Groupe Le Duff and its subsidiary Bridor announced the acquisition of Lecoq Cuisine Corporation – a North American producer of Viennese and French-style pastries. With this purchase, the Group is supporting Bridor’s growth. Prior to this move, Le Duff had invested more than EUR 200 million in its North American production sites.
Lecoq Cuisine manufactures and markets more than 150 varieties of premium products, in particular viennoiseries (sweet and savory croissants, Danishes with a wide range of cream cheese and fruits, cinnamon rolls, puff pastries and brioches). Pastry chef Eric Lecoq founded Lecoq Cuisine in 1991 in New York; although its main market is the US, it also exports to Canada and the Caribbean. The products are manufactured at the company’s production site in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The company employs 250 collaborators and its revenue stands at USD 60 million (2022).
Louis Le Duff, Founder and Chairman of Le Duff Group and Bridor, said in a statement: “Having followed Eric Lecoq’s exemplary career with great interest for several years, I am especially proud of this acquisition. The Group’s international history is closely linked to America, which is my second home.”
Philippe Morin, CEO of Bridor, emphasizes: “We could not be more pleased to be able to incorporate Lecoq Cuisine into the Bridor and Le Duff family. Eric Lecoq’s unparalleled commitment to excellence, coupled with the individual passion and craft that goes into every product, make us natural partners for each other.”
Eric Lecoq, founder & CEO of Lecoq Cuisine, also commented on the business move: “Our intense focus on excellence and innovation is matched only by Le Duff’s reputation and track record for producing high-quality products and exceptional customer service throughout its almost 50-year history. I am honored to join Le Duff’s founder, the pioneer Louis Le Duff, and his team in exploring our next phase of growth. Together, we will be a powerhouse in every market in which we will operate.”
A leader in bakery-pastry, café bakery and pizza-pasta, Le Duff Group is present in more than 100 countries, on five continents. It was founded in 1976 by Louis Le Duff and owes its success to its restaurant chains (Brioche Dorée, Del Arte, Fournil de Pierre, La Madeleine (US), Kamps (Germany), and more), as well as to Bridor, which manufactures premium bakery and pastry products; and to Frial and Cité Gourmande, which manufacture vegetables and regional-style ready meals.
The Group’s turnover is estimated at EUR 2.50 billion in 2022.
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