1939
Founding of a family company

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Our story starts with Gerard Vanherpe, who sets up a flour mill (Ganda Molens) in Ghent, Belgium. Today, his grandsons Guido and Marc Vanherpe are the 3rd generation to lead our company.

"A hard-working, no nonsense, lifelong entrepreneur with vision, passion for quality & excellence."

1973
From acre to baker

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In the sixties, Gerard’s sons Erik and Johan join the company. By taking over ‘La Lorraine Artisan Bakery’ in Ninove (Belgium), the business diversifies from milling into bakery. The bakery was founded in 1943 at Place Sainte Catherine in Brussels and moved to new premises in 1970.

1980’s
Breakthrough innovation

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LLBG pioneers with a groundbreaking new bakery technology: bake-off. Products are partially baked, frozen and then delivered to the clients who bake off exactly what they need and when they need it. More convenience, less waste!

1982
Panos is born

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Start-up of the concept Panos. Aim: selling bread, viennoiserie and quick sandwich lunches to consumers. First store opens in Ostend (Belgium).

1989
New frozen factory

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Construction of a new frozen bakery in Erpe-Mere (Belgium).

1999
‘Go East strategy’ takes off

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For the first time, LLBG invests outside of its home country Belgium. We go east, towards the Czech Republic, where we start a joint venture with bakery Delta Frozen in Kladno (near Prague).

2005
First steps in Poland

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Our ‘Go East strategy’ continues with the acquisition of Nowakowski bakery in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, near Warsaw, now known as La Lorraine Poland.

2005
Welcome, PANESCO!

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In the same year, LLBG also acquires and adds a brand to its portfolio: PANESCO Europe, which focuses on foodservice.

2008
Disastrous fire

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On 28 October, a huge fire destroys our largest fresh bakery in Ninove (Belgium). It is completely rebuilt in only a year.

“What does not kill you, makes you stronger.”

2012
Entrepreneur of the Year

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LLBG is nominated ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, a prestigious award in Belgium. The event created a fantastic feeling of pride and togetherness in our entire organisation. Alongside us in the hall of fame are many great Belgian companies such as Soudal, Katoen Natie, DEME, etc. 

2014
First Highbay warehouse

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Opening of our first Highbay, in the Czech Republic. It is a high-tech frozen warehouse of more than 40 meters high, drastically increasing our production and storage capacity and improving our logistic flow.

2016
Opening new Turkish production site

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LLBG builds a brand new state-of-the-art bakery near Izmir, Turkey. Our gateway to the Turkish and Middle East markets!

2019
80 Years of Shared Passion

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LLBG celebrates its 80th birthday with all 4,000 employees across the group, throwing fantastic parties which will be remembered for a long time!