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7 decembrie 2016La Lorraine Bakery Group wins Family Business Award of Excellence

PRESS RELEASE, 7 DECEMBER 2016

During the evening of 7 December 2016 in Brussels, La Lorraine Bakery Group was elected to become ambassador of the Belgian “Family Business Award of Excellence.” Ernst & Young (EY) organised this initiative together with FBN Belgium and GUBERNA, three key players committed to the development of family businesses in Belgium. The other finalists were Ardo, Puratos, Van De Velde and the Van Roey Group. Chaired by Luc De Bruyckere, the panel of judges commended La Lorraine Bakery Group in particular for its authenticity, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship, qualities forming a unifying theme within an outstanding governance structure.


This award is made in recognition of family businesses that stand out in terms of good governance both in the family and business, their vision and maintenance of family values, ensuring the entrepreneurial spirit is passed on from generation to generation, their communication strategy and social commitment.

Guido Van Herpe, La Lorraine Bakery Group CEO, was handed the award by panel member De Bruyckere. A wholly Belgian family-owned group operating in the European bakery sector, La Lorraine Bakery Group is a market leader in Belgium for the manufacture and distribution of a wide range of freshly baked bread and pastry products. It also one of the leading players for frozen bakery specialities and bread packed in a protective atmosphere. Operating in 25 countries, the group is under the management of the third generation. Employing more than 3,000 people, this fast-growing family business posted a turnover of €620 million in 2015. Their Panos store concept is the standard by which others are judged on the Belgian filled soft roll market.

Rudi Braes, Managing Partner of EY Belgium explains: “The Family Business Award of Excellence is designed first of all to pay tribute to high-performance family businesses in our country. This initiative is aimed at encouraging such businesses to share their experiences and best practices. They are the basis of, the engine behind our economy. All the finalists are excellent organisations with enviable track records and prepared to continue developing their legacies in the midst of this disruptive world.”

 

Rewarded for authenticity, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship


The panel of judges chose as their criteria good governance, vision and the maintenance of family values, ensuring the entrepreneurial spirit is passed on from generation to generation, the communication strategy and the social commitment of the company. Chaired by Luc De Bruyckere the panel members were Christ’l Joris, Catherine Noel, Jacques Crahay, and Matthieu Boone.

The panel chairman Luc De Bruyckere explains how the panel reached its decision: “La Lorraine Bakery Group is a copybook example of how it should be done. Its strong and clear vision for the company and family and has been remarkably successful in reflecting this vision within the structures. La Lorraine has created specific tools for ensuring that an outstanding system of governance is developed that is espoused and applied within the family and between the family and management. What is more, the enthusiasm and feelings are clearly perceptible, while the emphasis continues to be firmly placed on entrepreneurship. Excellent and timely preparations have also been made for the succession. La Lorraine is authentic and able to count on a fluent discourse. The company has demonstrated how very resilient it was in the wake of the serious fire that devastated the main registered office in 2008. Finally, it has succeeded in adopting a visionary approach to developing a controlled international presence. La Lorraine is therefore an excellent example of what we seek to highlight with this award”.


Award for Belgian family-run businesses that excel


This is the third time EY has joined forces with FBN Belgium and GUBERNA to organise the Family Business Award of Excellence. La Lorraine Bakery Group is following Reynaers Aluminium (2015) and Cosucra (2014). La Lorraine Bakery Group was also chosen to be the “Company of the Year” in 2012. As Belgian ambassador of the ‘Family Business Award of Excellence’, La Lorraine Bakery Group will represent our country during the annual Family Business Summit being held in Monte Carlo in early June.

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11 octombrie 2016Third production line at La Lorraine Romania

PRESS RELEASE
Câmpia Turzii (Romania), September 30, 2016


The official launch event of La Lorraine Romania’s third production line took place on September 30th, in Câmpia Turzii. The new line is designed for the production of Kaiser Rolls.

La Lorraine Romania, a joint venture between La Lorraine Bakery Group and Macromex, is the largest and most modern frozen bakery plant in Romania. Since its official opening in November 2011, due to the high demand for convenience and premium quality, the factory has expanded to 3 production lines, which has tripled the production in the last five years.

This state-of-the art frozen bakery plant is part of an ambitious expansion plan of La Lorraine Bakery Group in fast-growing Eastern-Europe emerging markets. The new production line also implied an important expansion by 6.000 square meters of the factory and a 10 mil. Euros investment. The total investment in the Romanian factory amounts to 29 mil. Euros today.

State-of-the-art lay-out design, cutting edge technology and a highly skilled operating team make La Lorraine Romania one of the most efficient frozen bakery plants in Europe. It produces a remarkable range of breads in all shapes, textures and sizes. More than 100 types of products are being made on the 3 lines. The first line is dedicated to the production of rolls and baguettes, the second line is destined for rustic products, while the new line produces Kaiser Rolls.

Today the factory is receiving daily 80 tons of high specification flour from local mills. This makes La Lorraine Romania one of the largest clients for local suppliers.

The food safety policy is very simple for La Lorraine Bakery Group : zero tolerance. No expense is spared to make sure the products are 100% safe for consumers. Strict safety, hygiene and quality procedures are in place and every hour batches are sampled and tested. The plant has also received the IFS 6 certificate, one of the highest food standards in the world.

The 3 fully automated production lines work 24/7, with more than 30% of the energy being supplied by a solar park nearby.

The products are stored in the logistic center nearby – Edenia Distribution Center, the highest frozen high bay in Europe. From there they are shipped to customers in Romania and across several other countries, ranging from modern and traditional retailers to HORECA clients. In Romania, the products can be found in the biggest chain stores but also in foodservice.

From a small team of 28 members, La Lorraine Romania has now become one of the largest employers in the region. The highly qualified local team shares the knowledge of the entire La Lorraine Bakery Group through sustained trainings several times a year. They carry on the group’s superior quality standards, expertise and passion for bread.






Guido Vanherpe CEO La Lorraine Bakery Group en Dan Minulescu CEO Macromex



22 septembrie 2016Inauguration new state-of-the-art bakery plant

PRESS RELEASE
Manisa (Turkey), September 22nd, 2016


La Lorraine Bakery Group is proud to officially inaugurate its new frozen bakery plant in Manisa.

The state-of-the art frozen production plant is part of an ambitious expansion plan of La Lorraine Bakery Group in fast-growing emerging markets such as Eastern-Europe and Turkey.

The investment of 23 million Euro (100 Million Turkish lira) in the new Manisa plant will allow La Lorraine Turkey to be a pioneer of high-quality frozen bakery (or 'bake-off') products and to become a leading bakery company offering to the Turkish consumers a wide choice of innovative bakery products, such as French baguettes, bread rolls, artisan breads and ciabatta.

The ‘Bake-off’ technology allows supermarkets and foodservice (HORECA) customers to offer top quality and freshly baked bakery products to their clients at affordable prices.


La Lorraine Turkey


La Lorraine Turkey was created in 2013 as a frozen Bakery import & sales division of La Lorraine Bakery Group. In 2014 La Lorraine Turkey started supplying the Migros retail chain with a complete assortment of frozen part-baked Bakery products, which are baked every day to ultimate freshness in each of the supermarket stores.

In 2015 the company started developing a network of frozen distributor's to supply its foodservice (HORECA Hotel restaurant and Cafeteria) customers in and around the main Turkish cities, such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, (Bursa), Bodrum, Antalya, Bursa, Adana and (Mersin).

The newly built plant starts its operation with one fully automated bread line(s). In the future the plant can increase its capacity with 6 additional bakery lines to widen its assortment in breads, croissants and savory products.

La Lorraine Turkey will employ 80 (around 100) people by the end of 2016.

In the next 5 years the La Lorraine Turkey expects to invest another 20 mio Euro (100 million Turkish Lira) in production capacity extension and will increase the number of employees to 150 people.


La Lorraine Bakery Group


La Lorraine Bakery Group is a 100% Belgian family-based group, which is active in Milling and Bakery. It was created in 1939 and was able to build in the last 77 years a unique expertise in bakery.

Today the group has become one of the leading companies in the European bakery industry thanks to a dynamic international expansion and innovation strategy. It has been in particular successful to expand its frozen Bakery business in Eastern Europe & Turkey. La Lorraine Bakery Group employs over 3150 employees and will achieve in 2016 a consolidated turnover of about 675 mio Euro. The group has 12 modern bakery plants of which 8 are located in Belgium and 3 in CEE countries (Poland, Czech Republic and Romania). In 2016 the group has opened its newest frozen bakery plant in Turkey.


Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 - Belgium


In 2012 La Lorraine Bakery Group received the Award of ‘Entrepreneur of the year 2012 – Belgium’, thanks to its successful growth and innovation strategy during the last decades.





20 septembrie 2016HighBay Erpe-Mere

In September 2016, Guido Vanherpe gave an interview to KanaalZ concerning the construction of the Highbay in Erpe-Mere (in Dutch).

Discover the short movie here.


11 martie 2016La Lorraine Bakery Group sponsors the new Napoleon Games Cycling Cup

The Belgian Cycling Cup is a new test of regularity comprising ten one-day races, evenly spread across Belgium and forming part of the UCI Europe Tour.

The aim is to allow young cyclists the opportunity to gain the spotlight during the long-haul test and measure themselves against today's leading lights.



The new organisation will help boost the reputation and enhance the experience of these competitions.

All the races will be broadcast live by the broadcasters VTM and RTBF, covered during television news programmes and featured in reports by the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.

Discover the whole programme on www.napoleongamescyclingcup.be.

22 decembrie 2015Acquisition of Le Bon Grain Morlanwelz

End of December 2015, La Lorraine Bakery Group took over the bankrupt production plant of Le Bon Grain Morlanwelz.

The company will be called La Lorraine Morlanwelz SA.

The acquisition and the plant of Morlanwelz has several strategic advantages for LLBG:


-    Good and complementary geographic location
-    Can, in the future, relieve our other fresh plants, when they reach their maximum capacity.
-    Nice factory and production facilities on a surface of 5,7 ha, with expansion capacity.
-    This should enhance an extra turnover of 10 mio euro in the region of Morlanwelz.
-    So globally, a nice enforcement of our global fresh strategy in Belgium.

The acquisition was done in a really short period of 5 days, a new record for LLBG.

This could happen thanks to a strong and competent teamwork.

14 octombrie 2015INAUGURATION Fully automated frozen High-Bay Warehouse at La Lorraine Polska Sp. z o.o.

Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, 14 October 2015 – 9.30.
La Lorraine Bakery Group is proud to officially inaugurate its new fully automated frozen High-Bay warehouse in Poland in the presence of his Majesty the King of the Belgians.
The state-of-the-art warehouse is part of an ambitious investment program of 50 mio Euro which will allow the La Lorraine Polska frozen bakery plant to double its production capacity.
La Lorraine Bakery Group is a Belgian based family company active in milling and baking for more than 75 years. La Lorraine started its long term ‘Go-East’ strategy 15 years ago and has since then become one of the market leaders of frozen bakery products in Eastern Europe and in Poland. This strategy has brought a large range of innovative bakery products to the CEE and Polish consumers, using the very successful ‘bake-off’ technology. ‘Bake-off’ allows supermarkets and horeca customers to offer top quality and ultimate fresh bakery products to their clients at affordable prices.  
In 2012 the group’s long term vision and successful growth of more than 10% per year during the last decade were rewarded as ‘Entrepreneur of the year 2012 – Belgium’.


High-bay Warehouse


Fully automated High-bay warehouses are state-of-the-art innovative warehouses. The La Lorraine Polska High Bay warehouse is a 41 meters high silo construction with an inner rack structure which can contain 16.000 pallets. Pallets are loaded and unloaded in a fully automatic way by robot cranes. As no people may enter into the warehouse, the oxygen level within the building can be reduced to 15%, which reduces fire risk to an absolute minimum. This innovative warehouse concept also allows a significant saving of energy, which has a positive impact on our environment.

La Lorraine Poland


La Lorraine Polska started its sales operations in Poland in 2001 to introduce bake-off into the Polish market. In 2005 it acquired a Polish bakery company in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki. Since then the group invested approx. 70 million euro in its Polish operation, expanding the factory to a capacity of 10 state-of-the-art production lines. La Lorraine Polska has a turnover of 75 mio euro and offers today jobs to more than 600 people. The mission of La Lorraine Polska is to produce and sell innovative bakery products (such as baguettes, ciabatta, etc. ...) to the Polish market.  

La Lorraine Bakery Group


La Lorraine Bakery Group is a 100% Belgian family-based group which is active in Milling and Bakery. It was created in 1939 by Gerard Vanherpe. Today the group has become one of the leading companies in the European bakery industry thanks to a dynamic international expansion and innovation strategy. La Lorraine employs over 2800 employees and will achieve in 2015 a consolidated turnover of about 600 mio Euro.
The  group has 10 modern bakery plants of which 7 are located in Belgium and 3 in CEE countries (Poland, Czech Republic and a JV in Romania). In 2016 the group plans to open its next frozen bakery plant in Turkey.

4 octombrie 2015An impression of Open Days (Open Bedrijvendag) 2015

Thanks to all our visitors


The movie below gives an impression of the good atmosphere during the Open Days (Open Bedrijvendag) 2015.
La Lorraine Bakery Group would like to thank all its visitors for their enthusiasm.


4 octombrie 2015Headquarters in Ninove (Belgium) opens its doors

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On october 4, 2015 La Lorraine Bakery Group - production plant in Ninove (Belgium) opens its doors for the public.

Find out more pictures on this website after the event.

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3 februarie 2015Vlajo, Entrepreneurs in the classroom

From 12 January through 13 February 2015 the new edition of "Entrepreneur in the Classroom' takes place, the largest educational project between the final year of secondary school and higher education and companies in Flanders.

Faced with a looming major study or profession choice many young people ask important questions: what do companies expect from graduates; which skills are necessary to successfully work in a company and what are entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs exactly? Nothing is more exciting than asking those questions directly to enthusiastic entrepreneurs and company directors themselves!

In this edition 350 entrepreneurs and managers will give more than 550 lectures  on entrepreneurship over 5 weeks secondary schools and colleges throughout Flanders. Thereby more than 11 000 young people are given the unique opportunity to get in touch with the business world and to ask all their burning questions to experienced professionals.

On 3 February 2015 Guido Vanherpe CEO LLBG, will give a classroom session to the students of the 6th year economics at the St. Barbara College in Ghent.

Guido Vanherpe: "This is a wonderful initiative to inspire 18 year old young people and to motivate them to be enterprising in the professional and life choices they have to make. Entrepreneurship can be shown in all professions by developing a passion for what they do. Passion leads to better results and greater satisfaction! It is not just the job that gives satisfaction, but especially the way people view that job. "

31 octombrie 2014Interview with Guido Vanherpe

Discover the interview with Guido Vanherpe, CEO La Lorraine Bakery Group for the local TV station TV OOST.