The history of Gourmand dates back to the 1980s, when Christian Moulin, having trained as caterer, opened a catering business in the town centre of Mouscron. He soon discovered the numerous advantages and possibilities associated with semi-finished puff pastry products, improving speed, quality and creativity.
Inspired by his expertise and the business opportunities offered by the large-scale production of semi-finished products, he established Gourmand in 1984 and specialised in producing laminated dough products.
In 1991, the company was taken over by the Dossche Group, a privately owned business established in 1875 and active in the agro-food industry. Its targeted and integrated quality control system has enabled the family business to expand into an internationally renowned food group. (www.dosschegroup.com). There was rapid investment in product development, in expanding the capacity and in automating the machinery. Well-considered investments which turned Gourmand into a success story.
Founding of the Company and launch of frozen laminated dough production.
Acquisition by the Dossche Group. Investments in product development and expansion of production capacity. Implementation of the first automated production line.
1992 / 2005 -
Gourmand grows from a semi-industrial local player into an industrial manufacturer with 3 highly automated production and packaging lines, active mainly in the Benelux and Germany.
Opening of new factory. New Company mission: make the move from national player to international specialist.
2006 / 2007 -
Start of international expansion with initiation of commercial activities in 7 new countries.
Expansion of production capacity with a third “high volume/output” production line. By now, Gourmand products are being sold in over 15 countries.
Founding of Belpastry Inc. in the US and a sales office in Italy. Further increases made to production capacity.
Founding of sales offices in the UK, Spain and Poland.