The Avril group announces the appointment of Xavier Dorchies as Chief Operating Officer of Sofiprotéol, its subsidiary dedicated to financing companies in the agricultural and agri-food sector. Xavier joins the Comex of the Avril group.

This appointment has been effective since 1 January 2020.
He succeeds Michel Boucly, who retired.

Xavier retains his position as Chief Strategy and Development Officer.

A graduate of AgroParisTech (Paris-Grignon) and ESSEC, Xavier Dorchies (49 years old) has spent his entire career working in the vegetable oil and protein industry. After an initial commercial experience in crushing and then as an investor at Sofiprotéol, Xavier has contributed, since the acquisition of Lesieur in 2003, to the main stages of development of the Avril group in France and internationally, in both central and operational functions. He has been the group's Director of Strategy and Development since 2016.


About the Avril group
Founded in 1983 on the initiative of the agricultural world to ensure sustainable outlets for French production, Avril is the industrial and financial player in the vegetable oil and protein sectors.
Present in France and abroad, in sectors as diverse as human food, animal nutrition and expertise, renewable energies and chemistry, the Avril group relies on a portfolio of recognised brands, leaders in their markets: Diester®, Sanders, Lesieur, Puget, Matines, Bunica, Taous...
In line with its original mission to create sustainable value for the oil and protein industries, thereby contributing to better nutrition and the preservation of the planet, Avril operates two complementary businesses: on the one hand, an industrial business organized around the plant and animal industries; and on the other, an investment business, supported by its subsidiary, Sofiprotéol.
In 2018, the Avril group had a turnover of 6 billion euros. Present in 22 countries, the group employs nearly 7,500 people at 85 industrial sites around the world.
For more information: groupeavril.com  | Twitter : @Avril

About Sofiprotéol
Created in 1983 on the initiative of the agricultural world, Sofiprotéol, a financing and development company, subsidiary of the Avril group, is committed to companies in the agro-industrial and food-processing world.
As a long-term partner, Sofiprotéol provides long-term support to companies in the sector and, more broadly, to those in the French agro-industry in order, in particular, to consolidate their equity capital during development operations or investments aimed at increasing their competitiveness. From credit to equity capital, the financing solutions proposed by Sofiprotéol are based on an industrial and entrepreneurial approach, and support development and innovation at all stages of the agribusiness and agri-food sectors: from upstream agricultural production (seeds, genetics, agri-supplies, etc.) to downstream (agribusiness and agri-food sectors) via collecting organizations and primary processing.
For more information: sofiproteol.com


Press contact
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