Livestock, Meat, Processed meat products

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:,,  

Agricultural issues at stake during the COP 21 climate conference

Elisabeth Fosso - 15-déc.-2015 11:22:22

  From November 30 th to December 11 th , Paris hosted the 21 st Conference of the Parties (COP 21), where 195 countries gathered to find an agreement on climate change. Among the 180 states who published their intentions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, more than a hundred included the agricultural industry in their plan. French minister for Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll created several projects to tackle the issue of global warming, as agriculture accounts for 19% of the national greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, the government officially launched the “4 per 1000” initiative on December 1 st . It aims at demonstrating that agriculture, and agricultural soils in particular, can play a crucial role where food security and climate change are concerned. Therefore, a “4‰” annual growth rate of the soil carbon stock would make it possible to stop the present increase in atmospheric CO 2 . Hundreds of states, institutions and international NGOs already manifested an interest in this initiative. Stéphane Le Foll also presented the “Beef Carbon” project that plans a 15% drop in greenhouse gas effects for the beef meat sector by 2025.      Sources : La France Agricole,   © Xavier Remongin    

“France Viande Export”, a new hub for the promotion of French meat

Elisabeth Fosso - 10-déc.-2015 10:46:40

  On October 12 th , the French Department of Agriculture launched the French Meat Export hub as a response to the current crisis in the livestock sector. This initiative aims at promoting French meat exports and creating new market opportunities for French producers. In the meantime, the government also negotiated the lifting of the Malaysian, Saudi Arabian, Singaporean, Vietnamese and South African embargoes on French beef. Indeed, Asian and Middle East markets represent worthwhile prospects since the total animal protein intake of European consumers is forecasted to decline. France Meat Export currently gathers 32 companies that produce beef and pig meat. The hub ensures collaboration between small and medium enterprises thanks to a better access to useful information. It also increases their competitiveness by enabling them to tender for contracts. Supported by the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Economy and Agriculture as well as embassies and Business France, the hub will help companies defend the French origin of their meat during international trade shows.           Sources :,   © Terra-net Média    

Sommet de l’élevage

Elisabeth Fosso - 16-oct.-2015 10:41:41

Europe’s main livestock show took place in Clermont-Ferrand during three days. Along with the SPACE 2015, it is one of the main events in the French agricultural industry. From Wednesday 7 th October to Friday 9 th , 1300 exhibitors gathered to welcome 85,000 professionals as well as 4,000 foreigners. About 70 countries were represented including newcomers such as Greece, Hungary, New-Zealand and Australia. The Sommet de l’élevage is thus the second biggest agricultural event after the Paris Agricultural Show.   Even though Clermont-Ferrand is the cradle of the biggest cattle breed, cows were not allowed to attend the show due to outbreaks of blue tongue in the region. Only sheep and horses could be represented for sanitary reasons. Yet, the main objective remained trade and exports for farmers in a crisis context, and international visitors could still discover some French breeding farms. Source:,,,  

SPACE 2015: the international livestock trade fair

Elisabeth Fosso - 15-sept.-2015 16:53:58

The 29 th international exhibition of livestock production takes place in Rennes (France) from September 15 th to 18 th in the midst of the agricultural crisis. The estimated 100,000 visitors will discover the full range of equipment; services and other latest developments that will help improve the competitiveness of farms.   The exhibition will focus on innovation in the livestock sector as well as the cooperation with international agricultural industries. 1441 exhibitors coming from 39 countries are expected today. The ever-growing number of foreign exhibitors points out the huge international impact of the trade fair.   Despite the crisis, farmers want to find solutions and create synergies as they understand the importance of looking ahead to the future.   Sources :,  

Understand the crisis in the French livestock sector

Elisabeth Fosso - 28-août-2015 10:51:28

  Over the past few months, the French farming industry has been responsible for sharp tensions leading to a special European Council on September 7 th .   . Who is protesting?   The first protests took place in June this year initiated by cattle producers. It led to a meeting on June 17 th where retailers and producers exposed their complaints. In July, both the dairy farming and the pig industry joined the movement.   . Why are these sectors in crisis?   Diverse reasons of the crisis impact several industries. Among them, the price of cereals has doubled over the last seven years, making it hard for producers to feed their cattle. As a consequence, the production costs of the beef sector soared. Moreover, beef producers suffered from high compliance and maintenance costs. These costs impoverished them to such an extent that they are unable to pay their bank loans.   For the first time since 1984, the European Union has suppressed the quotas on the dairy production causing a liberalisation of the market. As a result, the offer explodes and the purchasing price of the milk production is lower than its production cost. Farmers sell at loss and are less competitive than their European counterparts.   The Russian embargo towards European products harms the pig sector in France as well as a rise in the European pig production (especially Spain and Germany).   Thus, the upcoming European Council will be crucial for the relationship between the French government and the farming industry.     Source: / © AFP  

Agro -technology : French know-how is still one of the best in the world

Agrotech Dublin - 15-mai-2014 17:15:12

Interview : Tatiana Miron, UBIFRANCE’s Export Advisor for the Agriculture and Food sector. With the mechanization of farming these past few decades, France has demonstrated its know-how in developing high-performing Agro-technology solutions worldwide. 2 nd importer and 5 th exporter for international markets in farming technologies, France is undoubtedly one of the major players in the sector, with 9% market share worldwide. “French companies are recognized and quite present internationally,” explains Tatiana Miron, UBIFRANCE’s Export Advisor for the Agriculture and Food sector. France has 230 enterprises that export farming equipment. Most of them are SMEs (60 %). Among them are companies like Grégoire Besson, Kuhn, Exel Industries and Manitou.   “70 % of French production in farming equipment is exported,” points out Tatiana Miron. When the exporting company is French, doors open more easily As an example, in South Africa, the exports for French farming machines increased 6 % between 2013 and 2012. Local prospects started noticing the Kuhn, Manitou, Pellenc or Berthoud logos hard at work. “These companies found the right distributors and they are focused on specific niches, ones whose needs they really understand,” analyzes the UBIFRANCE’s expert. In a completely different business segment, that of equipment designed and manufactured for the food industry, “France is still the reference throughout the world,” asserts Tatiana Miron. “When the exporting company is French, doors open easier.” With an international market share of 5.4 %, France is ranked 5th, behind Germany and Italy, two big leaders in the market for the food industry’s equipment. Innovative, flexible and well-adapted to its markets To go into detail, “the French offer is well-positioned for producing machines and implements for industrial preparation of food and drinks,” says UBIFRANCE’s advisor. France is also very present in baking and pastry equipment, plus biscuit-making as well as for specialized implements designed for meat. According to Tatiana Miron, “All of these specialties are growing at an exponential rate.” “France is displaying all its ability to innovate. Flexible and well-adapted to each market, French companies have become highly specialized,” she adds. This is certainly the strategy the major French trademarks in the sector have adapted, like Bongard, Serac and Cermex. They combine their knowledge of different markets and their own reactivity to respond quickly and well to calls for bids. This competitive edge is what allows them to reinforce themselves on several market niches. Further information about French companies - Agri-food Sector : > Livestock, Meat, Processed meat products > Fishery and Aquaculture products and processed > Agricultural equipment and Food processing, Packaging

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