Sales: $2.8 billion.
Key Personnel: Bris Rocher, chairman and chief executive officer; Yann-Eitenne Le Gall, deputy chief executive officer, human resources, communication and organization.
Major Products: Yves Rocher, Stanhome, Dr. Pierre Ricaud, Danel Jouvance, Kiotis, ID Parfums, Flormar, Arbonne.
New Products: Yves Rocher—Cuir Vetiver Perfume for Men, Lavandin Blackberry & Raspberry Peppermint Shower Gels, 100% Mineral Sunscreen, 100% Mineral Fluid Flawless Skin; Arbonne (acquisition).
Comments: Last year, Rocher acquired Arbonne International, which had sales revenue in excess of $550 million. At the time of the acquisition, Groupe Rocher chairman and CEO Bris Rocher said the move would enable his company to strengthen its position in the direct selling channel, which had enjoyed an upturn during the past few years.
“We also have a heritage of providing employment opportunities—dating back to my grandfather, our founder, Yves Rocher, who cared deeply about providing employment since he started his business. This, combined with our direct selling know-how, should foster company growth and longevity,” said the chief executive.
Following the acquisition, YR appointed a new CEO at Arbonne, Jean-David Schwartz, who had been CEO of Yves Rocher North America. Schwartz replaced Kay Zanotti who retired. Along with Schwartz, two other key Groupe Rocher executives joined Arbonne full-time, including Astrid Van Ruymbeke, new Arbonne chief financial officer, and Vincent Taglioni, new Arbonne VP-operations.
Last year, Groupe Rocher collaborated with Eastman on the design of a new “ecodesign compact” concept. The compact features a cellulose-based thermoplastic that offers both high performance and reduced environmental impact. Processing of the compact case has been simplified into a single step rather than the typical three-step process and the design eliminates the metal hinge pins, using plastic pins instead. By eliminating metal and using fewer materials in the design, the company has created a compact case that requires fewer natural resources to produce, uses less energy and eliminates secondary processing steps without compromising functionality and aesthetic brand codes.