Hervé LOPAT, following waves of immigrants from China, arrived in Sambava in the late 1920’s. He started to work in the vanilla fields, became a collector, a conditioner/stocker and an exporter when he created the company in 1935. He was among the original pioneers in the vanilla business.

Hervé LOPAT was succeeded by his son Eugene LOPAT, who subsequently took over the company. Today, the company is managed by the 3rd generation LOPAT, Thierry LOPAT..