Roquette Frères

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Roquette is a French based family owned company which produces more than 650 by-products from the starch extracted from corn, wheat, potatoes and peas.[1] Founded and headquartered in Lestrem, France in 1933 by the brothers Dominique and Germain Roquette, Roquette has grow to become the leader in starch production in Europe and the number four ranked producer of starch worldwide.[2] It is also the leader in the production of Polyols worldwide (substances derived from food compounds). Roquette employs more than 6,600 people globally and achieved a turnover of over 2,5 billion euros in 2011.[1][2]

Type Private
Industry Food
Animal Nutrition
Headquarters Lestrem, France
Number of locations 30 Establishments (18 production sites and 12 offices) to be updated for 2012
Area served Worldwide
Key people Dominique Roquette
(Associate Founder)
Germain Roquette
(Associate Founder)
Website Roquette Corporate


At the beginning of the Great Depression in 1933 grain brokers Dominique and Germain Roquette along with the aid of ICAM engineer Adam Grunewald created a potato starch plant named Roquette in Lestrem. From this point on Roquette has grown to 30 establishments. Below is a list[3] of the firm's major development stages since its beginning.

  • 1933 - Dominique and Germain Roquette start the first Roquette potato starch plant in Lestrem, France
  • 1946 - Construction of the corn starch plant in Lestrem, France
  • 1954 - Lestrem facility begins industrial production of sorbitol
  • 1956 - Construction of the potato starch plant in Vecquemont, France
  • 1961 - Construction of the corn starch plant in Cassano Spinola, Italy
  • 1977 - Construction of the corn starch plant in Beinheim, France
  • 1982 - Construction of the sorbitol production unit in Gurnee, Illinois, United States
  • 1986 - Construction of the wheat starch plant at Lestrem, France facility
  • 1991 - Take-over of a corn starch plant in Keokuk, Iowa, United States
  • 1993 - Lestrem facility launches the start of maltitol production
  • 1997 - Take-over of the corn starch plant in Calafat, Romania
  • 1998 - Construction of the wheat starch plant in Beinheim, France
  • 2000 - Take-over of the wheat starch plant in Corby, England
  • 2001 - Take-over of two sorbitol production units in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China and Ulsan, Korea
  • 2008 - Take-over of the B.P.S. (Bioprodukte Steinberg), production of microalgae in Klotze, Germany


Worldwide Roquette has 18 production sites and 12 offices located on three continents, Europe, Asia, and North America.[4] Lestrem is the largest Roquette facility in Europe and is home to the companies main research and development center which employs more than 250 researchers. Along with the Lestrem facility Europe is home to 4 Roquette offices and 10 other production facilities (6 of which are found in France).

Since the 1980s, Roquette has been strengthening its international presence with various factories or offices in the United States, China, Korea, Japan, India, Russia and Mexico. The United States is home to 2 production sites found in Keokuk, Iowa and Gurnee, Illinois. Roquette also has 2 Chinese production plants found in Nanning, Guangxi and Lianyungang, Jiangsu. A third Asian production plant is located in Ulsan, Korea.


Roquette's products fall into five major product categories; native starches and proteins, physically and chemically modified starches, hydrolyzed and isomerised products, hydrogenated products, and fermentation process derivatives and fine chemicals.[5] Roquette is world leader in polyols (sugar alcohols) such as Lycasin.


  1. ^ a b "Roquette Frères, Lestrem, France". Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Roquette Frères". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Roquette Corporate - History". Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Roquette Corporate - Worldwide Presence". Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Roquette Corporate - Product Range". Retrieved 29 April 2011.