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The business was started in the town of Oraison by Francois and Maggy Doucet in 1969 and is located in the Alpes de Haute Provence, one hour north of Marseilles. It employs 70 people from a variety of backgrounds and maintains a dynamic, artisanal character. For Francois Doucet making confectionery is a long family story dating back to the time of his great grandfather, Theodore Vieillard, said to be the creator of the French fruit jelly in the Auvergne. Oraison is in the heart of Provencal orchard country and enjoys a climate which favours fruit growing, and the company benefits from a ready supply of apricots, pears, peaches, quince and figs…not to mention wonderful provencal almonds.
The fame of the business has been based on the key values of tradition, quality and creativity, and has been recognised by fellow professionals with the award at the Intersuc international exhibition of no less than 15 ‘Blue Ribbons’ since 1979.
At the beginning Francois Doucet produced traditional French pralines, roasted local almonds coated with nougatine, flavoured with herbes de Provence. The assortment grew to include pear and apricot candied fruit jellies while today there are three distinct groups of products: traditional pralines coated in chocolate, fruit jellies, and candied fruit coated in chocolate.
Two essential elements are the origin and quality of the fruit and 70% of the fruit used is harvested fully ripe in Provence and neighbouring regions.
The factory, temperature controlled storage and offices take up about 5000m2, and annual production amounts to 430 tons of fruit jelly and 300 tons of chocolate confectionery.
Computer technology allows us to carefully control stock at every stage with up and downstream traceability. It also allows economic and financial management, and underpins HR and the maintenance of plant and equipment, quality control and customer relations.
The sales team in France, Europe and worldwide ensures that we can respond to the needs of our clients, many of whom are retailers, and apart from the current range of products Francois Doucet Confiseur also can create bespoke recipes to satisfy customer demand. We are also certified to make organic fruit jellies.
Every year something new is added to enhance the Francois Doucet range of confectionery.

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