HISTORY OF THE GROUP
Born in Algeria, within a modest family, the founder of the Group, Jacques Mimran, had a remarkable life. After building his first fortune, which was confiscated during the war, he was the head of several flour mills in Morocco, prior to realizing his ambition to set up large industrial mills in the growing urban centers of sub Saharan Africa. That dream became a reality in 1946 in Dakar. However it needed another 10 years of effort before the Grands Moulins de Dakar prospered. 1963 saw the creation of the Grands Moulins d’Abidjan and from that date, the group started to diversify.
In the early 1970s, Jacques Mimran developed his grand project of a sugar cane estate of nearly 10 000 ha, in Richard-Toll, in a desert area of northern Senegal. The Compagnie Sucrière Sénégalaise was created but sadly its creator passed away before the project came to full fruition.
The President of Senegal at the time, Leopold Sedar Senghor said on the death of Jacques Mimran, in 1975, that he was the real founder of Senegalese industry.
The great family story continues today with his son, Jean-Claude Mimran, and grandchildren David and Nachson, who took over and reinforced their commitment to Africa where the Group is a powerful tool for economic and social development.