The story

Creating the House

At the end of the 19th century, in the heart of the Marennes-Oléron basin, driven by his passion for oyster farming, Henri Gillardeau laid the foundations for Maison Gillardeau.

Les camionettes gillardeau

Renowned for their quality, Gillardeau oysters are a runaway success. At the time, Maison Gillardeau was already supplying Les Halles de Paris.

Birth of Gillardeau

Gérard Gillardeau, then head of the company, gives birth to the emblematic Gillardeau oyster. The quality of its appearance and the generosity of its flesh have quickly made it a byword for excellence among oyster lovers.

October 1998
Thierry and Véronique
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Thierry and Véronique Gillardeau join Gérard in the adventure.

The house celebrates its 100th anniversary

Generation after generation, Maison Gillardeau has carefully cultivated its expertise.
A family commitment that has endured for 100 years to bring you the finest oysters in the world.

Opening of new parks

Faced with growing demand, and in order to reinforce its production capacity, Maison Gillardeau opened a dozen additional parks.

June 2009
Boutique opening

To satisfy local customers, the Gillardeau Boutique was created.
Located at the foot of the Viaduc d'Oléron, this sales area offers gourmets a selection of Gillardeau oysters, as well as a selection of gourmet seafood products from producers renowned for their expertise and quality.

November 2009
Gillardeau distributor

To meet the expectations of its local customers, La Maison Gillardeau has installed a 24-hour vending machine at the Boutique Gillardeau.

October 2014
Laser engraving

To combat counterfeiting, Maison Gillardeau equips its packaging line with a laser, and engraves each of its oysters with the Maison logo, symbolizing their authenticity.

April 2016
Legion of Honor

Gérard Gillardeau, surrounded by family, friends and political figures, receives the medal of Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor from Jean-Pierre Raffarin, in the exceptional setting of Fort Louvois.

March 2017
launch of La Marcelle

On the occasion of Women's Day, Véronique Gillardeau pays tribute to Marcelle Gillardeau, daughter-in-law of the company's founder, by unveiling her new tasting concept. Designed exclusively for Maison Gillardeau by the Peugeot Design Lab. team, "La Marcelle" is a modern, functional food truck, with an oyster bar that can be easily deployed from the rear of the vehicle.

August 2017
inauguration of the salon gillardeau
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Proud to support the Stade Rochelais, La Maison Gillardeau strengthens its partnership with the inauguration of a private Gillardeau lounge at the Marcel Deflandre stadium.

April 2019

Véronique Gillardeau pays tribute to Gérard Gillardeau, the grandson of the company's founder, by unveiling an original concept: the scooter. Maison Gillardeau has chosen to collaborate once again with Peugeot Design Lab, for the creation of "Petit Gégé".

May 2019

Maison Gillardeau opens its new outlet on the Île de Ré, "La cabanajam".
Located in Saint-Martin-de-Ré, "La cabanajam" offers gourmets a seaside tasting of Gillardeau oysters, with capacity for 120 people.

September 2019

Véronique Gillardeau takes over the management of Maison Blanc, a family business for 40 years, a well-known establishment in the Paris region located at Rungis Market and a long-standing customer of Maison Gillardeau.