From father to son
for 16 generations
16 generations have had their time at the helm of our family company, Bellot Minoteries. We were flour merchants from 1550, and then millers in Geoffret since 1789. Each successive generation of millers kept on innovating and investing in our people and our machines, cementing our family’s place among the top 12 mills in France.
The first Bellot, the “Flour Merchant”
Our family tree goes all the way back to the first Bellot, the “Flour Merchant”. After him came 16 generations of Flour Merchants and Millers.
Pierre Bellot bought a burr mill in Geoffret
Pierre Bellot bought a burr mill on the Sèvre Niortaise, in Geoffret, in the Commune of Saint Martin (the patron saint of millers) de Saint Maixent. After him came Jean Bellot, born in 1816, Louis Jean Bellot, born in 1845, Paul Théophile Bellot, born in 1873, Yvan Bellot, born in 1904, and Yves Bellot, born in 1906.
Yvan Bellot went on to have two children, including Gérard, the father of Jérôme, the current director of the mill, and François, the sales director for bakeries in the Charente-Maritime and southern Vendée sector.
Yves Bellot’s the father of Jean-Paul (the youngest of four sons), the president of the mill until 2018 and current president of the oversight committee. He is also the grandfather of Louis-Marie Bellot, currently the president of Bellot Minoteries.
The first cylinder-based machine is installed
A new mill is started up
Yvan and Yves start up a new 4-level mill with 6 cylinder-based machines and 2 plansifters, equipment produced by the French company Schneider Jaquet. This new mill allowed them to mill 19 tonnes of wheat per day.
Manufacture of feed for livestock
Gérard and Jean Paul develop a range of feed products for livestock.
Complete restoration of the mill
New machines are installed. Production goes from 19 T per day to 45 T per day.
Installation of a programmable automatic system
With the installation of more powerful cylinder-based machines and a plansifter from
Sangati, production rises to 70 T per day.
The creation of the first innovative blending plant
The creation of the first facility allows the mill to blend different varieties of flour, with a flow of 9 Tonnes per hour.
This new plant paves the way for new varieties of flours to be blended, and Minoterie Bellot is awarded the Grand Prize for Computer-Integrated Manufacturing in 1985.
Minoterie Bellot is nominated for the Belles Provinciales de France prize
Launch of the Mitronette
Trademark application and launch of the “Mitronette” range of flours. Baguettes made from these go on to win a series of gold medals at the annual “Saveurs de Poitou Charentes” competitions.
Restoration of the mill
The birth of Louis-Marie Bellot
Creation of a laboratory and a bread-making workshop
A laboratory and a bread-making workshop is opened, with the recruitment of a Consulting Baker.
Minoterie Bellot is awarded First Prize for Quality, France Poitou Charentes
President Jacques CHIRAC receives Jean Paul Bellot at the Elysée Palace to honour the
company and its employees.
The livestock feed business is wound down
Minoterie Bellot decides to dedicate its entire production to flour destined for human consumption.
Creation of Flour Ranges for Organic Bread
Minoterie Bellot begins producing organic flour and launches the first 1kg bag of organic flour for national distribution.
ISO 9002 certification
Installation of a new weight-based blending plant
The blending plant is modernised to reach an output of 20 T per hour, using weight-based dosing, digital traceability and 10 new bulk silos.
Minoterie Bellot signs up to the Label Rouge flour specifications
Minoterie Bellot becomes the first mill to receive IFS certification in France and is awarded the top grade. (International Featured Standard)
Minoterie Bellot becomes Bellot Minoteries
Complete restoration of the old mill
Creation of a new factory
For the first time in its history, Bellot Minoteries expands its activities outside its traditional
site, creating a new storage, despatch and 1kg flour production site in Crèche.
Louis-Marie Bellot takes over the company from his father, Jean Paul
Louis-Marie Bellot takes over the company from his father, Jean Paul, and becomes the 16th Bellot Miller, President of SAS Bellot Minoteries.
Wheat with no post-harvest treatment
Going beyond organic and Label Rouge, Bellot Minoteries now requires suppliers to ensure that the conventional wheat they deliver to the mill is free from any chemical treatment after harvest.