de Buyer, based in the Vosges, France, is a family company created in 1830. It designs and manufactures cooking and pastry utensils for restaurant trades and top-of-the-range gastronomy.
Thanks to more than 180 years of experience in working metal (steel, stainless steel, copper or aluminium), today, the company offers more than 2,500 products and exports to more than 95 countries around the world. de Buyer is recognized as a leading brand in the creation of new products and submits dozens of patents every year. De Buyer’s expertise and excellence has been rewarded with an EPV (Living Heritage Company) label, a distinction awarded by the French government.
de Buyer’s utensils are greatly appreciated by Professionals and the company works in partnership with many training centres, such as the Institut Paul Bocuse, the Ecole Nationale de la Pâtisserie, the Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse, the Ecole Ferrandi and many more.
For some years de Buyer has brought its experience to serving demanding and passionate gourmet consumers, with the single ambition of offering moments of pure gastronomic pleasure.
Boiler-works and ironworks were created to produce farmyard tools and instruments, such as food bowls or troughs, as well as domestic utensils. There were, for example, trammel hooks to hang cauldrons, three-leg saucepans and stockpots to cook in embers, andirons on which steel baking trays and roasting pans laid to cook in the hearth of the chimney.
In an area of Le Val d’Ajol called “Faymont”, five artisans gathered and created the manufactory of Faymont. At that time, de Buyer family owned forges, wire drawing and rolling mills. The manufactory of Faymont became a customer of ironmasters de Buyer who supplied it with raw materials.
De Buyer family acquired its client from Faymont, that way expanding its patrimony. Alfred de Buyer, who had just completed his engineering degree, took the lead of the manufactory.
There was a huge investments and expansion period, surfing the wave of the industrial revolution. The plant size has been increased tenfold, water power was used to generate energy, the plant entered into the industrial era. Creation of the first published catalogue under the name “Manufacture de Faymont” named after the place where the factory is located.
Alfred de Buyer died. As his sons were too young to run the company, his spouse took the lead of the manufactory of Faymont until her death in 1917. Then the oldest daughter, 19-year-old Marcelle, took over the family company and worked very hard to finance her brothers’ and sisters’ studies.
Alfred’s son, Amaury, who had just completed his engineering degree and his military service, started managing the manufactory instead of his sister.
Arnaud, Amaury’s older son, joint the company and handled the family business after his father’s death in 1974. He ran the company until 1988.
Opening of the de Buyer factory shop at Faymont-Val d'Ajol (Vosges).
Hervé de Buyer started managing the manufactory instead of his brother. Thanks to his faith, his willpower and his strength of conviction, Hervé de Buyer took lead of the company. Then, he created a new brand: “de Buyer”, and considerably improved the marketing function.
Hervé de Buyer decided to stop delivering De Buyer products to supermarkets since this distribution channel were tarnishing the company’s brand image. As a result, De Buyer Company turned away from the consumer market until 2002, and got rid off 50% of its turnover. This was a risky gamble but the company succeeded well in meeting this challenge. Indeed, de Buyer got closer to restaurateurs, pastry-making and culinary schools.
Creation of the CHOC range, professional non-stick frying pans.
Acquisition of the company Matinox, specialised in patisserie equipment and patisserie creation.
Creation of ELASTOMOULE®, patented de Buyer system of silicone-based moulds.
Subsidiary 'de Buyer Inc' opened in the United States.
Creation of “de Buyer Group”, de Buyer Industries and de Buyer.com - Opening of subsidiaries 'de Buyer OOO' in Russia and 'de Buyer Africa' in Tunisia.
Launch of the de Buyer MANDOLINES range.
Presentation of the first “Boutique” catalogue to enter the high-end retail market, targeting the gourmet people, the Connoisseur aiming to cook at home like a Chef, using professional products.
Mr Claude Haumesser joins the Managing team at De Buyer Industries as Managing Director.
Opening of a sales outlet at the l'Atelier des Arts Culinaires (Culinary Arts Workshop), Paris 12th, and various sales outlets in Printemps Maison departments
Creation of the cooking school named “Atelier Hervé de Buyer” where the expertise on the kitchen utensils is emphasized in the cooking techniques.
Received the EPV award (Living Heritage Company).
Creation of the G5 association, uniting 5 high quality manufactures in the Vosges.
Affiliation to “Terre de Luxe”, an association of the Lorraine region's Arts & Drafts companies, supported by the Lorraine Regional Council
Update for the Mineral B ELEMENT®, steel frying pan, impregnated with bees' wax to enhance the intrinsic properties of this product dating from 1830.
Creation of the PRIMA MATERA® range, the only induction-compatible copper range in the world.
Creation of the subsidiary 'de Buyer Equipements', furniture units for fitting professional restaurant sites.
Creation of the new division de Buyer: production of knives and shaperners
Creation of a subsidiary in Uruguay to develop the market in South America.
The de Buyer Company invested in extending and updating its production site. The plans involve demolishing old buildings to rebuild a new 3400 m2 production area, complete with a 3-floor 1150 m2 building for changing rooms, offices and a terraced show room.Long months of work and an unprecedented investment with the aim of rationalising production to increase productivity and develop new products.Construction will reach completion in 2014.
‘ORIGINE FRANCE GARANTIE’, label pending: De Buyer Company began the process to obtain the GUARANTEED FRENCH ORIGIN label for its production range. Examining all the ranges is a long process, and will continue to the end of 2014.The first de Buyer products which obtained this label are the Mandolines and the supple pastry moulds Elastomoule. To be continued...