About Us

“Did you know that one in every three loaves of bread eaten in the world today contain our yeast?”

Lesaffre UK & Ireland have been a part of the global Lesaffre Group since 2017, supplying a diverse number of functional baking ingredients and mixes, a complete range of sourdoughs and hundreds of specialist yeasts. Backed by the full Lesaffre group expertise we offer a wealth of experience in these fields to bakers all over the UK and Ireland.

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“And…. an estimated one in five food products consumed globally contains one of our ingredients!”

Lesaffre UK & Ireland is located in Worcester with our UK manufacturing facility LFI in close proximity in Hartlebury. Our BRC Grade AA accredited site staffed by a dedicated team of highly trained and qualified professionals manufacture our functional bakery ingredients, alongside offering customer bespoke solutions and blends. Together, with our local UK manufacturing and technical experts backed by the Lesaffre group expertise we are well placed to support our customers more efficiently and effectively with the correct product and processing solutions than ever before.

You may be surprised to learn that you already know or use some Lesaffre products. The DCL Craftbake branded yeast has been produced by Lesaffre for many years and Saf instant Red and Saf Gold osmotolerant yeasts are well established here in the UK, and the little Hirondelle swallow logo has been in flight too.

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Our growth in the functional bakery ingredients market is driven by our brand Safpro and Ibis with products in our portfolio such as shelf life extenders, crumb softeners and a full catalogue of bread improver technology.

Additionally, our new range of innovative Mixes and concentrates is brought to you under our creative brand Inventis providing products such as our Hearty multiseed bread mix.

“We support our customers with bespoke solutions and blends”

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The rise of sourdough is becoming the UK’s fastest growing bread variety of choice, with demand soaring from consumers. Lesaffre manufacture and ferment a full range of LIVENDO sourdough products to the market, including our live rye-based sourdough Crème de Levain and Live Buckwheat liquid sourdough . Lesaffre is unparalleled in its breadth, offering active live, liquid, paste and dry sourdough options along with live starter cultures, additionally Lesaffre are continually innovating new sourdough products for the market which enable bakers to truly be their own artists when developing speciality breads.

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We are pleased and proud to be supporting the Lesaffre Group mission to better nourish and protect the planet as we move forward through this decade into the years to come.

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Yeasts & baking solutions

Our mastery of the fermentation process is illustrated by our lines of yeasts and baking solutions, and also in the form of technologies and services dedicated to professionals along the value chain. Not to mention the technical support provided by our network of Baking Center™.

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Food taste & pleasure

Organic yeasts also have a key role to play in the world of taste and pleasure in food.
Lesaffre innovates by developing natural flavor molecules, yeast extracts that optimize nutritional, sensory and taste qualities, and alcohol fermentation solutions for makers of beers, wines and spirits.


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Health care

Lesaffre has always been intent on serving the well-being of living things and helping to better feed and care for the global population, while protecting the environment.
Human health and nutrition, animal health and nutrition, and plant nutrition are all strategic development areas for our group.

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In the field of biotechnologies, Lesaffre develops efficient cellular nutrients reserved for the creation of new molecules to benefit humans and animals.
In parallel, our group also helps to create yeast strains that are conducive to the development of 1st and 2nd generation bioethanol. In the interest of promoting a sustainable economy, our group is equally active alongside biosourced chemistry industries.


Lesaffre CSR strategy: daily challenges and commitments

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Protecting the planet together

The environment accounts for 15% of our industrial spending and, each time we build a new factory, we dedicate 20% to 30% of our investments to environmental protection. Using recycling and co-product development in production, optimizing water consumption and encouraging energy savings are all actions that contribute to the preservation of our ecosystem. In the interest of respectfully integrating our business with the environment, Lesaffre employs scientific experts in developing by-products and reprocessing effluents.


Working to grow human capital

Since its creation, Lesaffre has understood that its people are the lynchpin of its success and has been committed to fostering respect and fulfillment among its employees, throughout their time at the company. As a result, experience-sharing, dialogue, diversity and the encouragement of initiative are all characteristics of the group. And at our subsidiaries in China, Morocco, Argentina and elsewhere, Lesaffre again distinguishes itself through the many field initiatives that aim to improve the local populations’ standards of living. Lastly, our ethics strategy is an integral part of our culture, today taking the form of a behavioral charter that was the result of collective discussions and our responsible practice beliefs.


Sharing and promoting our good practices

In a fast-changing environment, Lesaffre needs to maintain its high ambitions and improve its sustainability actions on a daily basis. With this in mind, each of our 9,500 employees proactively share their good environmental, social and economic practices, particularly during our internal Corporate Social Responsibility Awards, held every other year. More than 50 long-term initiatives can testify to Lesaffre’s commitment to living our shared motto: “Working together to better nourish and protect the planet.”

Lesaffre Values



Ongoing, collaborative innovation


At Lesaffre, R&D is a key driver of our group’s success. Preparing for the future means adopting a proactive, collaborative, responsible attitude towards innovation, with full awareness of the stakes and real needs out in the field.



Close proximity to our clients


With our products currently sold in 180 countries, now more than ever we want to remain our clients’ local partner, wherever they may be.



Passing on knowledge to ensure a sustainable future


Since 1853, thousands of men and women have been building Lesaffre, each time passing on their expertise and passion for their work.