Our history

140 years: an impressive track record! Our story began in 1880, in the Parisian district of Les Halles, when Maison Chomette was founded. Originally a paint shop, it soon expanded into a drugstore, also offering its customers printing and personalisation services. It was the start of an exciting journey during which it would serve the capital’s restaurants and cafés and then the entire country, before setting out to conquer the world through acquisitions and consolidation of the sector. 

The ECF Group’s unique identity has been forged, developed and shaped by 140 years of expertise, innovation, crises overcome and opportunities embraced.

1880
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Creation of Chomette

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1927
2
Chomette becomes Chomette Favor

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1972
3
Creation of the Ecotel network

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2000
4
Ecotel and Chomette Favor become the ECF Group

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2004
5
Launch of Restofair RAK (UAE) & Signature of the “Global Compact” charter

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2007
6
Acquisition of La Corpo and Santor (France)

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2013
7
Chomette Favor changes its name to build on the Chomette brand

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2014
8
Acquisition of Reward (Australia) & Creation of the Restofair International network

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2017
9
Integration of the Saxod Group & Acquisition of the Lepage Group (Belgium) and Pyrénées Equipement Hôtelier (France)

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2018
10
Acquisition of Lantin Sud Equipement, Ecotel Anglet, Ecotel Fréjus, La Raphaeloise (France), Tas Hotel (Australia) and Andy Mannhart (Switzerland)

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2019
11
Acquisition of CHS (Italy), Cobal, Novéo and Idéria (France), GoodFellows (England) and Burns & Ferrall (New Zealand)

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2020
12
Acquisition of Smile (Italy)

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2021
12
Acquisitions of Coldis and Pro Inox (France), Valuer (Italie); and launch of the new visual identity for ECF group


We are proud of our history, which demonstrates our capacity for constant change and measured risk-taking. It has earned us a place among the 1% of French companies that are over a century old and among the dynamic mid-sized companies transforming themselves to support professionals in the Hospitality, Heath & Social Care and Food sectors in providing services for their guests, patients and customers.