EY Family Business award winners 2019-20 - France
Quality and sustainability are at the root of France’s oldest brewery.
We are delighted to celebrate the recipients of the EY Family Business Award of Excellence 2019-20, an honor that recognizes excellence in family businesses. Congratulations to this year’s winners for France:
Michel Haag – CEO, Brasserie Meteor
Edouard Haag - Commercial Manager, Brasserie Meteor
Yolande Haag - Communications Director, Brasserie Meteor
Surrounded by hop fields in the Grand Est region of France lies Meteor, a pioneering family brewery founded in 1640 that has been run by the Haag family for eight generations.
In a time when most breweries in France have shut, the family has fought hard to maintain its independence and the jobs of its 200 employees. The family has met the challenge through its ongoing commitment to quality beer, such as the infamous "Meteor Pils" and through this, has brought its brand to international clients. Meteor now has a presence in China, Italy, England and the United States. It has also created a positive work environment, where employee turnover is low, and morale is high.
Meteor is a leader in sustainability, becoming the first brewery to obtain its ISO 50001 certification, an energy management system aimed at radically reducing energy consumption. Meteor has built its own wastewater treatment plant, and 80% of its Meteor brands use returnable containers.