History

2016

In August 2016 ORIOR acquires the Culinor Food Group. This acquisition marks another step forward with the ORIOR 2020 strategy and strengthens ORIOR’s core competence in the growing premium fresh convenience food market beyond the Swiss border and into the greater European market. The Culinor Food Group is a leading producer of ready-made meals and meal components serving retailers and food service providers throughout the Benelux region. Operating out of Benelux, the innovative group also sells its products in Continental Europe.


2015

ORIOR’S new management launched a fourmonth, comprehensive strategy process headlined “ORIOR 2020” in May 2015. Consisting of five key pillars “House of Innovation”, “Brand strengthening and expansion”, “Agility and cost efficiency”, “The ORIOR responsibility”  and “We are ORIOR”, the new strategy lays the foundation for the continuation of ORIOR's  success story; This is the road map for the coming years. ORIOR and the German veggie pioneer Tofutown sign a licensing and cooperation agreement. Beginning 1 March 2016, “Nature gourmet” products for the Luxembourg, Austrian and German markets will be exclusively produced and marketed by Tofutown. Together with Tofutown, the “Nature gourmet” brand will also be positioned and marketed across the entire European continent.


2014

In May ORIOR sells Lineafresca, its transport services unit, to Murpf Group in order to concentrate on its core business of fresh convenience foods and refined meats. The successful existing partnership with Murpf is maintained and deepened within a strategic alliance. May also sees ORIOR acquiring organic tofu specialist Noppa AG, based in Rüti (ZH). This addition to ORIOR's portfolio further increases its competence in the vegetarian market.


2013

After two years of development work, ORIOR launched the world's first gluten-free, lactose-free fresh pasta.


2012

ORIOR acquires the company Möfag, a well-known producer of Fürstenländer meat specialities (Mostbröckli, ham, etc.) in March 2012. The family business has strong roots in eastern Switzerland and supplies both the food service and the retail channels.


2011

In January Salumeria Keller SA, a producer of Ticino specialities based in Maroggia (TI), is acquired. The small, traditional company produces high quality Ticinese charcuterie specialities under its own "Val Mara" brand. It is a valuable addition to the Rapelli competence centre and has considerable growth potential. In addition, Bernatur, the leading Swiss tofu producer, based in Mels (SG) is acquired in April.


2010

In April 2010, ORIOR makes an Initial Public Offering and thus becomes listed on the main board of the SIX Swiss Exchange. In addition to its main sales channel, retail, ORIOR further expands its food service (restaurants and catering) division, in particular by developing successful concepts for staff restaurants and schools.


2008 – 2009

The ORIOR Group takes over the renowned, tradition-steeped company, Albert Spiess Holding AG, located in the canton of Graubünden. With the acquisition of this first-class product group, ORIOR completes its portfolio in Switzerland. In 2009 ORIOR / Spiess Europe in Haguenau (F) becomes the Group's European export platform, supplying the German and French markets. 


2006

Management buyout. The long-standing principal shareholder, Pargesa Holding SA, sells its entire share capital to the management and to the Swiss private equity firm Capvis Equity Partners AG.


2004 – 2005

ORIOR reduces its activities in China. One year later the launch of the "Hungry Eyes" growth initiative follows. This focuses on projects relating to developments in the spheres of food service, export and acquisitions.


1998 – 2002

The new Rapelli factory is opened in Stabio (TI). The Group is given a clearer management structure. The five pillars are defined as Rapelli, Fredag, Le Patron, Pastinella and Lineafresca. In 2000 ORIOR fully owns all of its companies. Integration of the various production sites into the modernised main facilities during 2001 and 2002.


1997

Foundation and construction of Fresico in China (poultry convenience food). Concentration of logistics for the entire Group in Langenthal (BE) and foundation of Lineafresca Logistic AG.


1996

Purchase of further well-established companies, such as Le Patron (pâtés and convenience foods), Pastinella (pasta) and Catering (supplying food to airlines). With the acquisition of Traiteur Seiler (fresh pasta), a major traditional brand joins the alliance.


1992 – 1993

Rinsoz & Ormond Holding SA is renamed ORIOR Holding SA. The company's mandate is to strategically gear itself exclusively to the food sector. Several firms from the premium convenience food sector are integrated into the Group. Participation in the Rapelli Group (Italian charcuterie) and acquisition of Trinca (pasta).


1852 – 1991

Louis Ormond founds the first tobacco factory in Vevey. In 1930 he joins forces with Louis Rinsoz, who had created the world-famous "Meccarillos" cigars. Over the next decades, the company becomes one of the best-known Swiss manufacturers and distributors of cigarettes. At the same time, it diversifies by becoming involved in the distribution of food products for the hotel and restaurant trade. It acquires Regina Culinaire as well as stakes in the Fredag Group and other companies. The Board of Directors becomes increasingly concerned about the long-term future of the tobacco industry, and in 1992 decides to reorient the company.

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