The company

Ricola LTD is one of the most modern and innovative manufacturers of herb cough drops in the world. Ricola exports more than 60 different ranges of herb drops and teas to over 50 countries.

The family-run company has its headquarters in Laufen, near Basel, Switzerland. Subsidiary companies are located in Italy, the UK, Asia and the USA. Founded in 1930 by Emil Richterich, the company is still under family ownership. Executive board president and third generation family member Felix Richterich directs the fortunes of the company today. This is why Ricola values high quality basic ingredients, in particular the herbs, which are cultivated in the Swiss mountains using natural farming methods.

Ricola AG is also committed to economically, socially and ecologically sustainable company management. As a major employer of over 400 employees it takes its corporate responsibilities seriously. Traditional values of a family-run enterprise coupled with Swiss quality and a passion for innovation define the success of the Ricola global brand. Incidentally, the name Ricola is an abbreviation of the company’s original name Richterich & Co., Laufen.

Ricola Factory Visits

For public hygiene reasons, unfortunately no visits of our production sites are allowed. As a producer of food products and medicines Ricola is bound by the strict rules for hygiene set out by Swissmedic. We regret that our production facilities are not equipped with the necessary infrastructure for visitors’ guided tours such as galleries, walkways or an information center. Due to hygiene and legal guidelines for pharmaceutical production, we are therefore not permitted to arrange factory visits.

In our corporate film you can gain an exciting insight into our production process and the individual production steps.

Corporate film "the kiss"

We’ve also compiled a picture gallery where you can follow the entire process from herb to herb drop. View now.

However, our herb gardens are open to the general public. You can visit the Ricola herb gardens from May to September, and the gardens are especially beautiful in fine weather. For more information, please visit Ricola herb gardens.


Our values

Quality, ecology and social responsibility are top priorities for Ricola.


Tradition with a future: Ricola looks back on 80 years of company history.


From family company to global brand: Ricola is among the top 20 Swiss brands.

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