The fresh produce buying, selling and distribution network, Le Saint (Guipavas, 1,500 employees, €390M consolidated turnover), is a French leading in short-circuit distribution of fresh produce. Fruit and vegetable distribution in France accounts for €250M of turnover – 46% in outside catering and 43% in major retail outlets. The group distributes its seafood through its subsidiary Top Atlantique (€100M turnover) and meat and fresh produce through is subsidiary Sodial-Legall (€35 to 40M turnover).
The group is moving to its new headquarters which comprises 3,000 m2 for order preparation with temperatures adapted to each type of product and a 3,000 m2 loading bay, from which 220 tonnes of products are shipped every day compared with 150 previously.
The organic fruit and vegetable and dried produce markets are also a growth target. The group is planning to hire an extra 50 staff.
At Couëron, near Nantes, a 8,000 m2 site will combined the activities of Nantes Marées Atlantique, which becomes Cap Marée (47 employees, €16.7M turnover), Bouyer Guindon (75 employees, €25.5M turnover) and FL44 (52 employees, €14.3M turnover). In addition, its fresh and frozen produce distribution subsidiary, Askel-Sodial Le Gall Distribution (Rennes and Quimper, 120 employees, €31.5M turnover) becomes simply Askel.
In June, the Le Saint network acquired the Comptoir des Viandes (Le Faou, four employees, €5.5M turnover), specialising in breeding, sorting, slaughtering and distributing meat from breeds exclusive to Bretagne. Le Saint is not giving up its historical site of Bourg-Blanc, where the intention is to house storage activities for the network, whilst awaiting other projects.
Source : Journal des Entreprises – 02/10/2017
Photo credit : Le Saint