History

HISTORY

It all started in 1968 with the creation of Cecab through the merger of 5 co‑operatives from Morbihan. Upstream and downstream activities gradually developed in Brittany and then worldwide, creating what would eventually become Cecab Group.

Let's take a look and divide the history of this group into several distinct periods:

1968‑1976 : the co‑operative organises the production of farmers in Morbihan and meets their expectations for production and marketing animals and vegetables.

1976‑1984 : The UFM co‑operative, specialising in vegetables, gets good results. This allows it to buy the d'aucy brand and develop its downstream industry through the acquisition of several canneries. Cecab co‑operative tries to structure livestock production while consolidating its network of local stores.

1984‑1997: it is during this time that the notion of "Cecab Group" takes shape. This period is marked by major industrial developments in activities related to vegetables, pork, turkey and eggs (Olympig, Volaven, Matins). The Group is growing and sees its turnover increase significantly. It is one of the important players in the Breton food industry. This commitment to transformation aimed to secure and enhance the production of members' farms while seeking to improve their pay by setting up sectors gaining customers and consumers.

1998‑2008 : Cecab Group pursues its active external growth development policy (purchase of Aubret, Karea, etc.). International Development takes a new dimension with the purchase of Globus in Eastern Europe and the construction of a vegetable canning factory in Russia. This internationalization is quite an "original" strategy for a cooperative based primarily in southern Brittany. It shows a willingness to seek new development opportunities. Meanwhile, the Group pursues an alliance strategy with Duc in poultry, Prestor and Gad in pork.

2008‑2014 : 2008 marks a turning point in the world's economic and financial environment. Tensions in the market continue to increase since the stock market crash. A crisis of consumer confidence and the world's economic model amplifies tensions and competition between operators. The last "grain" shock in 2010/2011 confirms an underlying trend: raw materials will remain expensive and volatile. Consumption continues to decrease even if food seems more resilient compared to other consumer goods.

In late 2010, Cecab Group changes its model extensively in order to focus on a more limited number of activities while anticipating the necessary expansion of the area managed by the co‑operatives.

In 2010, Cecab Group and the Belgium group Pinguin Lutosa combine their European frozen vegetable operations to become number 2 in the industry. In 2013, this partnership evolves with the acquisition of the majority shareholding of GreenYard Foods (Ex Pinguin Lutosa) in the Moréac and Comines sites. The 2012‑2014 period is marked by significant reorganisations. End of 2012, the d'aucy Long Life branch announces a project to develop its industrial and logistical activity for the 2013/2015 period. This project focuses on moving the production of canned vegetables to smaller sites and consolidating most of the production of canned ready‑made meals onto one site. The branch also stops its animal feed sector. In spring 2013, Matines SA takes over the packaging centre of Trémorel and Avril Group acquires a majority holding in the new Matines company. In 2013, Gad SAS, within a French pork branch facing structural difficulties, placed itself under the protection of the commercial court through a receivership procedure. In October, the commercial court approves the continuation plan presented by the managers of Gad SAS. The activity is refocused on the Josselin site. But the Russian ban on pork established in January 2014 considerably weakens the plan. In September 2014, the Josselin site is sold to the Intermarché group.

Cecab Group experiences a period of significant change from 2012 to 2014 with sometimes painful but necessary decisions to adapt models to economic realities and come up with more suitable models to ensure the development of the Group.

The year 2015 opens a new chapter in history. After a few reorganizations, it's time for consolidation and development. The group decides to change its name to "d'aucy Group". Cecab and UFM co‑operatives merge, the new entity keeping the name of Cecab but with a new visual identity.