1982 – 2010
Building the Business
In 1982, Marc Lonhienne, eldest son of Alphonse and Maria, joined the business from university where he had completed a Diploma in Business Administration. For the following 28 years, Marc was to play a pivotal role in constructing the business proposition that established A. Lonhienne as the largest Lamb processor in Belgium, forging direct relationships with suppliers from Ireland and the U.K. to include Irish Country Meats. Marc’s brother Alain also played an active role, supporting the business development in the early years, as did many key loyal staff who continue to work in A. Lonhienne today.
A. Lonhienne commenced retail packing for the retail sector in Belgium in 1985 progressively responding to changing market dynamics influenced by consumer expectations and the exacting requirements of an expanding and demanding customer base. As a specialist lamb processor, A. Lonhienne has introduced a host of innovative products and concepts to the Belgian market including global sourcing of quality product.
The A. Lonhienne site was further enlarged in 2008 to accommodate not only a developing business but also a growing workforce. Since its foundation in 1965, the A. Lonhienne team has grown to a workforce of over 40 staff numbering amongst them some of the finest craft butchers in Europe.