French Agrifood Industry

Last November several French ministers, including Mr. Le Foll, French Ministry of Agriculture, presented a range of initiatives to better connect farmers to consumers, and particularly to collective catering. These initiatives were developed in order to achieve the goal of 40% of local products in the food served in collective catering facilities (schools, companies’ restaurants…) […]

Have you ever wondered about the history and effort behind your favorite bottle of wine? Has the complicated bustle of city life ever born in you the desire to your natural roots? These are just some of the now common European and American trends that have led to an increase in rural tourism. Defined quite […]

What are your thoughts about doggy bagging leftovers at restaurants? The French Ministry of Agriculture set out to find the answer to this question among its citizens as part of its National Pact against Food Waste that was launched in June 2013. The results of a recent poll suggest that there is a real demand […]

With gross sales reaching €10.8 billion, 2014 was the third best year in the history French wine and spirit exportations despite a 2.8% reduction in both volume exported and overall revenue, according to the French Federation of Wine and Spirits Exporters. The trade balance came in at €9.5 billion, solidifying wine and spirits as the […]

The French agriculture is marked by its history. The history of French agriculture could start with the Gaulois in 2000 B.C. They were the first farmers working on French land. The Roman invasion around 50 A.C. brought organization and technical progress like everywhere else in Europe. The Middle Age was marked by the feudal system. […]

On April 1st, 2015, the European Union officially did away with the milk quota regime that has applied to dairy farmers in all EU member states for the past 31 years. The dairy industry and indeed the European agricultural economy are now discerning the best measures to take to ensure a viable dairy sector in […]

2.5 million acres, 26,500 producers and 12,577 processors, distributers and importers: these are the most recent figures on the organic market in France, according to Agence BIO. Agence BIO, the French public body responsible for developing and promoting organic farming, recently published its 10th annual report on the organic industry in France in 2014, and […]

Transhumance produces natural flavours and guarantees biodiversity, providing high quality products (meat, wool, milk, cheese) paced by the natural cycles of grass and animals. These cattle receive natural and balanced food, mainly based on maternal milk. Because transhumant cattle maintain an excellent balance of grease and fiber, they produced meat with an excellent aroma and […]

The Food Chain Contract is a mutual commitment between firms and public authorities, including farmers, craftsmen, distribution centers, and industrial unions. The Food Chain Contract is based on proposals created during the Regional Conferences launched by the French government last September. For five months, professionals in the field collaborated and shared their ideas at nearly […]

Since the 50’s, French agriculture has had to face new challenges. Before World War II, farms were small and agriculture represented 35% of the French active population and the priority was self-sufficiency. Today, thanks to the common agricultural policy and the creation of a new economic market, agriculture has undergone major changes. I. Structure of […]