Our story

September 2019

Acquisition of Maison Blanc

On september 2019, Mrs. Véronique Gillardeau became the new CEO of Maison Blanc, a highly renowned establishment from the Rungis Market and a longtime client of Maison Gillardeau.

May 2019

La cabanajam grand opening

Maison Gillardeau unveils its 2nd gourmet store: "La cabanajam", much to the delight of oyster enthusiasts.
Nested in Saint-Martin-de-Ré on the Ile de Ré, "La cabanajam" offers an enchanting view on the ocean shore and is designed to host up to 120 guests for daily-fresh Gillardeau oysters tastings.

April 2019

Launch of "Le Petit Gégé"

Maison Gillardeau introduces its new tasting concept: “Le Petit Gégé”.
The innovative "bistro bike", named by Véronique Gillardeau after the grandson of Maison Gillardeau’s founder Gerard Gillardeau, results from a collaboration with the renowned Peugeot Design Lab.

August 2017

The Salon Gillardeau

Proudly supporting the Stade Rochelais team for many years now, La Maison Gillardeau strengthened its partnership by opening a private salon at the Marcel Deflandre stadium.

March 2017

Launch of La Marcelle

For the International Women’s Day, Véronique Gillardeau paid tribute to Marcelle Gillardeau, by presenting Maison Gillardeau's new tasting concept named after the daughter in law of its founder.
Designed exclusively for Maison Gillardeau with Peugeot Design Lab., La Marcelle is a modern and functional food truck equipped with an oyster bar which can be easily deployed at its rear.

April 2016

Gérard is rewarded

Surrounded by his family, friends and political figures, Gérard Gillardeau received, during an exceptional venue at Fort Louvois, the knight medal from the National Order of the Legion of Honor from Mr. Jean-Pierre Raffarin’s hands.

October 2014

Laser branding

In its fight against counterfeit, Maison Gillardeau decided to equip its packing chain with a laser allowing to brand each oyster with its logo to certify their authenticity.

November 2009

Gillardeau dispenser

Maison Gillardeau introduced its oysters hampers dispenser. Based next to Gillardeau la Boutique, this dispenser is opened 24h a day.

June 2009

La Boutique grand opening

Gillardeau la Boutique opened its doors to satisfy local customers’ demand.
Located at the base of the Oleron Viaduc, La Boutique offers since then a selection of gourmet products from local producers renowned for their savoir-faire, as well as a large choice of daily-fresh Gillardeau oysters hampers.


Additional parks

Facing a growing demand for its oysters, Maison Gillardeau opened ten additional nursing parks to reinforce its production capacity.


La Maison celebrates 100 years

Generation after generation, Maison Gillardeau kept on preserving its savoir-faire for the past 100 years, bringing you the most refined oyster in the world through the commitment of a whole family.

October 1998

Thierry and Veronique

Thierry and Véronique join Gérard Gillardeau in this adventure.


Birth of La Gillardeau

During his time at the head of Maison Gillardeau, Gérard Gillardeau gave birth to the iconic Gillardeau oyster.
Oysters lovers quickly associated La Gillardeau to excellence for its recognizable quality and appearance, as well as the generosity of its flesh.


The first Gillardeau trucks

Renowned for their quality, Gillardeau oysters quickly experienced a tremendous success. Maison Gillardeau already delivers at this time its oysters to the Halles de Paris.



At the end of the 19th century, in the heart of Marennes-Oléron pool, driven by his passion for oyster farming, Henri Gillardeau founded Maison Gillardeau.