David Garnier, grandson of Émile Noël

David is the fourth generation of the Noël family to join the Huilerie, and his arrival marks a new vision of the company’s development. “Our history is etched in my heart. And in my head too – I’ve got lots of projects! Our fundamentals will never change: virgin vegetable oils, organic farming, a balanced diet, respect for our partners, sincerity in our initiatives and programmes, excellence in our approach to our trade, and supply chains based on solidarity, fairness and security of supply. But faced with the rapid, continuous changes in our market, maintaining our strong growth and our number-one position will require us to expand our outlook.”

It’s scarcely surprising, then, that David is the one who has set the Huilerie firmly on the path to conquer continents. Having opted to “earn his spurs” by experiencing each of the company’s departments, the young man strengthened the export sales department and ran it for a period. Under his impetus, the Huilerie reached the symbolic sales milestone of 20% in exports, in 40 countries. And most importantly, David opened up new markets, especially the tremendous potential of North America. These results contributed to his appointment as chief executive. “I’m not a speed merchant, but when the world around us is getting faster, you’ve got to be able to accelerate while staying true to yourself,” smiles David, who has grown the Huilerie at the pace of a methodically executed project: reinforcement of the company and its management methods, investment in a new production facility and in R&D, rollout of new technologies to serve the sales teams… David stays a step ahead, like his grandfather and his mother, perpetual pioneers of organic virgin vegetable oils. His optimism has yielded his drive, his boldness, his trust in people and his spirit of enterprise – like Émile, who never doubted his own passion, even after the big freeze of 1956, which was so deadly for the olive trees… And like Annick, who could make herself understood by the first foreign clients with a few words of English. “Oil is our language,” she still says today, and it is now spoken fluently by David, who dreams of a small local firm with global reach, and of his grandfather’s name in all the world’s kitchens…