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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      

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  

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).

FRENCH WINE TRADE SHOW 2016

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 – myriam.kajji@businessfrance.fr / 012 77 5086  

CREATIVE FRANCE

HUNT Vimla - 28-oct.-2015 11:31:39
  THE STORY BEHIND CREATIVE FRANCE   Créative France is the story of accentuating the ‘creative’, both literally and figuratively.   It’s the story of a different approach, of the spark ignited by phrases and by words and images. It’s the story of an airliner that gains a second deck, of a coding school that becomes a nexus for learning, of a pastry that is coveted like a precious jewel.   It’s the story of a strong visual identity that is at once bold, elegant, prominent, modern, dynamic, surprising, flexible and unifying.   It’s the story of a creative, unconventional campaign that highlights our country’s full range of strengths, skills and savoir-faire. And for good reason – France is at the forefront of technology, design, industry and education, to name but a few sectors.   It’s the story of France today: solid fundamentals enhanced by an outstanding ability to innovate and a constant push to break new ground. Equal parts playful and serious-minded, France bucks convention while reaching for the top.   France has appeal… and creativity!   For more information on Créative France, please visit:  http://creative.businessfrance.fr/  

Camaïeu opens its first website outside of French borders

Vimla Hunt - 20-oct.-2015 11:54:10
Even though its French e-commerce already generates the equivalent of a "small country" in sales, the womenswear clothing retailer has launched its first international portal, for Poland. It completes a network of 99 locations in the country which will serve as delivery points for the local clientele. One of the major particularities of this site compared to the French version is the possibility to pay upon delivery. A procedure that is still widely used in Eastern Europe, where cash payments are make up an important portion of purchases made. "International and e-business are complementary growth levers for Camaïeu," explained the chains Marketing Director, Constance de Polignac. "The opening of our first international site is very emblematic, not only because Poland is a historic country for Camaïeu but also because the internationalisation of e-commerce is part of the approach that consists of proposing an offer and services adapted to the local markets." Now in its fourth decade, Camaïeu is at the head of a network of 650 stores in France, plus another 370 in some twenty countries. At the beginning of fall, the retailer announced the deployment of a line of basics called Camaï, and a new premium range.  

L’Occitane Group plans major marketing campaign

Vimla Hunt - 25-sept.-2015 13:03:06
L’Occitane Group, owner of L’Occitane en Provence, is planning a major marketing campaign to boost the presence of three of its ‘emerging’ brands in 2016. The company will promote French-Korean brand Erborian; naturals brand Melvita; and L’Occitane au Brésil, a brand based on natural extracts from Brazil. The company is currently enjoying significant growth, with global sales up by 11.7% in its last financial year, driven largely by the Far East. Sales rose by 21.2% in Hong Kong alone and by 28.9% in China, and the company is clearly focusing on both markets. It expanded its Hong Kong stores from 32 to 36 and its China stores by 25 to 161 in 2014-2015. It is also opening a new store in Taiwan and five more in Japan. “Continued investments in product innovation, merchandising, digital and CRM initiatives, and marketing as well as sales distribution channels enabled the group to cater to growing demand,” said the company in its earnings statement. The group also said it would be implementing a new marketing programme to enhance brand awareness world wide. This will focus on digital marketing, marketing communications and product sampling, alongside the opening of flagships in key markets. “The management has adopted a selective multi-channel approach to boost sales and expects investments in the digital and travel retail channels to be key drivers of future growth,” said the company. “The continuous upgrading and expanding of our retail network, selectively and carefully, through store renovations and relocations has started to bear fruit.“ The group will continue the ongoing revamp of Melvita and will introduce its Erborian brand to more markets, added the company. Erborian recently opened a bricks-and-mortar store in Paris to cater to the city’s wealthy Asian community.
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