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      

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:,,  


Elisabeth Fosso - 07-déc.-2015 10:43:35
 For the 9th edition of the French Wine Trade Show , Business France organises a trade tasting gathering 21 wine companies from all French wine regions. They will introduce more than 250 wines to the Irish trade, covering a wide range of appellations. Irish wine importers and journalists will have a unique opportunity to discover and taste some of the renowned wines of France at the Aviva Stadium, on Tuesday 19th January 2016 , from 1pm to 6:30pm.  Over the years, many partnerships between French wineries and Irish importers were built from the informal introductions made at this event. Organised as a walk-in tasting, this is a full Tour de France (Provence, Bordeaux, South-West, Rhône, Alsace, Loire and many more regions) under one roof!  SUD DE FRANCE is associated to the event this year, bringing nine exclusive companies from the Languedoc-Roussillon region. SUD DE FRANCE is the umbrella structure for Languedoc-Roussillon wines, highlighting the origin, the savoir-faire and the exceptional Mediterranean terroir of the area.  As the only French wine trade event in Ireland, this is an unmissable stop for importers who are looking for new lines for their portfolio. For more information, please contact Myriam Kajji – / 012 77 5086  

France is no longer the world’s largest wine producer

Elisabeth Fosso - 04-déc.-2015 12:40:22
While the French harvest outnumbered the 2014 production by 1%, it is not enough to maintain France as the world’s largest wine producer. According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), Italy is now the leading wine producer with a sharp 10% increase of its production to 48,8M hl whereas France produced 47,3M hl this year. Spain ranks third as its production fell by 4% to 36,6M hl. These three countries account for 48% of the world’s production and underline the European domination. Still, France remains the largest producer for rosé with a third of the global production (7,6M hl) followed by Spain (5,5M hl) and the United States (3,5M hl). Italy comes in fourth place with 2,5M hl. In order to promote French wines in Ireland, Business France organises a trade event gathering 21 wine producers from all French wine regions. Taking place on Tuesday 19 th January at the Aviva Stadium, this professional event aims at gathering wine importers and journalists and giving them the opportunity to discover some of the renowned wines of France.         Source :, ©  

Irish consumer sentiment hits nine-year on promise of tax cuts

Vimla Hunt - 25-août-2015 18:18:53
Irish consumer sentiment hit a nine-year high in June as falling unemployment and the promise of more tax cuts when the government presents its budget later this year helped boost optimism, a survey showed on Tuesday. Irelands economy grew faster than any other in the European Union in 2014 and economic indicators have been strong so far this year, with retail sales up sharply.The KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index climbed to 102.8 from 98.5 in May. The index of current economic conditions at 113.9 remains far higher than the index of consumer expectations at 95.4, but both are at their highest levels this year. KBC chief economist Austin Hughes said the survey should not be interpreted as signalling "unbound optimism." "The survey suggests a broadly shared sense among consumers that the Irish economy is doing well and the outlook for jobs has improved but pressure on personal finances is still widespread," Hughes said. Irelands ruling coalition has pinned its hopes of re-election early next year on voters starting to feel the benefits of the recovery and has pledged to cut taxes and increase spending for a second successive year in 2016. Hughes said the prospect of a more generous budget in October appeared to be the primary driver of the jump in confidence and the government had a "delicate task" in balancing the aim of maintaining momentum and cutting the budget deficit. Under EU rules, Ireland has to deliver a balanced budget by 2018 compared to a forecast deficit of 2.7 percent of gross domestic product this year.

Aryzta to acquire 49% stake in French food firm Picard

Myriam Kajji - 09-avr.-2015 17:04:12
Shares in Swiss-Irish food group Aryzta fell to their lowest level in 18 months after it announced plans to buy a stake in French food retailer Picard , surprising investors, who had thought the company was keen to exit the frozen foods sector. Aryzta said it had entered into exclusive negotiations to buy a 49 per cent stake in the French brand, which specialises in high-end frozen food, for €447 million from Lion Capital , a private- equity firm based in London. Under the terms of the deal, Aryzta would maintain an option to acquire 100 per cent stake in the business in three to five years. The acquisition, if it goes ahead, will be funded from the proceeds of its part sale of agribusiness group Origin and the disposal of its Tullamore-based Carroll Cusine, which look set to net Aryzta an estimated €444 million. News of the deal, however, sent shares in the Dublin and Zurich-listed company down. They fell 7.8 per cent or €4.75 to €58 in Dublin and by a similar margin in Zurich, their lowest close since September 2013. Nonetheless, chief executive Owen Killian insisted the investment in Picard was “consistent with Aryzta’s strategy of consumer relevancy through diversifying markets and channel positioning”. Picard has delivered consistent revenue, profit and market share growth over 40 years, he added. The French company sells mostly high-quality French produce through its 930 stores and commands 20 per cent of the country’s frozen food market. Recently, it has begun to expand internationally, opening stores in Belgium, Italy, Sweden and Japan. The deal would give Aryzta a direct retail presence on the ground for the first time. The company said it would treat the French group as an associate and that it expected the acquisition to make a net contribution of 3 per cent to underlying earnings per share (EPS), offsetting half of the negative 6 per cent impact of the Origin placement. Last week, it placed 49 million shares in Origin, some 60 per cent of its stake in the business, on the market, raising more than €404 million. The group will take two seats on the Picard board as part of the deal. “Other food companies have problems in frozen or are even selling these activities, so the market is a bit irritated by the move,” said Patrik Schwendimann, an analyst at Zuercher Kantonalbank. “The transaction in combination with the Origin sale will reduce earnings per share.” Vontobel analyst Jean-Philippe Bertschy said: “That move is surprising as Aryzta is expanding in a non- bakery sector and in a saturated market.”

Electric renewables grow and cover nearly 20% of French consumption in 2014

Christine Deniel - 16-mars-2015 13:25:18
The regulatory systems as well as more favorable economic provisions in 2014 allow renewable energy to pursue their development.     Wind and photovoltaic improves with nearly 1 900 MW installed additional-owners in 2014. France includes now more than 9 100 MW of wind and near 5 300 MW of photovoltaics. The electrical energy produced by non-hydraulic (28 TWh) renewables energy exceeds the production of thermal fossil for the first time in 2014. More than half comes from wind generation, the rest is divided between photovoltaic and biomass. On the 27 th of December, the maximum of wind production has reached 7 000 MW, or 80% of wind power installed. The maximum of photovoltaic production reached on May 17, a capacity of 3 700 MW. Such levels had never been achieved before. In addition, water availability is rather high this year, because of a high volume of rainfall: level of hydraulic production (68.2 TWh) is the strongest of the decade after 2013, which was exceptional.  
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