Explore the magic of plants
The white rabbit brand
Like Bonduelle, Cassegrain is a brand with a history of over 100 years that entered French people's daily lives through its selected vegetables and delicious recipes. It joined the Group's portfolio in 1989. Its ambition is to respect its strong identity – tradition, the art of selected vegetables and wow-factor marketing – and incorporate it into our Group commitments to support the food and agro-ecological transition.
"For consumers, Cassegrain is associated with flavor, home-made and revisited tradition. Our ambition is to transform each ordinary dish into an extraordinary moment!"
Cassegrain Marketing Manager
Explore the magic of plants
Cassegrain offers around 32 recipes, from the most traditional – such as Provence-style ratatouille, French bean sticks with leek ties, Paris mushrooms with crème fraîche, tender and fondant peas and Sud-Ouest-style lentils – to the more exotic, such as tajine of grilled vegetables or infused vegetables for couscous – and trendy vegetables such as red beans with a touch of spring onion and cumin, chickpeas with squash seeds and a touch of rosemary or black beans with lemongrass and lime leaves.
Like Bonduelle, Cassegrain is an expert in vegetable packaging and strives to innovate intelligently at every level. Packaging is part of this, as it is what consumers see first on the shelf. When Cassegrain launched its now famous Jockey Club rectangular tin can in 1975, it was a revolution. It superbly showcased the products and recipes provided and featured its mascot, the little white rabbit, later adorned with dark glasses and a green bow tie. This can was also available in the brand's premium product collections.
Just three years separate the creation of the Cassegrain and Bonduelle companies, during the 19th century. The two brands wrote their own stories alongside each other before joining in 1989. We take a look back at the key dates of the Cassegrain saga, an exceptional packager and an esthete of taste.
At 25 years old, Charles Cassegrain founded his company, which produced canned vegetables in glass jars. The canning principle, which allows food to be preserved for a long time, began to spread in Europe.
Charles's cannery had already grown, with cooked dishes and vegetables, as well as canned sardines and tuna. At the turn of the century, he joined forces with his son, Leopold, and the success gained traction. "Cassegrain Father and Son" had to open three new plants to meet demand.
Between 1902 and 1905, Cassegrain canned food went around the world. It was found as far afield as China, revitalising troops during the Russian-Japanese war. Against this background, it provided the assurance of healthy and uncontaminated food.
The company was taken over by Pierre and André Garnier, son of Maurice Garnier and partner of Léopold Cassegrain. The growth of "The Glorious Thirty" fueled Cassegrain, which had seven plants in 1960. This prosperous period led to the famous rectangular can in 1966, as well as its specialization in vegetable cannery.
The white rabbit became the brand's mascot. It is a symbol of purity and innocence, embodies its proximity to plants and gardens, and illustrates the freshness and naturalness of Cassegrain canned food.
The Bonduelle Group brought Cassegrain into its portfolio and supported the brand's growth, while respecting its DNA and its signifiers (mascot, can, etc.). In 1991, the individual rectangular format was launched to keep pace with households in their new ways of consuming, as well as new product ranges during the 2000s (Provence-style cooking, crushed products and starter spreads).
Tastes were changing and the flexitarian trend was gaining traction. Without abandoning its traditional well-known recipes, Cassegrain offered new ranges such as "Accords Sucrés-Salés" (compote of apples with onions and cinnamon, chestnuts with chanterelle mushrooms, prunes with almonds, etc.), "Légumes du Soleil" and revisited pulses (chickpeas, rosemary and squash seeds, etc.). Several offerings therefore coexisted to satisfy the palates and habits of several generations.
Learn more about the Cassegrain brand
Its collection of products and where to find them, its recipes, the brand’s history and fascinating information about its white rabbit mascot, the story of the Cassegrain saga – discover all this at cassegrain.com