Industry

Starting January 1, 2017, the labeling of the origin of milk in dairy products and of meat in ready prepared meat products in France is required on the products. This measure is a trial experiment that will be in place for two years, and will later be reviewed by the Commission of the EU to […]

After a strong year of exports in 2014-2015, exports of French Cognac liquor are continuing their already strong season of exports over the 2015-2016 period. Cognac exports increased 4.9% by volume and 10.4% in value, equaling 173 million bottles for a value of 2.6 million euros ($2.9 million). Helping push this large increase in exports […]

French exports of wine and spirits worldwide saw large increases in both volume and value in 2015, and the United States was at the top of the list. Total worldwide French wine and spirit exports increased by nearly 9 percent in value last year, with a whopping 28% increase in exports to the United States, […]

Futurol, a program for the development of advanced ethanol, has announced two pilot projects for the innovative new type of ethanol that’s less disruptive of the food industry. What makes this type of ethanol so special? The source of biomass it uses. Unlike what’s being called 1st generation ethanol, this type of ethanol uses plant […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture has released a report, Agriculture Innovation 2025, which proposes 30 different innovative projects for competitive agriculture that respects the environment. The projects are organized along three broad priorities – making agriculture help in the fight against climate change, using new technologies to advance agriculture, and uniting the fields of research, […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture has released its guide on the appropriate, limited use of chemical pesticides on fruit products in orchards. The Ecophyto Fruit Guide is part of the French government’s overall Ecophyto plan to reduce and improve the use of pesticides and other chemicals on agricultural products in a move toward a more […]

Overall, 150 perfume, aromatic and medicinal plants are cultivated in France. A great number of these plants are inherited from the Charlemagne period in the eighth century (768-814) when he ordered that a selection of aromatic and medicinal plants be cultivated in the King’s gardens. The tradition has remained, especially in some regions of France. […]

American gastronomes and connoisseurs of charcuterie no longer have to travel to France to delight in the world-famous Jambon de Bayonne (PGI), known in English as the Bayonne Ham. The maiden shipment of Delpeyrat’s artisan French hams arrived to the United States on the first of July. “It’s the first time we are selling the […]

France’s international trade balance for agricultural and agrifood products reached 1,039 million euros in March 2015, demonstrating the French agriculture’s strength in producing high quality products that are appreciated on the world market both within and outside the Europe. International demand for French agricultural goods, from grains to processed foods, has increased from March of […]

The French Minister for Agrifood Industries, Guillaume Garot, received a delegation of US journalists on September 8 on the topic of Cognac spirits production in France and exports from France and consumption of the beloved beverage in the US. The French Minister presented the origin of Cognac Protected Designation of Origin and discussed the US […]