Food and drinks

French Wine Connection 2015

Inès NICOLAS - 07-avr.-2015 21:14:36

After a two-month selection process in France, the French Trade Commission in North America is proud to present its French Wine Connection, gathering 30 French producers from 11 wine regions. Come and discover exclusive products and rare grape varieties from : Ambrosia – Arrogant Frog – Benoît Gautier – Burckel-Jung – Cave du Marmandais – Champagne Maxime Blin – Champagne Vollereaux – Château d’Abzac – Château de la Tilleraie – Claude Lafond – Château Laur – Clos des Américains – Clos des Quarterons-Amirault  – Domaine de Flines – Domaine Déramé – Domaine des Caillots – Domaine de la Commanderie – Domaines et Châteaux de Bourgogne – Domaine Moncourt ­– Jean-Luc Colombo – La Galaura – Le Clos Lucas – Les Grands Chais de la Marne – Les Grands Chais de France – Mabi rum punch – Maison Jean Pla – Olivier & Lafont – Pascal Gibault – Patrick Girard – Prieuré Saint Sever – Remy Pannier – Sick Dreyer – Vignobles Furt – Vranken Pommery   The French Wine Connection will be held in Toronto on May 4 and in New York on May 6 2015.     For further information or to attend, please contact (Toronto) or (New York).

So French, so good! France adds zest to its gourmet exports!

Milena SALCI - 15-juil.-2014 16:51:55

Interview : Christophe MONNIER, the expert for the Gourmet sector at UBIFRANCE What else could you expect from France, where gastronomic quality is so vital? Yet cultivating taste buds the world over also pays off in economic terms; French Gourmet as a sector is worth 7 Billion Euros, covering 250 categories, amounting to 16% of the French food industry’s total exports. 1200 companies, 90% of them SMEs, are actively seeking and opening up export markets. What French people consider as “typical”, the rest of the world perceives as symbolizing culinary art that can only be “Made in France.” Christophe Monnier, the expert for the Gourmet sector at UBIFRANCE, describes a high-end market with a broad range of dynamic diversity. He starts with baked goods, biscuits and chocolate, accounting for 50% of French gourmet exports. In the vast feast of consumables to be delighted in, two characteristically French trends stand out. First, there is an absolute respect for authentic flavor and tradition – neatly summed up by the French word terroir. Each gourmet product has its unique story, and that is how they need to be marketed. Secondly, with health concerns and awareness coming to the fore, carefully prepared organic and eco-friendly brands coming from France engender recognition and trust all around the world. Major players in the gourmet sector like Valrhona (high quality chocolates),  Rougi é  (famous French foie gras),  Bridor  (French bakery), Boiron Frères (fruit and vegetable coulis) and many other French companies are learning to be more reactive in providing service for their foreign accounts, to be more organized in responding to demanding foreign markets, in following up on orders quickly. Reliable logistics is the name of the game. Experts at UBIFRANCE like Christophe Monnier help up to 830 prospecting companies leverage their efforts in such programs as Saveurs de France, where French exporters demonstrate their know-how in new markets, such as in Latin America or in Asia. He also sets up highly selective – and profitable -- encounters with Purchasing Agents. Naturally, French suppliers devote their greatest effort to the French domestic market, eventually moving on to satisfy demand in French-speaking zones. Yet growth in 2013 was hard to come by in countries such as Switzerland (0.4%) and Belgium (4.2%), which offer relatively saturated outlets. Encouraged by the French emigration to London, more intrepid companies crossed the channel to the UK (8.9%). The companies in the know moved beyond these traditional markets. This is where double-digit sparks fly, with Austria (17.1%) and Russia (13.5%) providing substantial growth in 2013. In fact, the further exporters go, the bigger the rewards are. In Asia, China weighed in at 33.3%, Singapore at 14.3% and Hong Kong at 12.8% growth. As far as the Middle East is concerned, companies marketing gourmet to Dubai and Saudi Arabia were rewarded by a growth rate of more than 20%. According to Mr. Monnier, there are three prestigious showcases for French talent. He mentions  SIAL  and  EUROPAIN known to be  venues where deals get done, especially for consumer products. The ultimate culinary event has to be the Cuisine Summit at  SIRHA  in Lyon. All the French know-how is mobilized to create an exceptional experience in 40,000 square meters, capped by the prestigious prize, the “Bocuse d’Or”, a televised cooking competition among the world’s most renowned chefs representing their countries. Only creative excellence, fabulous ingredients and culinary brio stand a chance of winning! Further information about French companies – Gourmet Sector : >  Bakery, Grocery, Baked Goods, Miscellaneous  


Jerome Chataigner - 23-nov.-2012 00:36:28

For this 6 th edition of the French Wine Connection, Ubifrance made Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Languedoc, Loire Valley and Rhône travel oversea to Canada!   Featuring a selection of 100 wines, 22 wine producers from France have got the opportunity to present their wine-making know-how to more than 200 wine & spirits local key-players in Toronto and Calgary. This annual well-known wine tasting event now has been the occasion for   Canadians to discover new products not sold in Ontario and Alberta yet. We are looking forward to finding those amazing products on shelves in the coming months!

French Wine Connection in Montreal – May 22 and 23, 2012

Emmanuel BELLIER - 05-juin-2012 21:48:07

French Wine Connection in Montreal – May 22 and 23, 2012. The 2012 edition of the French Wine Connection in Montreal was focusing on organic and biodynamic wines and was a huge success. The tasting took place at the prestigious Lofthotel where more than 290 professionals of the sector (agents, sommeliers and the media) registered for the event to discover 11 producers from 7 French regions. We are looking forward to finding those amazing products in Quebec in the coming months!

Loblaw Brands Offshore Innovation Show

Aude Guivarch - 24-juin-2011 19:52:43

  After 18 months of close cooperation with Loblaws, the largest supermarket chain in Canada, Ubifrance Canada has organised on April 26 and 27 a trade mission for 16 French vendors of various products, from frozen canapés and escargots, to mustards and cookies. They have participated in the first “LCL Offshore Innovation Show” in Brampton, Ontario. The show has welcomed in total 33 companies from France, Italy, Chili, New Zealand, Switzerland and Germany. It was a great opportunity for the French companies and their international competitors to meet with the private label teams directly at their main office. Ubifrance Canada will work together with Loblaws in the coming months to improve and optimise the format.


emmanuelle.dubout - 23-mars-2011 13:48:46

Take part to the International Symposium & Exhibition on Natural Dyes (ISEND 2011) in La Rochelle (south-west  atlantic  French coast) ! The conference will last for six days, from April 25 to 30, featuring lectures, posters, films, dyeing demonstrations and field excursions to visit farmers growing dye plants, laboratories and to meet the local species of purple-producing shells along the sea-shore ...   More than 500 participants and speakers coming from 50 different countries are awaited to debate the biggest environmental, cultural and economical challenges regarding the preservation and developing of natural dyes.   UBIFRANCE supports this event, a great opportunity to meet with experts from all over the world and to discover the French offer of natural dyes and coloring agents in very different sectors : textile, leather processing, food and beverages, cosmetics…   For more information on ISEND 2011 Conference in La Rochelle, just follow this link : .

Naturally French

Aude Guivarch - 22-nov.-2010 20:15:31

Naturally French - Vancouver and Seattle - November 7 -10, 2010 The French Trade Commissions in Canada and in the US, in partnership with the French American Chambre of Commerce in Seattle have organised seminars with professionals followed by two trade shows in Vancouver at the Terminal City and in Seattle at the Renaissance Hotel. Eleven French suppliers have showcased their organic and natural products to importers, distributors, retailers, brokers, buyers from supermarket chains, buyers from the foodservice and the media. During these 4 days, the French companies confirmed that  they now have a better understanding and overview of the Canadian and American markets . They also have been able to identify business opportunities with importer s , new clients and/or other channels to develop their sales. Biopress ( ), Bretagne Gourmet ( ), Combier ( ), Corsica Gastronomia ( ), Crusty Bakery ( ), Famille Michaud Apiculteurs ( ), Française de Gastronomie ( ), Gelagri SAS ( www.gelagri.fcom ), La Fruitière du Val Evel ( ), Reine de Dijon SAS ( ), Tipiak ( ).

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