqeline Büch now running it alongside her husband, who works as the master baker and confectioner. Since the floods, the bakery has learned from the Handwerkskammer (Chamber of Crafts) that they are the oldest registered bakery in the Ahr Valley.
In September 2021 they decided to rebuild the bakery and get back into business. To do so, they needed support. People impacted by the floods benefited from donations as people and organizations across the country offered help. Among those offering to help was Thilo Buck, a baker from Cadenberge. He contacted TREIF, part of Marel, to ask about donating two TREIF PEGASUS bread cutting machines to help bakers that would need them.