A French group with a European footprint
STEF is all about chilled distribution. Its history is closely linked to technological progress in this area, changes in food consumption patterns and the increasingly high expectations among consumers for quality and food safety.
- 1938The newly formed SNCF, which owns almost all the French railway network, buys STEF and all its fixed and mobile equipment including its 600 railway trucks. STEF therefore becomes a subsidiary of SNCF.
- 1940During the Second World War, in spite of the difficult supply conditions, STEF continues to develop, notably by building a warehouse in Perpignan.
- 1950Road transport of foodstuffs begins to emerge. But STEF is not threatened by the new competition, as the new lorries do not have any refrigeration facilities. The Group therefore continues to grow.
- 1964While STEF continues to grow steadily, three transport companies (Galopin, Sancier and Eurotransit) combine to create the leading shipment consolidation network: TFE.
- 1981TFE aims to become a true refrigerated freight-forwarding provider, with its 1,200 vehicles and 2,500 employees. The firm adopts a strong visual identity, the precursor of the STEF Group’s current logo.
- 1986SNCF decides to dispose of STEF, its subsidiary for 50 years. Although TFE seems to be the natural contender for a takeover, it is ultimately Financière de l'Atlantique, created in 1983 par Francis Lemor and Bernard Jolivet, which wins. With one clear objective: building a leading group in refrigerated logistics.
- 1989Now begins the Group’s European adventure first in Belgium, Spain and then in Portugal. In the meantime, Financière de l'Atlantique becomes TFE’s major shareholder, with the aim of building the perfect alliance between the specialist in deep-frozen logistics and the leader in refrigerated transport.
- 1992In 1992, Financière de l'Atlantique becomes TFE’s sole shareholder and merges the two businesses as STEF-TFE in 1996. The business is now based on three networks: warehousing (STEF), transport (TFE) and seafood activities.
- 1998In 1992, Financière de l'Atlantique becomes TFE’s sole shareholder and merges the two businesses as STEF-TFE in 1996. The business is now based on three networks: warehousing (STEF), transport (TFE) and seafood activities.
- 2009The Group entered in Switzerland with the acquisition of the SGF company and became the unique shareholder of its Maritime company, La Méridionale.
- 2012STEF-TFE adopts a single European trade mark: STEF. This new stage marks the convergence of all its know-how in temperature-controlled activities in Europe.
- 2014STEF Group strengthened its position in Northern Europe and settled in the Netherlands thanks to the SPEKSNIJDER, VERS-EXPRESS and NETKO companies.