The Tereos Group originated in 1932 when a few farmers, encouraged by Paul Cavenne, set up the Origny cooperative distillery in the Aisne department in France. At that time the factory processed 400 metric tons of sugar beets per day. In 1951, the distillery was converted into a sugar factory which processed 900 metric tons of sugar per day.
The history of the growth of Origny and then the SDA (Sucreries et Distilleries de l’Aisne, the sugar factories and distilleries of the Aisne department) shows that the Tereos Group has emerged from the development of closer ties between several cooperatives; each cooperative has its own story. Find out about the history of Béghin Say (merged in 2002) and SDHF (merged in 2006).
The Origny (Aisne) cooperative merges with the Vic-sur-Aisne (Aisne) cooperative, where the sugar factory has been processing 5,500 tons of sugar beets per day since 1951. The merged entity takes the name of ‘Sucreries et Distilleries de l’Aisne’, SDA, one of the largest sugar beet cooperatives in France.
SDA acquires the Berneuil-sur-Aisne sugar factory in France (Oise).
The first expansion abroad takes place in the Czech Republic with the acquisition of the Dobrovice sugar factory. The objective is to establish a base in central Europe for the production and marketing of sugar in the region.
From 1993 onwards, initial investment in the processing of cereals sees the creation of an ethanol plant in Origny.
Maizy, Brie and Bucy
Maizy, Brie and Bucy
SDA acquires three factories in France (Aisne): the sugar factory in Maizy, the distillery in Brie and the sugar factory in Bucy-le-Long.
In order to expand the product portfolio to meet the needs of its clients, a maize glucose production operation is set up in Marckolsheim in France (Alsace): Syral.
SDA merges with the Artenay sugar factory-distillery in France (Loiret). This merger of two cooperatives results in the creation of the SDA Union.
SDA Union takes a decisive step in its international expansion by establishing itself in Brazil to process sugar cane. This venture gains momentum when the relationship with Béghin-Say brings its subsidiary Guarani into the Group.
The Bois Rouge sugar factory is the Group’s first operation in Réunion. In 2010 the Group continues its expansion in Réunion with the acquisition of the Gol sugar factory.
The merger of the two companies makes this new cooperative group the leading French sugar manufacturer, bringing together 9,500 cooperative members. The number of sugar beet sugar factory-distilleries in France increases from five to ten. The consumer brand of Béghin-Say and the Brazilian company, Guarani, are brought into the Group’s portfolio. Tereos is born.
The Group establishes the factory in Lillebonne (Seine-Maritime) in France, which today produces starches, proteins and alcohol.
Tereos merges with the sugar beet cooperative, SDHF (Sucreries et Distilleries des Hauts de France), the leader in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region (factories in Lillers, Attin, Abbeville). As a result, the Group grows its operations and reinforces its leadership in the French market. Discover the origins of SDHF.
Tereos sets up in Mozambique by taking over one of the four sugar factories in the country – the one in Marromeu. With regard to sugar, this is one of the best performers of the less developed countries and it strengthens Tereos’ presence in the Indian Ocean region.
Starches in Europe
Starches in Europe
Tereos acquires five glucose starch mills, thus becoming the third ranked European starch mill.
Guarani, its Brazilian subsidiary, is first listed on BM&F Bovespa, the São Paulo Stock Exchange.
A commercial and industrial agreement is signed between Tereos and Spanish cooperative, Acor. A refinery is set up at the Acor factory in Olmedo, which processes, among other things, the sugar produced by Tereos in Réunion and Mozambique.
Incorporation of Tereos Internacional: expansion of the operations listed on the São Paulo Stock Exchange, which from then on, in addition to sugar cane in Brazil, integrate the Indian Ocean sugar cane operations and the cereal processing operations.
The potato starch cooperatives of Haussimont in the Marne and of Vic-sur-Aisne (Aisne) join Tereos, which becomes a major cooperative player for French potato starch production within a sector without quotas.
Tereos reaches a new stage in its expansion in Brazil when it enters the high-growth starch market by acquiring a manioc starch mill in Palmital and by building a maize starch mill which will open in 2013.
Tereos acquires the Ludus sugar factory in Romania, an area which is significantly lacking in sugar. From this base for expansion in Eastern Europe, Tereos will be able to support its industrial clients in a market where sugar consumption is expected to increase significantly over the coming years.
In partnership with the Wilmar Group, Tereos establishes itself in China with two starch mills. A wheat starch mill in Dongguan (Guangdong) and a maize starch mill in Tieling (Liaoning). China has been the world's biggest starch market since 2010.
At Artenay in France (Loiret), the world’s first methanization unit to use only sugar beet distillation residues was unveiled on the site of the sugar factory-distillery. This plant enables the distillery to be self-sufficient in meeting half of its energy needs.
Tereos establishes itself in Indonesia (Jakarta), the leading economy in Southeast Asia and the third largest market for sweeteners in Asia, with the acquisition of 50% of the only maize starch mill in the country.
Within the context of the end of quotas and the revival of freedom to export, Tereos announces the creation of Tereos Commodities, and confirms its goal to become one of the global leaders in the international distribution of white sugar.
The acquisition of the English sugar distributor Napier Brown Sugar Limited is a key step in Tereos’ strategy of further commercial development of the Group. The Transaction will allow Tereos to offer its UK and international clients a broader range of products and a premium logistics service in the UK.