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Industry Food
Founder Louis Lesaffre
Headquarters Marcq-en-Barœul
Website www.lesaffre.com

Lesaffre is a French yeast manufacturer, and the world's largest producer.


The company was founded by Louis Lesaffre, the co-founder of Bonduelle, in the mid-19th century.[1][2]

One of its subsidiaries, Bio Springer,[3] was founded by Baron Max de Springer in 1872 in Maisons-Alfort.[4]

In 2004, it formed a North American joint-venture with Archer Daniels Midland, known as Red Star Yeast.

As of 2007, it was the world's largest producer of yeast.[2]

in 2011 buy factory LLC "Voronezh Yeast" (Voronezh)

As of 2014, it had an annual turnover of Euro 1.5 billion, 7,700 employees, and " 80 subsidiaries in some 40 countries."[5]