“The history of Royal Hoitsema Labels goes back to the start of the 17th century. In 1624, Arent Sipkes established himself as a bookseller in the northern Dutch city of Groningen. In 1756, the name Hoitsema first appears in the history of this printing company. Then Synco Hoitsema married Geertruida Sipkes, a daughter of Jacobus Sipkes. On 1 July 1951, the N.V. Verenigde Drukkerijen Hoitsema was founded by an amalgamation of the book printing house and an offset printing house. The latter was founded in 1907 as a lithographic printing house by N. Hindriks. In 1953, the company was granted the “Royal” designation on occasion of its 300th anniversary.
In the sixties, Hoitsema changes its course. The transition to the booming label market is made. It turns out to be a good move, and Hoitsema becomes one of the largest label printers on the Dutch market. More and more renowned international companies discover the craftsmanship of the Netherlands’ oldest printing house, and before long, the company is active in various markets: tobacco, wines and beverages, soft drinks, canned products and dairy products. Even today, Royal Hoitsema Labels still produces countless paper labels, as well as cardboard packaging.”