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French catering group Le Duff has acquired specialist pastry chef Lecoq Cuisine through its bakery subsidiary Bridor.

Lecoq Cuisine, headquartered in New York, was established in 1991 by chef Eric Lecoq and provides French viennoiseries and pastries to the restaurant channel. Its offer includes, among other things, croissants, pastries and brioches based on French recipes.

The display deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, builds on the deal Le Duff completed in January for Normandy-based Frial, acquiring the company from the US-based investment firm United Ares Management. Frial, which supplies catering and mass distribution, strengthened Le Duff’s position in frozen ready meals.

Lecoq Cuisine manufactures its pastries in a factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The company generates a turnover of 60 million dollars and employs 250 people. The company primarily serves the US market, but also exports to Canada and the Caribbean.

Philippe Morin, CEO of Bridor, said: “We couldn’t be happier to be able to integrate Lecoq Cuisine into the Bridor and Le Duff family. Eric Lecoq’s unparalleled commitment to excellence, coupled with the individual passion and craftsmanship that characterizes each product, make us natural partners for each other.

The Duff is aiming for revenue of 2.5 billion euros ($2.6 billion) this year. Founded in 1976, the company owns the restaurant chains Brioche Dorée, Del Arte, Fournil de Pierre and La Madeleine, all in the United States, and Kamps in Germany. The company manufactures ready meals through its Cité Gourmande branch.

Mr. Lecoq added, “Our intense focus on excellence and innovation is matched only by Le Duff’s reputation and track record for producing high quality products.

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