1962 – 1984

Large-scale development

Thanks to the “Thirty Glorious” period (Post war period of prosperity in France) and consumer society development, the company commences acquisition of other chocolate factories and develops its international presence.

1967 : The 1st chocolate bars

The start of a new era. Cantalou specialises in the chocolate bar and makes important industrial investments with the aim to supply the supermarket chains.

1977 : The European conquest

Cantalou purchases Frankonia in Wurzburg, Germany.

1979 : Phoscao and Olle

The Cantalou Group buys the Phoscao brand ; the leading French manufacturer of cocoa powder, located in Chateauneuf-sur-Loire.
After Germany, the Cantalou Group expands into Spain with the acquisition of the Olle chocolate factory in Vallirana (Barcelona area).

1981 : New acquisitions

Takeover of 3 brands : CEMOI, Aiguebelle and Pupier and the construction of a new factory in Sorbiers (Loire).

1982 : Top quality chocolate

Acquisition of the chocolate factory Abbaye de Tinchebray (Orne) specialised in the manufacture of top quality chocolate. Construction of the new FRANKONIA factory in Germany.

1983 : Take over and merger

Acquisition of the Chocolate factory SUISSE NORMANDE in PARIS that merges with TINCHEBRAY.

1984 : Spain

New acquisitions in Spain : the ELGORRIAGA Company that owns a chocolate factory in IRUN and a biscuit factory in AVILA.