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The construction of an international agricultural cooperative group
Guided by a strong ambition and a long-term view of its development, Limagrain is seeking to become a benchmark international player in seeds and cereal products, while also cultivating its base in Auvergne, where it has its roots. A unique history that continues to be written based on its three values: progress, perseverance and cooperation.
The acquisition of Jacquet marked Limagrain's entry into the bakery world. It reflected the Group's desire to extend its integrated chain strategy from seed to bread. Jacquet gave Limagrain a way to ensure opportunities for the production of its farmer members through value chains. In return, Jacquet gained in strength and popularized its select flour, meeting specific needs. In 2011, Brossard enhanced Jacquet by providing it with the products and skills of the French leader in pastries. Today, Jacquet Brossard is the No. 1 French industrial baker.
In 1983, the Group perceived the emergence of biotechnology and decided to create a cellular and molecular biology laboratory dedicated to plant improvement. Biosem was opened in 1986. At the time, Limagrain was the only European seed group to have such a research structure. Convinced that biotechnology investments were out of reach for a player acting alone, Limagrain created Biogemma in 1997, in partnership with other French seed companies, then Genective in 2011, in partnership with the German seed company KWS. In 2012, at Chappes in the heart of Limagne, Limagrain set up the largest European research station dedicated to field seeds.
As the European leader in corn, Limagrain wanted to establish itself in the United States to continue its activity and have access to American corn genetics. A decision was made to open a first research station in Kirkland, Illinois. Fairly quickly, other stations were created. At the beginning of the 1990s, business covered the heart of the Corn Belt and Canada. It was then supplemented by the acquisition of several North American seed companies in Illinois, Indiana and Ontario. As players that were until then fairly limited, Limagrain and the German seed company KWS combined their efforts in 2000 to create AgReliant, a 50/50 joint venture which brought together their activities of corn and soybean in North America. Today, AgReliant is No. 3 in America in corn seeds.
The history of Limagrain began in 1965. Mindful of the development of hybrids in the United States, a team of young directors were convinced that corn offered great potential. The Board then took a bold step: to launch the Cooperative into research, by creating a station on the Domaine de Mons in Aubiat in France. It had an original goal: to create varieties of early corn, adapted to northern Europe. In 1970, Limagrain registered its first corn hybrid: LG 11. Very quickly, LG 11 propelled the company to become the leader in France, and then in Europe, in early corn. The starting point for the Limagrain adventure.