Inicia is the largest egg production and distribution company in the country, with an annual commercialisation of 85,000,000 eggs.
Founded by Jean-Baptiste Wiehe and Bernard Montocchio in 1978, the company has introduced the first-ever branded Mauritian egg and also grown vertically into related sectors such as chicken, chicks, duck, animal feed production, as well as farming equipment, veterinary, and pet products. Inicia is recognised as a major player in the agro sector in Mauritius.
Inicia launches a new chicken brand on the Mauritian market - Marilyn
Inicia launches a new chicken brand on the Mauritian market - Label 60
Inicia obtains the Guinness World RecordsTM Largest Scrambled eggs with a weight of 2.466T at Bagatelle. More than 8,000 portions of scrambled eggs have been distributed to needy families in the Caritas network.
The egg production chain at Inicia is ISO 22000 certified.
Inicia is now the sole shareholder of Volailles & Traditions Ltée.
Inicia, with other partners, launches Volailles & Traditions Ltée, which commercialises the Label 60 brand.
Inicia commercialises the Terracine Foie Gras brand.
Inicia launches free range eggs.
Ceres launches egg printing for all its edible eggs. Launches a microbiological internal and serological laboratory for quality control.
Ceres launches whole pasteurised liquid eggs.
Creation of a new department within Ceres to promote pharmaceutical and veterinary products. Ceres obtains HACCP certification for its two egg packing plants.
Ceres launches the franchise of the French brand of eggs “Matines”.
Ceres becomes a member of the “International Egg Commission”.
Ceres Ltd, with other partners invests in the creation of a new feed mill, namely, Meaders Feeds Ltd
Ceres Ltd is incorporated and this is the beginning of the diversification and integration of our operations. We obtain the franchise for world-renowned brands: – Hy-Line (USA) for layer chicks – Cobb (USA) for broiler chicks
The company launches the first- ever branded egg in Mauritius: Oeudor.
Incorporation of the Societé Wiehe Montocchio, a joint venture between Jean-Baptiste Wiehe & Bernard Montocchio, for the industrial production and the marketing of eggs – a pioneer project in Mauritius.
JEAN BAPTISTE WIEHE
Director & Founder
Director & Founder
Mr Jean Baptiste WIEHE
CHAIRMAN & NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jean Baptiste has over forty years’ experience in the agro-industry and has held various managerial positions, namely Production Manager at Food and Allied Industries Ltd and Diversification Officer at the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture.
Mr Bernard MONTOCCHIO
Bernard holds a Higher National Diploma in Agricultural marketing & Business Administration and has over 40 years’ experience in aviculture.
Mr Emmanuel WIEHE
Emmanuel holds a Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Africa and Higher National Certificate in Poultry Production from the Scottish Agricultural College. He joined the Company in June 1999 as Farm Manager and held the position of Production Manager for several years before his appointment as General Manager in July 2011 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in June 2013.
Mr Hedley BALANCY
Hedley holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing & Management from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK. He joined the Company as Accountant in September 1987 and currently occupies the post of Finance and Administrative Manager.
Mr Johann MONTOCCHIO
Johann holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing & Management) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) International from the University of Curtin in Australia. He joined the Company in November 2012 as Business Development Officer.
Mr Guillaume CHASTEAU DE BALYON
Guillaume holds a Diploma in Marketing management as well as general management program certificate done with Essec Business School. He is currently the General Manager of Fortek Group of Companies.
Mr David MONTOCCHIO
David holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. He is currently the Head of Finance for Les Villas de Bel Ombre Ltée, the promoter of Heritage Villas Valriche.
Chief Executive Officer
Finance and Administrative Manager
Business Developer Officer
As part of its food safety policy, Inicia Ltée is committed to consistently provide quality and food safe products in order to meet customers' requirements while abiding to prevailing regulatory and statutory requirements and striving for continuous improvement.
The company has established various policies and internal controls to maintain safety and hygiene level at workplace. Staffs at all level are trained to abide to a series of internal good practices in food safety, health & safety and biosecurity.
Besides the poultry farming activities, Inicia Ltée operates two egg packing stations and one processing plant for liquid pasteurised egg production. Their respective system is certified under ISO 22000 since 2017.
Inicia Ltée carries out constant monitoring via its in-house laboratory and quality system from farm to end products, ensuring that quality and food safety standards are maintained continuously.
The quality monitoring measures encompass the following activities
Good farming practices to ensure strict biosecurity measures on farms:
Good hygienic practices to ensure food safety at different level
System continuous improvement by working, in parallel, with veterinary and quality experts
Alleviation of poverty through a close partnership with NGOs and empowerment of vulnerable groups through sharing of knowledge are important values and focus areas for Inicia. Inicia has proudly supported these organisations in the last financial year: