1853: The beginning of a great story!

Everything started in France, at Douarnenez in Brittany. This small port has always been known for sardine fishing. While the men went out to sea, the women prepared the fish.

It is here that Robert Chancerelle (founder of the "sardine press" cannery), quickly realised the benefits to sterilisation (invented in 1795 by Nicolas Appert) and decided to open the first cannery which was known as a "friture" in France at the time. The Chancerelle cannery, the Connétable brand's parent company, came into existence.

Even today, this region is considered as the historic birthplace of French fish canneries.

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