Our history

100 YEARS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The roots of the Labruyère family are deeply planted in the heart of the most beautiful French Beaujolais, Bourgogne, Bordeaux and more recently Champagne wine-growing regions. Succeeding generations have always respected traditional family and work values. Shareholders are exclusively family members guaranteeing stability and continuity leading to a vision of creating long-term value by investing selectively and in a diversified fashion in operational and financial branches.

1850

The first vines in what was to become the Moulin à Vent appellation

1880

Jean-Marie LABRUYERE created ‘Maison Laburyère’, a drugstore in Mâcon, France

1909

Edmond LABRUYERE and Charles EBERLE created ‘Labruyère et Eberlé’ a food and oil distribution company.

1909

The first wholesale shop opened in Mâcon: drugstore, food supplies and oil products.

1941

Maurice LABRUYERE became head of LABRUYERE et EBERLE

1955

TOTAL was distributed by Labruyère Group in more than 200 petrol stations in the Bourgogne, Rhône-Alpes and Provence regions.

1965

The first éGé supermarket opened in Charnay les Macon. There were to be over one hundred of them.

1973

Jean-Pierre LABRUYERE was named CEO of LABRUYERE et EBERLE.

1975

The SFC (Société Financière du Centre) was founded to handle diversification investments mainly in printing.

1976

Stakes held in Wineworld/Beringer, California: the beginning of the American adventure.

1977

SODICE was created to concentrate on food distribution activities and operating the éGé supermarkets.

1981

The GML (Grands Magasins Labruyère) were created as a joint venture with Carrefour and the first hypermarket was opened in Crêches/Sâone. Others were to follow.
Labruyère Distribution was created bringing together all of the oil distribution activities.

1987

SODICE was sold to PROMODES having multiplied its turnover by 15 in 10 years.

1988

The family bought shares in the Domaine Jacques Prieur in MEURSAULT

1989

Acquisition of a vineyard in the Napa Valley

1990

SPEOS was created bringing together diverse desktop publishing activities (bank cheques, credit cards, publishing and addressing documents for third parties).

1992

Acquisition of Château Rouget in POMEROL

From 1992

Shares were bought in diverse businesses ranging from banks (MARTIN MAUREL) to brush makers (LAFLACHERE - La Brosse & Dupont).

2001

SPEOS was sold to the Belgian Postal Service.

2004

Creation of the Private Equity Centre.

2007

Diane LABRUYERE, Edouard LABRUYERE and Sébastien BOUVET-LABRUYERE became members of the executive board and manage the operating centres of the group.

2008

‘Domaines Labruyère’ were created bringing all of the vineyards together.

2010

Vincent LABRUYERE was named chairman of the Executive Board, then of the Supervisory Board in 2017.

2012

The JM Labruyère Grand Cru
Champagne brand was created
in VERZENAY.

2012

GML was sold to Carrefour. The group remained owner of the Isle d’Abeau Sopping Centre premises in France.

2016

LDI (Labruyère Développement et Industrie) was created specialising in taking over and turning around companies in difficulty.

2017

François MORINERE arrived as CEO of the LABRUYERE GROUP

2018

The group invested in the H8 Collection hotel group and developed a short term furnished rental programme in Paris and Bordeaux.