• Eggs
  • Chick
  • poulet des landes
  • Duck
  • Vet&Pet

About us

Inicia is the largest egg production and distribution company in the country, with an annual commercialisation of 75,000,000 eggs.

Founded by Jean-Baptiste Wiehe and Bernard Montocchio in 1978, the company has introduced the first-ever branded Mauritian egg and also grown vertically into related sectors such as chicken, chicks, duck, animal feed production, as well as farming equipment, veterinary, and pet products. Inicia is recognised as a major player in the agro sector in Mauritius.

INICIA AT A GLANCE

Inicia at a glance

2018

Inicia takes over the distribution of Label 60 across the island.....

2018

Inicia obtains the Guinness World RecordsTM Largest Scrambled eggs with a weight of 2.466T at Bagatelle. More than 8,000 portions of scrambled eggs have been distributed to needy families in the Caritas network.

2017

The egg production chain at Inicia is ISO 22000 certified


Inicia is now the sole shareholder of Volailles & Traditions Ltée,

2015

Inicia, with other partners, launches Volailles Et Traditions Ltée, which commercialises the Label 60 brand.

2012

Inicia commercialises the Terracine Foie Gras brand, with Gourmet Foods Ltd.

2012

Inicia launches free range eggs.

2011

Ceres becomes Inicia.

2009

Ceres launches egg printing for all its edible eggs. Launches a microbiological internal and serological laboratory for quality control.

2004

Ceres launches whole pasteurised liquid eggs.

2002

Creation of a new department within Ceres to promote pharmaceutical and veterinary products. Ceres obtains HACCP certification for its two egg packing plants.

2001

Ceres launches the franchise of the French brand of eggs “Matines”.

1997

Ceres becomes a member of the “International Egg Commission”.

1993

Ceres Ltd, with other partners invests in the creation of a new feed mill, namely, Meaders Feeds Ltd

1991

Ceres Ltd is incorporated and this is the beginning of the diversification and integration of our operations. We obtain the franchise for world-renowned brands: – Hy-Line (USA) for layer chicks – Cobb (USA) for broiler chicks

1987

The company launches the first- ever branded egg in Mauritius: Oeudor.

1978

Incorporation of the Societé Wiehe Montocchio, a joint venture between Jean-Baptiste Wiehe & Bernard Montocchio, for the industrial production and the marketing of eggs – a pioneer project in Mauritius.

Timeline

A Solid management team

JEAN BAPTISTE WIEHE

Director & Founder

BERNARD MONTOCCHIO

Director & Founder

EMMANUEL WIEHE

CEO

HEDLEY BALANCY

Finance and Administrative Manager

BRUNO FLORENS

Marketing Manager

JEAN DANIEL BORIBON

Sales & Service Manager

JOHANN MONTOCCHIO

Business Development Officer

SANJEELA MOOTOOSAMY

HR manager


PATRICK MARTIAL

Farm Manager

KRISHNA CHENGAN

Farm Manager


Quality Assurance and Control


As part of its food safety policy, Inicia Ltée is committed to consistently provide quality and food safe products in order to meet customers' requirements while abiding to prevailing regulatory and statutory requirements and striving for continuous improvement.

The company has established various policies and internal controls to maintain safety and hygiene level at workplace. Staffs at all level are trained to abide to a series of internal good practices in food safety, health & safety and biosecurity.

Besides the poultry farming activities, Inicia Ltée operates two egg packing stations and one processing plant for liquid pasteurised egg production. Their respective system is certified under ISO 22000 since 2017.

Inicia Ltée carries out constant monitoring via its in-house laboratory and quality system from farm to end products, ensuring that quality and food safety standards are maintained continuously.

The quality monitoring measures encompass the following activities
Good farming practices to ensure strict biosecurity measures on farms:

  • Vaccination against Salmonella of all layers
  • No use of antibiotics
  • Hatchery and farm inspections
  • Serological analysis of flocks from day-old chicks till adult birds to monitor health status of birds

Good hygienic practices to ensure food safety at different level

  • Food safety audits by quality experts namely SGS
  • Use of food approved chemicals for food contact surfaces in packing houses
  • Use of food grade, recycled and disposable primary packaging (R-PETS and pulp trays)
  • Egg printing for traceability – House number and best before date printed on eggs shell and packaging
  • Performance evaluation of all relevant staff via regular briefing, training & evaluation
  • Supplier monitoring and evaluation system
  • Customer feedback and complaint handling system
  • Microbiological analysis on raw materials, end products, environment by internal and external laboratories

System continuous improvement by working, in parallel, with veterinary and quality experts

Corporate social Responsibility

Alleviation of poverty through a close partnership with NGOs and empowerment of vulnerable groups through sharing of knowledge are important values and focus areas for Inicia. Inicia has proudly supported these organisations in the last financial year:


  • Aid Action
  • Association d'Alphabetisation de Fatima
  • Caritas Ile Maurice
  • Eco Sud - Lagon Bleu
  • Jean Eon RCA
  • La Maison Verte
  • Mission verte
  • PAWS
  • SOS Child Village
  • Mauritian Wild Life - Pink Pigeon Conservation