On 22 May 2001, LDC has announced the merger with leaders of Huttepain Group based at La Chapelle d’Aubin (Sarthe).
This alliance enabled the Group LDC to increase its production capacity to meet the growing demands of consumers but also to acquire knowledge in live poultry production, egg and food production. The Group wanted to bring together producers and consumers by its brand Le Gaulois and guaranty product traceability.
In 2014, strong of 11 sites, Upstream division activities are:
- Poultry production
- Pork, cattle and rabbit activity
- Collect of cereals and agricultural supplies
- Egg activity
Breeding poultry: 100% French poultry production
The Upstream division and its breeding activity secure local supply for production tools of the Group. Our breeders are located nearby our production areas.
To get a sense of what this division represents, we support more than 1 400 farmers all around the country.
All of their poultry buildings represent nearly 2 million square meters, the equivalent of 280 football fields.
Concerning our production factories, they provide every year more than 600,000 tons of food to feed the whole poultry.
Our poultry activity is structured around different firms:
Huttepain Aliments, Le Mans (Sarthe), organization of poultry production specialized in chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, linked to its food factory.
Alimab, Sablé sur Sarthe (Sarthe), organization of poultry production specialized in chickens, turkeys and ducks, linked to its food factory.
Bellavol, Nueil les Aubiers (Deux Sèvres), organization of poultry production specialized in chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl and ducks, linked to its food factory.
Société Bressane de production, Louhans (Saône et Loire), organization of poultry production specialized in chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl/hen and ducks, linked to its food factory named Huttepain Soreal Aliments.
Avipro, Bessé sur Braye (Sarthe), organization of poultry production specialized in chickens and turkeys, linked to its food factory named Richard Aliments.
Ardévol, Felines (Ardèche), organization of poultry production specialized in range chickens “Label Rouge d’Ardèche”.
SYVOR, La Chapelle d’Andaine (Orne), organization of poultry production specialized in range chickens “Label Rouge de Normandie”.
Volailles de Bretagne, Ploufragan (Côtes d’Armor), organization of poultry production specialized in range chickens “Label Rouge de Bretagne”.
* A hatcher : key link in our chain
Our hatchery Betina, located at Elven (Morbihan) produces about 142 000 turkey poults every year.
Last in in our division, this activity is enforcing our chain. We now control every step of it: from the birth of poultry to our consumer.
Pork, cattle and rabbit activity
Our upstream, is also breeding pigs, cattle and rabbits in relationship with our food plants Richard Aliments, Huttepain Bouix and Alimab.
Collect of cereals
Jeusselin has been created in 1968 by Mr Jules Jeusselin and developed in the North of Sarthe and Perche.
The firm is willing to offer numerous services to meet the all the needs its customers can have (farmers, food producers, miller…):
- Follow-up and technical advices to the plot
- Agricultural convenience store
- Collect and grain drying
- Transport of cereals
Once they are collected and stocked, cereals are then transported to our feed factories where they are used as raw material.
13 000 ha controlled in the North Sarthe area
100 000 tonnes collected (wheat, corn, rapeseed, sunflower)
Our egg activity regroups a layer farm SOVOPA of 200 000 hens and a packing center among the most efficient in France.
Our packing center is sorting, packaging and sale the entire production of farmers eggs “Label Rouge de Loué” and of our laying farm SOVOPA.
Our layer farm and partnerships with farmers allows to sell more than 500 million eggs every year.
100% of the eggs “de Loué” are packed in our packing center, LOEUF
200 000 hens on our layer farm, SOVOPA
500 million eggs annually calibrated
Benefits for the Group:
Our Upstream division strengthens values of our French chain Le Gaulois, by increasing quality guaranties provided to our clients. We believe in the sustainability of our breeding farms and our French production.
Since 2002, LDC applies a French chain logo on each product Le Gaulois from our production sites. LDC provides a traceability portal on the website www.legaulois.fr which provides a complete information on farmer and farm who produces the poultry.