Events, Promotions & Traditions

French “Gruyère” cheese obtained its  Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) designation on December, 4th 2012.. The cheese is milk-based cheese made in Savoie and Franche Comté (near the Alps mountains in eastern France). History of Gruyère: The method for making Gruyère cheese dates back to the Roman period in the north of Italy. From the 15th […]

The Organic Spring takes place each year during the month of June to promote organic farming and products. All around the country, farms and processing establishments organize an array of promotional activities ranging from open houses and educational exhibitions to product tastings and organic catering services. The launch of the 15th “Organic Spring Meeting” took […]

The Science for Action and Development department of INRA (National Institute for Research in Agriculture) hosted in November an international meeting called “New Types of Agriculture: common farming, public debates and social critics”. The objective of this meeting was to consider different types of sustainable farming through the scope of social sciences. The main concern […]

Fraîch’attitude is week-long event organized by Interfel (The organization of fresh fruits and vegetables), under the patronage of the French ministry of Agriculture that will take place from the 13th to the 22nd of June this year. In June 2005 it became clear that information about the nutritional benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables was […]

May is the European Month in D.C. this year. On the 10th, Every EU member state opened their doors of their embassies to the public, allowing D.C. locals and visitors to discover European cultural diversity and common heritage. The event was a huge success. 4,300 people came to the French embassy this year. French and […]

From May 1st 2015 to October 31st 2015, the city of Milan in Italy will host the Universal Exposition on the theme “Feeding the planet Energy for life”, a key issue in a world whose population continues to grow. 144 countries are taking part in this event, and each participating country will build a pavilion […]

On October 3rd, Bel Brands USA, a subsidiary of the Paris-based cheese producer Bel Group, held the official ribbon cutting ceremony for its third cheese production facility in America. Brookings, South Dakota is the strategic home to this production center, the construction for which began in 2012 due to an increasing demand for Mini Babybel […]

French gastronomy is famous for its excellence all around the world. So much so that UNESCO recognizes it as an intangible heritage of humanity. On September 26th, 2014, the French Minister of Agriculture Stephane Le Foll teamed up with fellow ministers to show their support for the fourth annual “Fête de la Gastronomie,” or French […]

In the summer of 2013, the French Ministry of Agriculture and New York City Department of Education’ SchoolFood entered into a collaborative partnership with the goal of sharing valuable ideas, data and practices regarding food education. The main focus of this partnership is to share food policy initiatives aimed at educating children about food and […]

This past October 16th, France celebrated its second annual ‘Day against Food Waste’ as part of the National Pact against Food Waste. Stéphane Le Foll, French minister French Minister for Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, designated fighting food waste as one of the four fundamental priorities of the new Public Food Policy. In addition to “no […]