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1853 Foundation of "Lesaffre and Bonduelle" a distillery to produce alcohol from grain.
1862 Construction of a Distillery in Renescure (Northern France) by "Lesaffre and Bonduelle"
1926 Construction of a canning factory in Renescure by Pierre and Benoît Bonduelle
1947 Creation of the Bonduelle brand
1963 Construction of a factory in Estrées-en-Chaussée (Picardy, France)
1968 Beginning of the frozen vegetables activity
1969 Creation of Bonduelle Deutschland in Homburg
1972 Creation of Bonduelle Italia in Milan, now based in Peschiera Borromeo (Milan) and Montichiari (Brescia)
1973 Creation of Bonduelle Great Britain in Maidstone, now based in Reading
1978 Construction of a sweetcorn factory in Labenne (South-Western France)
1980 Acquisition of the Marie Thumas brand
1982 Creation of Bonduelle Nederland B.V. in Veghel, now based in Eindhoven
1986 Creation of Bonduelle España and acquisition of the factory in Milagro (Navarra)
1987 Partnership with Maïsadour and acquisition of the factory in Haut-Mauco (South-Western France)
Creation of Primeurop with the Russy-Bémont factory (Picardy)
1988 Creation of Bonduelle Portugal with its factory in Santarem
1989 Partnership with the Pau Coop and construction of the Bordères factory (South-Western France)
Acquisition of the Cassegrain brand and the sites in Flaucourt (Picardy) and Villeneuve-sur-Lot (South-Western France)
Creation of Bonduelle Danmark in Copenhagen
1990 Bonduelle Deutschland sets up sales forces in the 5 new Länder in Eastern Germany
1991 Creation of Bonduelle Ceská Republika in Prague
1992 Creation of Bonduelle Polska in Warsaw
Creation of Bonduelle Hungaria in Budapest and purchase of the Nagykörös factory
1994 Creation of Bonduelle do Brasil in São Paulo
Creation of Bonduelle Slovensko in Bratislava
Creation of Bonduelle Russia in Moscow
Purchase of the Gniewkowo factory (Poland)
1995 Creation of a new visual identity
1996 Roll-out of the new visual identity on all Bonduelle branded packaging in all countries
Creation of Bonduelle Argentina in Buenos Aires
1997 Beginnings in the fresh food sector with the acquisition of "Salade Minute", with its 4 factories: Genas, Machecoul, Saint-Mihiel for the 4th range, and in Saint-Benoist-Sur-Vanne for the “traiteur” range.
Launch of the Bonduelle brand in the chilled sector, for Food Service
Signature of agreements on the reorganisation and reduction of working hours in France
1998 Launch of the Bonduelle brand in the chilled sector, for the retail market in France
Introduction on the Secondary Stock Market in Paris
Creation of Bonduelle Inc in New Jersey (USA)
1999 Launch of the Bonduelle brand in the chilled sector, for the retail market in Italy Acquisition of the assets of Avril/Cirio France (private label brands in France): Vaulx-Vraucourt (Northern France), Rosières en Santerre (Picardy)
Sporting sponsorship: construction of a multihull yacht and the choice of French skipper Jean Le Cam to start a sailing activity
2000 Reorganisation of the Group into a federation of 5 subsidiaries
Takeover of Cielo e Campo (chilled vegetables in Italy) and its factory in Peschiera Borromeo (Milan)
Creation of Bonduelle Frische (Chilled, Germany)
2001 Purchase of Frudesa (Spain), and its frozen factory in Benimodo (Valencia)
Merger of Cielo e Campo and Ortobell (leader of the Italian chilled market and its 2 factories San Paolo d'Argon (Bergamo) and Battipaglia (Salerno)
Creation of a sales agency in Kiev (Ukraine)
2002 Acquisition of a factory in Hungary in Bekescsaba
2003 Acquisition of Michel Caugant (2 factories in Rosporden in the Finistère region of France)
Creation of a sixth subsidiary,"Bonduelle Traiteur", following the integration of Michel Caugant
Start of works in the Krasnodar factory (Russia)
Inauguration of a 4th range salad factory in Straelen in Germany (September 2003)
Sporting sponsorship: launch of the monohull programme in view of the Vendée Globe Challenge 2004
2004 Opening of the Krasnodar factory (Russia)
Creation of the Louis Bonduelle Foundation, which gives a concrete expression to Bonduelle’s commitment at the heart of Nutrition
2005 The Bonduelle brand becomes number one in Russia
Creation of Soléal, a joint venture between the Bonduelle Group and three of its cooperative partners: Euralis Group, Maïsadour and Vivadour, based in Bordères (Landes, France)
2006 Bonduelle strengthens its positions in Spain through the acquisitions of Unilever’s frozen activity in Spain
Acquisition of a stake in Aliments Carrière, the leading Canadian canned and frozen vegetables producer
2007 Acquisition of Aliments Carrière, the leading Canadian canned and frozen vegetables producer
creation of a 7th subsidiary
60th anniversary of the Bonduelle brand
2008 Evolution of the visual identity
Alliance with Coopagri Bretagne for the activity of vegetables frozen in private label.
Acquisition of the La Corbeille, the Belgian producer of vegetables in canned food

Boasting a rich history, strong values and unique know-how, the Group bases its strategy on the continuity, independence and fulfilment of its employees. This strategy has enabled it to become the world leader in prepared vegetables.


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