The history of a family,
the vision of a Group

It all began at Les Halles in Paris, where Lucien Bigard was a young employee at a butcher shop. In 1968 his entrepreneurial spirit led him to take over his employer’s company in Quimperlé. 

 

visual Lucien Bigard

A human and
industrial adventure

Visual of the headquarters of Bigard Quimperlé

PASSION, FROM FATHER TO SON

In the early years he mainly devoted himself to growing his business and passing on his love of his trade to his son Jean-Paul, who joined him on the management board in 1975.

For 20 years the two men shaped the destiny of a group that is now a crown jewel of French industry. The family narrative is marked by a turning point in 1995 when Jean­-Paul succeeded his father and decided to accelerate growth by initiating acquisitions that would form the cornerstones of the BIGARD Group.

Today the family history continues with the 3rd generation: the two grandsons, Mathieu and Maxence.

 

UNIQUE KNOW-HOW

Their shared vision has given rise to an entirely new industrial age for the Group.

Surrounded by professionals as passionate as they are, the new management continues to develop its production equipment. They have raised their Art of Meat to an industrial scale by pairing traditional know­-how and a series of pioneering innovations.

Like the signature of 3 generations, this shared taste for perfection continues to thrive at BIGARD. 

 

The key
dates of the Group

1968
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Acquisition of Socovia

1974
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Socovia becomes BIGARD

1995
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Purchase of Arcadie and Arcadie Distribution

1997
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Acquisition of Charal

2002
Logo Arcadie

Purchase of Arcadie Centre Est

2008
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Purchase of Défial abattoirs

2009
LOGO SOCOPA

Acquisition of Socopa

2017
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Purchase of CIPA

2018
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Acquisition of Nick WINTERS Group

2020
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Acquisition of part of the activities of Arcadie Sud-Ouest