A family business
It all began in 1953 in our grandparents Maria and Franz Schumacher's garage in Raeren, Belgium, right on the German border near Aachen. After the war, our grandfather wanted to build a new life for himself. He decided to make mustard, as mustard production was uncomplicated, inexpensive and didn't require a lot of space. The mustard business went well and, over time, the company, called "Gloria" and then "Filou", expanded, with the garage and small annex being joined by two further extensions. At some point, our grandparents began to produce other products, notably mayonnaise and ready-made meals. But then our grandfather Franz fell ill. Our aunt, one of our mother Elvira's sisters, took over the business for a while. But it was clear that she didn't want to run it forever. Eventually, our mother Elvira and our father Philippe decided to take over the business.
In 1983, our parents took over the company in its entirety. In the meantime, ready-made meals, produced in large quantities at our Conserverie & Moutarderie Belge, had become a great success on the market. For almost four years, our parents produced for just one major customer. At some point, other products were added: vinaigrettes, spreads and sauces. The business continued to grow. Soon, four children were born. The more we grew up, the more we helped our parents in the business, until three of us gradually joined the company.
Today, we, Rachel, Raphaël and Laurent, are a team of three at the head of the family business. In 2022, we began manufacturing certified organic products for various customers, mainly spreads.
As the 3rd generation, we've made it our mission to make our family business, with experience now spanning almost 70 years, more sustainable. We have built our business strategy on a model of sustainability. This idea is reflected in several areas:
ecological, economic and social.