Jean Routhiau launched into the venture of a lifetime. With two other people, he created the company that bears his name, specialising in poultry-based products (cooked meats): an area that Jean Routhiau knew well, as he had absorbed his expertise from his parents.
With its keen nose for anticipating key markets, the JEAN ROUTHIAU company started up a Confit Meats business, rapidly becoming a specialist.
The business grew, together with the tonnage (21 metric tons per year at the time). In response to this growth, the company built a second production site of 1,500 m² at Saint-Fulgent for its Confit Products.
Jean Routhiau's butchers extended their skills by developing the Stuffed Meats business.
The Jean Routhiau company turned to out-of-home (OOH) catering, and developed its Ready Meal business.
Two years later, further expansion led it to acquire another production site in Saint-Fulgent.
Twenty years after its creation, Jean Routhiau extended its expertise to the intermediate foodstuffs market and frozen food distribution circuits, providing products for a new clientele.
This saw the start of the Carpaccio business, which made Jean Routhiau a trailblazer in this range. It remains a benchmark for the entire trade, thanks to its patented production procedure.
For example, the Brioche Perdue (French toast) made the brand a reference with its patented manufacturing process, followed by the highly popular chocolate mousse.
The Routhiau Group was formed by the union of these three entities, all driven by a single passion: to share a taste for good things, and relish the pleasure of cooking for others.
These three independent and complementary firms have a total workforce of 350 divided between four production units, all located in the Vendée region (France), with a total surface area of 25,600 m². The group's total annual volume of manufactured products is 8,200 metric tons.
Between now and 2018, the Routhiau Group has set itself a goal - to be perceived by its customers as the top specialist in each of its business lines: