President at Darégal Group
Charles Darbonne represents the 5th generation of the Darégal family business. The Group employs over 400 people around the globe, in Europe with Darégal and in North America with SupHerb Farms. The passion for aromatic plants has passed on from generation to generation, combined with a sense of human spirit and innovation. Always ready to respond to new needs and trends, the Group shows an exceptional ability to combine agricultural know-how, industrial developments and customer care.
After his double bachelor’s degree in European Business from the University of Portsmouth and the École Supérieure de Commerce of Bordeaux, Charles Darbonne (1978) did various internships in marketing both in California and in Argentina. Following stints in Human Resourses at a French supermarket, Promodes, and financial auditing at a Top 5 auditing firm, he joined the family business as marketing manager. After 3 years building the marketing department, he started Darégal Gourmet in the US, where he introduced the concept of fresh frozen herbs to the US and Canadian retail market. Back in France in 2010 as the General Manager of the Group, Charles was appointed President in 2013.
Company brief: DAREGAL GROUP
- Founded in 1887
- Leading global company offering aromatic herbs and culinary innovative solutions to worldwide industry, retail and foodservice customers.
- Fully integrated, the Group cultivates and markets a wide range of herbs while maintaining visual aspects, olfactory notes and strength of taste.
- Net sales 2016: €130m
- International sales: €100m
- R&D: €1.7m
- Employees: 411