French Agrifood Industry

France has made important strides in its comprehensive Agriculture Innovation 2025 plan for a competitive agriculture that is respectful of the environment. First launched in October of last year, the plan proposes 30 projects to make agricultural production in France more high-tech and environmentally friendly. A new announcement from the Ministry of Agriculture provides good […]

The National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) and its international partners published a major study cataloguing the DNA of the intestinal gut of pork. Pork is a major species in the global food production system and is also used as an important model animal in biomedical research. After doing the same catalogue with the intestinal […]

Organic food products in France saw historic growth in 2016, according to new information announced by Agence Bio, the French agency for the development and promotion of organic farming. The agency estimates that the organic market saw an increase of approximately 20% in the first semester of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, […]

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 […]

Scientists at the French Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) have sequenced the genome of the sunflower, a major achievement that will help improve varietal sunflower breeding programs. This is the first time that the sunflower’s genome has been completely sequenced, meaning that all of the plant’s genes were decoded, assembled and put in the correct […]

The French organic agriculture industry moved into high speed in 2015, the organic food agency “Agence Bio” announced at the end of May. Based largely on increasing demands from French consumers for organic products, the organic food industry saw significant increases across the board in total sales, land devoted to organic agriculture, and the number […]

The French government recently launched its Agriculture Innovation 2025 plan, aimed at improving the capacity of French agriculture to more strongly engage and mobilize research and to convert the advances in agricultural innovation into benefits for both competitiveness on the global market and improved environmental performance. With more than 10% of all public research and […]

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 […]

2015 was a year of significant progress on multiple fronts for French agriculture. Major agreements were signed, new and important initiatives were launched, significant programs were put in place, and new French agricultural products were approved for commerce with the United States. Here’s a look at some of the highlights of the major events that […]