Our story begins with Léopold Louis-Dreyfus, a determined
16-year old who laid the foundations for our global business. Léopold named his company after his father and understood early on that the business would fill a great human and economic need. His entrepreneurial spirit remains a source of inspiration for the
company to this day.
By the time of his death in 1915, Léopold has received multiple honors, including Commander of the Légion d’Honneur (1912) in France, Commander of the Royal Russian Order (1905) and Grand Officer of the Romanian Crown (1914). The second generation of the business, with Charles and Louis at the helm, expands our activities further afield, to the Americas, and beyond.
We grow stronger in the decades following the end of
World War II. Building on Léopold’s legacy, the Group seizes opportunities to diversify the business, guided by a new generation of Louis-Dreyfus leaders. They expand operations to a new scale, laying the foundations for our long-term future.
Building on the growth and success achieved under Gérard, Léopold’s great-grandson, Robert Louis-Dreyfus begins to write a new page in the company’s history. His advice to employees remains relevant in today’s complex times:
“Look, learn, and then grow.”
The company begins forging a new way forward with renewed focus on sustainability and building strong relationships based on trust, inspired by our past as we march towards the future.
Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods, leveraging its global reach and extensive asset network to deliver for its customers around the world - safely, responsibly and reliably. Today we help to feed and clothe some 500 million people, originating, processing and transporting approximately 81 million tons of commodities annually.