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Our brand purpose

Since the creation of STEF in 1920, we have been driven by a singular purpose: to ensure that people have the food they need. This purpose gives us an essential role, which we express through our brand purpose:

Committed teams that guarantee sustainable and safe access to food diversity for all on a daily basis.

It reflects who we are, what makes us different and what drives us. It expresses the vision and ambition of our Group. It affirms the economic and social role embraced by our company. It is the common denominator that underlies the aspirations of all employees, from managers to rank-and-file workers.

Our manifesto

For over 100 years, we have accomplished the vital task of ensuring that millions of Europeans have the food they need, when they need it. We are at the heart of the food chain. We store, package and transport the products on people’s plates every day.

We work hand in hand with producers, distributors and restaurants. We provide millions of consumers with food products tailored to their palate and principles.

We rely on our enthusiasm, respect, rigour and performance to serve our customers. We are proud to be able to support their growth and help them expand into new markets. Together we are inventing the supply chain of the future, one that is ever more reliable, connected and respectful of the environment.

And to ensure that future generations continue to be able to choose what they eat, we strive daily in our business and sector to forge a more responsible, greener path forward.

We are STEF. We are more than 20,000 strong, driven by a desire to offer everyone the freedom to eat what they like with total peace of mind.

The 3 pillars of our brand purpose

We are driven by one mission, TO SERVE PEOPLE

Since 1920, driven by a common culture and values, we have been leveraging our expertise to ensure that people have the food they need. Together, we are working to ensure that Europeans have confidence in the food they eat every day.

The dedication of our team members allows us to build human relationships with all our stakeholders, founded on trust and reciprocity. This is shown in the care we give to our customers and employees, as well as the successes we share with them.

By connecting our customers, we are CREATING VALUE

We play an essential role at the centre of the food supply chain, generating added value for every player in the food sector. By connecting producers, distributors and restaurants in a sustainable way, we provide effective solutions that:

  • ensure the integrity and safety of food products
  • respond to changes in the market and consumption patterns
  • support our customers in their development, facilitating their access to every region in Europe.


Our mission to supply people with food gives us an important social responsibility. This responsibility pushes us to work every day toward a greener, more ethical and people-friendly food sector.

To this end, we aim to be a responsible leader in our sector by becoming a model for improving our carbon footprint.

Our values

Because our mission to serve people is a worthwhile one, we carry it out with pride and optimism.


Listening and dedication are key to our long-standing trust with our customers, employees, partners and all stakeholders.


In our day-to-day work, we show maximum commitment and ensure that we act with discipline and expertise.


We are driven by an appetite for challenge and entrepreneurship. In order to keep pace with the changes in our sector and ensure the development of our Group, we set ambitious targets and empower ourselves to achieve them together.

Nos valeurs