Lesieur [large company]
A food manufacturer founded in 1908, Lesieur is a major player in the production and marketing of oils and sauces.
A part of the Avril group, Lesieur has been a member of Vitagora since 2009.
"Vitagora helped us to understand the business value of emerging food trends, such as consumer wellbeing. The events organised by the cluster provide us with an opening onto relevant and promising topics on which we are still finding our feet. It is very important for a company like Lesieur to be able to meet with and learn about innovations coming from smaller companies."
Sylvie Breton, Innovation and R&D director
Agrial [large company]
Agrial is one of France's leading agricultural cooperatives and food companies. It groups together more than 14,000 farmers and carries out food processing in Europe, Africa and the USA.
Agrial has been a member of Vitagora since 2013.
"The events organised by Vitagora enrich my network of innovation experts. It is a means for me to carry out intelligence gathering: for product and market trends and on consumer expectations. This intelligence is used by our marketing department and to enrich our overall strategy. The forecast and scenarios that are identified allow us to evaluate the impact of innovation on our value chain."
Rémi Richard, R&D and innovation manager
Dijon Céréales [SME]
Dijon Céréales is the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region's leading agricultural group with nearly 4,000 farmers and a staff of 650 employees. It is active around grain production and milling, vegetable production, retail and logistics.
Dijon Céréales has been a member of Vitagora since its launch. Pierre Guez, the managing director, is also president of Vitagora.
"The Vitagora Café sessions provide us with valuable information on a number of subjects: experiences, expert advice, market trends... The warm welcome and the friendly atmosphere of the meetings puts us at ease and make for open discussions."
Loïc Viguier, Industrial markets, retail and export manager
Schiever [large company]
With 10 retail chains and 160 stores, Schiever is a major French retail player.
Schiever has been a member of Vitagora since 2009.
"By taking part in the "design thinking" training session organised by Vitagora, I discovered an innovative concept that allowed us to overcome a number of obstacles in generating new ideas. It was the fresh perspective that we were looking for."
Hervé Frabboni, Sustainability and communication manager