The company was founded in 1907 by Zéphirin Forestier, and its history has been marked by several key developments that have made it the Group it is today.
The early decadesThe company's first business, transporting live animals, was gradually replaced by the transportation of hung meat.
In the late 1960s, Jean Forestier launched the rental of refrigerated vans without drivers.
1970 - 1995: construction of the national networkThe first Petit Forestier branch opened in Bordeaux in the early 1970s. By the late 1990s, the network in France was very dense.
1995 - 2005: specialisation and expertiseDuring this period Petit Forestier developed complete mastery of the cold chain and bought partner companies to provide complementary know-how: Lecapitaine for bodywork and Relec Froid for refrigeration units.
The purchase of Pro-System Group extended the Group's offer to include coldstores and refrigerated display units.
Europe and North Africa are now the Group's principal focus for growth.We have a presence in Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland and Morocco.
While it now boasts a diverse multi-product offer, the Group's original core business was refrigerated vehicle rental: its subsidiaries address the needs of this line of business directly and ensure that it is autonomous and independent.
Our core business remains refrigerated vehicle rental.
This service is provided by our national and international branches, which now also offer refrigerated containers and display units. We offer our customers Full Service rental contracts that include 24-hour assistance, which is managed by our subsidiary Cold Line.
The components of a refrigerated vehicle
A refrigerated vehicle is made up of a chassis, a box and a refrigeration unit.
Our two subsidiaries Lecapitaine and RelecFroid respectively build the boxes and refrigeration units for almost all our vehicles.
Alongside our cold chain business
We also rent, through our subsidiary Stricher, "dry" vehicles for business activity not requiring refrigeration (removal firms, fashion, laundry, grocery, film production, etc.).
What happens when a vehicle gets old?
When they come to the end of their working lives, our vehicles are refurbished in the workshops of our subsidiary Lecapitaine Technic, which also deals with serious vehicle damage.
Old vehicles are placed on the resale market through our subsidiary FridgeToGo.
Our business is first and foremost a service business. Skills management plays a central role, enabling Human Resources to support our growth and anticipate the dynamics of the cold chain market in order to create new growth markets.
Our human and operational resources are also growing steadily to support the continuing national and international growth of our business.