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France to put pressure on Phil Hogan to cut EU milk production

Elisabeth Fosso - 19-févr.-2016 18:00:44
  Mr Hogan agreed to go to Paris on February 25 to meet French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll, to hear French proposals.     On Monday, Mr Hogan acknowledged a shared understanding in the EU Council of Ministers that there is a crisis in a number of sectors, notably dairy and pigmeat. He said he is not happy with the current situation of farmers, and it requires an EU-wide response.     Mr Le Foll presented proposals to regulate oversupply in the milk and pigmeat sectors, but the European Commission asked him to come back with new proposals. Mr Le Foll pledged to work on new solutions and “convince all our partners and the commission to make proposals.”     However, the Irish dairy industry will oppose any re-introduction of quotas “by the backdoor”, if that emerges from talks.     Meanwhile, Mr Hogan said any crisis aid for farmers has to be consistent with the CAP legal framework, be within the constraints of the EU budget, and be broadly supported by member states.   © Irish Examiner   © Faimali/GFA      

VEGEPOLYS: International Cluster

Martine Joly - 15-févr.-2016 10:48:13
  VEGEPOLYS : A unique force in Europe 4 000 companies – 30 000 jobs – 450 researchers – 2 500 students – 25 higher training courses Born on the territory of the Pays de la Loire, the French state gave the label "competitiveness cluster" in July 2005 to VEGEPOLYS. As a competitive cluster with worldwide reach, VEGEPOLYS is open to the world, is developing its own international network and making partnerships with other French and non-French clusters.   VEGEPOLYS is founded on a historical tradition of production in the Pays de la Loire region of France. The pedoclimatic conditions in the region and the vitality and know-how of its companies have attracted national and local government support for several decades, enabling the region to become the leader in the specialised plants field. The Pays de la Loire region is alone in Europe in bringing together in a single geographical area both private enterprise and public research and training establishment a major European force in the plant world , on which VEGEPOLYS is based.   Making businesses more competitive The creation of value does not just involve product innovations, but also all other kinds of innovation: human resources management, production processes, marketing, logistics... VEGEPOLYS’ role is to organise and provide an impetus, in order to identify common problems and lead project groups. These activities take the form of workshops and strategy meetings.   International events VEGEPOLYS’ reputation is growing thanks to its presence at numerous events with its partners, and its actions toward key players:   ·          Participation in international exhibitions in France : SIVAL, Salon du Vin, Salon du végétal   ·          Participation in well-known international shows abroad : Hortifair, Fruit Logistica, IPM Essen, VitaFood, IBMA   ·          Participation in international congresses worldwide: In Vino, JAS, HIE, MexicoBio, SHE, Hydrangea...   -           Official website : http://www.vegepolys.eu/en/home/ -           Business France and VEGEPOLYS jointly organize international partnership Missions . More information: renaud.zurfluh@businessfrance.fr -           VEGEPOLYS   : The specialized plant sectors :   http://export.businessfrance.fr/Galerie/Files/Divers/VEGEPOLYS_specialized-plant-sectors.pdf -           French companies on youbuyfrance.com : Agri-food Sector > Horticulture and Timber, clic here     Agri-food Sector > Fresh fruit & vegetables and processed vegetable products, clic here  

French wine and spirit exports reach all-time high

Elisabeth Fosso - 12-févr.-2016 12:56:52
French wine and spirits exporters toasted a record value of overseas sales last year – thanks to a weaker euro, as well as booming demand for champagne and cognac. Total exports reached €11.7 billion in 2015 – an 8.7 per cent increase in value terms on 2014 and an all-time high after two consecutive years of declines, according to industry’s FEVS export federation. These latest figures have pushed wine and spirits into second place on the list of France’s most valuable export industries, above perfumes and cosmetics and behind aerospace. Data released yesterday showed sales to China climbed 23 per cent last year to about €830 million – returning to a level last seen in 2013. In a statement, FEVS said a 19 per cent rise in volumes to China “seems to signal the end of the destocking” Chinese importers and distributors began in 2013. That will come as relief to French producers such as Rémy Cointreau, Pernod Ricard and LVMH, which have suffered falls in high- end cognac sales in China.     © The Irish Times , The Financial Times  

French Wine Trade Show 2016

Elisabeth Fosso - 26-janv.-2016 18:58:15
  Snapshot of the the 9th edition of the French Wine Trade Show :   With about 70 professional visitors, the event was a true success and all parties present welcomed the return of this Irish wine specialists’ “must attend” event. Among the visitors, 61 importers from 47 Irish importing companies and 5 journalists were present. Several distributors have already placed orders for French Wines they tasted at the event and we expect that other ongoing negotiations will result in strong commercial partnerships very quickly.   Please find  here more pictures of the event.  

France’s new wine regions

Elisabeth Fosso - 11-janv.-2016 13:28:56
  For the first time in history, the French wine sector experiences a mini-liberalisation with the addition of 8,000 ha of new vineyards. It represents a 1% increase of the wine growing area. The new regulation – approved by the European Commission, enables winemakers to produce a new wine "appellation" or label to be called VSIG (Vins sans Indication Géographique: Wines without Geographic Indication).   Many in the wine business criticize the new regulation and consider that it can taint the reputation of the business as a whole and the traditional notion of "terroir" as the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with plant genetics, express in agricultural products. Indeed, terroir is the principle that justifies the protection of large parts of French agriculture. On the other hand, merchants and wine-producing companies believe that it will bring in new ideas and foster the development of new brands for the international market.   Eight years of tough negotiations in Brussels led to this and as of January 1 st , the rules on planting new vines in the EU have changed.       Sources: lemonde.fr , bbc.com   © Getty images  

France, leader in the dairy industry in 2013

Elisabeth Fosso - 08-janv.-2016 12:18:49
  French agriculture office FranceAgrimer along with Business France led a study on the global dairy industry based on 2013 market data. It aims to help producers as well as companies take strategic decisions. Ten countries – including France, Ireland and the UK but also the USA, Brazil and New-Zealand were evaluated as they account for   of the global production and   of the international trade. FranceAgrimer used criteria such as sustainability of the resources, production potential, technical mastery and export capacity to classify the countries. Thus, in 2013, France had the leading dairy industry with 645 points out of 1,000 thanks to the strength of its industrial groups followed by New Zealand (642 points) and Germany (614) which has outstanding logistical capacities. The Irish dairy market, with 552 points, came in fifth place. This study underlines the competitiveness of the industries before the abolition of milk quotas. As for the current evolutions induced by such a measure, the industry has to wait for 2017: FranceAgrimer plans on renewing the study every year in order to understand the market better.      Sources: lafranceagricole.fr, web-agri.fr, usinenouvelle.com  

A unique exhibition of low carbon solutions during COP21

RAMHIT Emilie - 16-déc.-2015 16:33:50
The Paris Climate Conference 2015 (COP21) this December is intended to result in an international climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol. This agreement must be capable of driving forward the reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions so as to restrict the rise in the Earth’s mean temperature by the end of the century to 2°C above the pre-industrial level. Against this background, Reed Expositions France has been working with the General Secretariat of COP21 to organize the Galerie des Solutions [Solutions Gallery] from 2nd to 9th December in the Museum of Air and Space at Le Bourget. Intended to support the diplomatic negotiations, the Gallery will be an exhibition of low carbon solutions exclusively reserved for professionals, and its mission will be to demonstrate that solutions do exist and to accelerate their market uptake. Occupying an area of 10,000 m2, running for seven days, and accessible from the Blue Zone (COP negotiations zone), the Galerie des Solutions [Solutions Gallery] will present innovative solutions developed and applied by companies, industries or territories that are designed to reduce the impact of economic activities on the climate: equipment, technologies, new models of organization and reproducible best practices… Over twenty countries will be represented including: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Japan, Morocco, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, the United Kingdom,… More specifically, the Ivory Coast, one of the African countries most committed to climate questions, will have a strong presence through a stand presenting initiatives and projects in the country, a broadcast from the TV studio, and visits by numerous officials from the country. As host country, what France has to offer will take pride of place in a dedicated space at the heart of the exhibition. It is therefore planned to demonstrate solutions – including clean vehicles in a dedicated outdoor space – and to stage special events, such as themed days that are integrated into the schedule of COP21, broadcasts and interviews with companies in a TV studio (eg. daily transport programme with Fer de France), guided tours and site visits for UN delegations. Other highlights will be prestige events such as networking sessions in a dedicated lounge, business lunches, VIP receptions in the heart of Paris… It will also host the official awards ceremonies for two sets of awards. The first Climate Solutions Awards, which will carry the COP21 label. Organized by Orée, AdEME, C3D, Crédit Coopératif, Solutions COP21, the Shift Project and World Efficiency, these will provide recognition for innovative solutions put forward by French SMEs or major groups to reduce energy consumption, limit greenhouse gases and preserve resources. There will also be the ceremony for the international Green Building Solutions Awards, which will be presented for outstanding examples of sustainable construction (building, technical solutions or materials) undertaken in countries covered by Construction21 or in its partner countries. Over 20,000 professional visitors are expected: participants in COP21 (heads of state, ministers, UN delegations from 197 countries), professionals (private and public sector decision makers and specifiers, delegations invited by the organizers…) and representatives of the media (printed press, radio, television, blogs).
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