The end of a life (Emile Noël 1929 – 2011)

Émile Noël, the founder of Huilerie Émile Noël, died on 28th September 2011 at the age of 82.

A historic figure in the organic community, the pioneer of organic oils back in 1972, and a precursor of fair and solidarity-based trade, the child of Pont Saint-Esprit, southern France, transformed the family mill into a company that ventured out to conquer continents.

Throughout his life, Émile Noël acted in the firm belief that all success is founded on human relationships. His dealings with his colleagues and all the Huilerie’s partners, from farmers to retailers, were guided by sincerity, respect, trust and the quest for excellence. Everyone will recall Émile smiling broadly, Émile with a twinkle in his eye, Émile and his natural simplicity, playing host to customers and friends at organic fairs, with a new oil to share. A visionary to the end, Émile Noël prepared the next chapter of the story in good time: back in 1994, he appointed his daughter Annick Garnier to chair the company, and in 2007 he made his grandson David Garnier chief executive.

A great man has passed away, but his memory will remain in all of our hearts.