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Who can benefit from the NFI services?

4 specific cases:
  • Foreign companies in all sectors looking to expand in Hauts-de-France
  • French companies with no site in Hauts-de-France
  • Hauts-de-France companies with a succession plan
  • Foreign-owned companies in Hauts-de-France with a development project
Our services are not intended for :
  • French or international self-employed entrepreneurs
  • French companies wishing to export
  • International companies seeking distribution networks only

Why as the help of Nord France Invest?

Nord France Invest provides you with completely tailored, free of charge and confidential support. We centralize all the information you need to analyze your project. We facilitate your process to find a site, partners or land. We organize site visits. We accelerate your networking with future regional partners. Find out more about the agency's services on this page.

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The agency supports job-creating investment projects. The nature of projects varies according to 3 main categories:
  • Start-up projects
  • Expansion of existing sites in the region
  • takeovers of regional businesses by international companies.
Nord France Invest's services are not aimed at capital investments.
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Commercial baking

in Hauts-de-France

What could be more French than a baguette—and other classic baked goods? Over the years, our region has seen home-grown bakery specialists such as Paul and Lesaffre prosper and grow into industry giants. We’ve also welcomed major international players—Nutrixo, Barilla, Vandemoortele, Brioche Pasquier and more—drawn by the many competitive advantages we offer.
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Portrait of the commercial baking sector
in Hauts-de-France

The commercial baking is part of France’s cuisine and cultural heritage. In Hauts-de-France, this sector is particularly dynamic and innovative, with more than 70 companies settled here which represents 5,500 employees.

The Hauts-de-France region has a renowned expertise in the production of bread, pastries, cakes, chocolates and confectionery. It also benefits from a strong regional identity, with local specialities such as the beaten cake from Picardy, the famous filled waffles from Lille and the sugar tart. These include the Vandemoortele, Delifrance, Cerelia, Menissez, Holder, Barilla – Harry’s, Pasquier groups, and more recently the Italian Morato group and Fourneo, which has developed an innovative process for making pinsa and focaccia.

Key figures of commercial baking

in northern France

  • 76 companies
  • + 5700 jobs

They chose the Hauts-de-France

Grain d'or
Groupe holder
Délice des 7 Vallées

Source your raw materials in the region …

And earn the Made in France label.

#1 in sugar production in France#2 in milk production in France#3 for butter production in France#4 in margarine production in France
Cristal UnionCandiaGroupe LactalisPrimevère
Saint LouisIngradiaLoyez Woessen

A major French hub for developing and producing specialized ingredients for commercial baking:

  • leavening agents
  • texturizing agents
  • flavorings
  • and more
Moulins Waast
Groupe Soufflet


Lesaffre is the world’s leading producer of yeast for professional bakers. In 1974 the company opened its first Baking Center™ in Hauts-de-France, growing it into a global network that now counts 48 facilities. The aim is to track trends and encourage an exchange of ideas with users, while giving commercial bakeries a forum for discussion and innovation.

To promote shared growth, the Baking Center™ network offers customers:

  • 5 climate-controlled bakeries that reproduce the environment and production processes on five continents
  • 2 labs for ingredients and fermentation
  • 1 lab for sensory testing
  • an industry watch team tracking all markets
  • technical assistance to fine-tune production conditions, advise on choice of ingredients, troubleshoot, and more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to set-up your company
in France’s #1 region for food exports

Learn more about tapping into our qualified labor pool, leveraging our R&D capabilities and getting started in Hauts-de-France.