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Le Creuset - where is it made?

  • BJ68 Mar 27, 2007 11:43 AM

I thought La Creuset was a French company, but the 1.5 quart casserole I just bought says it was made in Thailand? Is all La Creuset the same? Or did I wind up with a cheap knockoff??!?

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  1. I work for Williams-Sonoma and we sell a ton of Le Creuset. Yes, they are a French company, and I believe all their pieces are made in France. Each piece is hand-molded, then the mold is destroyed. The process is then repeated for each new piece. Unfortunately, it sounds like you have a cheap knockoff. Return your piece (if you can) and purchase a real Le Creuset at a reputable distributor. Even though it's expensive, it will last for decades. I love my Le Creuset!

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    1. re: msd952

      I was at TJ Maxx this weekend and spotted a couple Made In Thailand items from LC. One was an enamaled steel creamer and I think I saw it also on a salt/pepper set and some stoneware pieces.

      I think the cast iron pieces are made in france, but other items, especially enameled steel accessories, may be made elsewhere.

      1. re: msd952

        I just received a mail order Le Creuset Dutch Oven from William-Sonoma (my birthday gift) and it has a "Made in Thailand" sticker on it. I'm so mad! Believe me, Customer Service got a flambe' feedback comment.

        1. re: txmasjoy

          It's funny. I just browsed through the Williams Sonoma's website and the Le Creuset French ovens say "Made in France". If your pot says "Made in Thailand" I think this might be false advertising.

          1. re: txmasjoy

            Is it a stoneware piece? If so, the stoneware is not made in France.

        2. I recently bought a Le Crueset butter dish for $20 from Amazon and I was a bit disappointed that it was made in Thailand.

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          1. re: Monica

            all of my LC enameled cast iron products are made in france. I'm pretty sure that the stoneware and enameled steel is made in asian countries.

            1. re: warneral

              Thanks! That may explain it. Williams-Sonoma sent me this mea culpa:

              "Please know that all cast iron cookware by Le Creuset is made in France. The company does not have a factory in Thailand. We have been notified that the sticker placed on the package in our warehouse has incorrect information on it. It should read made in France, not Thailand. We sincerely apologize for any confusion caused. Please be assured that your product is produced in France."

              I guess I feel better, but I will still keep my eyes open to labels.

              1. re: txmasjoy

                Funny, all of my LC pieces have "France" STAMPED into the bottom of the pot, and whether there was ever a sticker, I couldn't tell you because I have had most of these a long time. Just curious, is your pot stamped, or was the sticker the only indication of origin?

                I found myself looking at the WS catalog closely after reading your post, and all text indicates "France" for cast iron. I sure hope so.

                1. re: RGC1982

                  I just bought an LC enameled cast iron skillet grill from Amazon this past week and it says it is made in France on the bottom.

          2. Le Creuset is a foundry. The word "Creuset" means crucible which is what holds the molten iron for pouring. They don't have facilities for making their stoneware, or enamel coated steel iron, so it's farmed out to Asia, in this case Thailand. If you poke around the Williams Sonoma site under Le Creuset you will find a video showing how they make it.

            1. Buy Lodge. Just as good - 1/4 of the price and made in USA!

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              1. re: FromMyCabinDoor

                Unless something has just changed, all of the Lodge enameled cast iron is made in China. The Lodge non-enameled cast iron is made in the USA.

                1. re: SanityRemoved

                  Agree.

                2. re: FromMyCabinDoor

                  Lodge's ECI is made in China.

                  1. re: FromMyCabinDoor

                    NOT TRUE. Check their website. Enamel on cast iron cookware with the LODGE name is made in CHINA. According to them they could not find a manufacturer in the USA to do enameling. Boo!

                    1. re: FromMyCabinDoor

                      The enamel on Lodge is easy to damage and flake off. I have seen it on a shelf in a store with damaged enamel. Yes it is less expensive, with cause.

                    2. I've got a couple of the orange ceramic-coated cast iron pots, and they both say "made in France" molded into the bottom of them. I bought them in France 25 years ago, though...

                      1. the cast iron is still made in france.
                        The stoneware and accessories are not.

                        1. It's real...doesn't it seem a little dumb to emblazen "Made in Thailand" if they were trying to pas it off? Besides, I'd take a Thai product over Chinese anyday

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                          1. re: BiscuitBoy

                            6 frikin years, geeze!

                            1. re: BiscuitBoy

                              Blame Chowhound for not auto locking threads after a certain date. You can't expect people to look at the date of every single post.

                              1. re: rasputina

                                They got me again! My own fault

                                1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                  Don't feel bad it happens to me all the time and I find it really annoying when it does.

                              2. re: BiscuitBoy

                                Hey, BB:

                                Yeah, my brah BiscuitBoy was eaten by a Frankenthread!

                                Still, the very first response in the ancient thread is a perfect, crystalline example of the #1 reason (among many) never to believe what you're told at a W-S store. It deserves to be enshrined forever in the CH pantheon.

                                Aloha,
                                Kaleo

                                1. re: kaleokahu

                                  Right because one person who didn't realize it was the stoneware line is indicative of the whole company.

                                  1. re: rasputina

                                    Hi, rasputina:

                                    No, not indicative, but rather typical. IME+IMO, of course.

                                    The poster jumped to the conclusion that the OP's casserole was a fraudulent copy, and bade her come in and buy a real one. The weird spin on how the LC ironware is cast was also misleading.

                                    Aloha,
                                    Kaleo

                            2. MSD is correct. Another brand Staub (pronounced stOb long O) is also made in France. I like both brands and I too have sold them for many years. I really love the Staub colors. They are rich and deep and they cook as evenly as Le Cruset, yes is Le and not La.

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                              1. re: Candy

                                Seriously, thank you for this post. I too really like the Staub colors, I was very happy to have started wtih the Staub ovens. I never really was sure how it was pronounced. Again, thanks,