A specialist in processing vegetables and egg products, the d’Aucy cooperative group (ex-Cecab, Theix, 4,800 employees, €1.3MM turnover) has announced a €130M investment plan between 2016 and 2018 to modernise its four Bretagne factories (Locminé, Ploërmel, Le Faouët and Saint-Thurien) and assist its nine thousand producers. This will involve industrial investments accompanied by greater commitment to organic and feeding animals with plant proteins. According to the group’s Managing Director, A. Perrin, €100M will be allocated to developing production capacities and environmental protection (water treatment plant and methanisation unit) and €30M to renewal tools, including €17M investment to turn the egg-breaking facility at Ploërmel into a high-technology tool. With canning plants in Spain and Hungary, d’Aucy announces its desire for new external growth, whilst nevertheless restructuring its smallest and non-profitable tools.
Although the vegetable canning sector is still problematic in France, Great Britain and Germany, it is still growing in the other European countries. Every year, d’Aucy sells 65 million tins of vegetables through the major retail outlets and is rising towards the leader in outside catering (schools and commercial catering chains). Without abandoning its traditional tinned vegetables, d’Aucy is embarking on more complex recipes – cooked dishes in trays, mixed vegetable stir-fries, meat and vegetable dishes – and innovative ones (boiled eggs in their shells pasteurised and pre-cut with a laser). The group is also focusing on international sales which currently accounts for 15% of its business. The goal is to increase this to 30% within five to seven years.
Source : Ouest France Entreprises – 18/04/2016
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