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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  

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  

Exhibitor List - French Wine Trade Show - January 20th

KAJJI Myriam - 10-déc.-2014 13:32:40
Champagne charles collin   Champagne www.champagne-charles-collin.com    Champagne H. Blin Champagne www.champagne-blin.com Chateau la Nerthe Rhône Valley www.chateaulanerthe.fr CM Wines Loire, Rhône, Bordeaux, Beaujolais   D.A.D Languedoc-Roussillon www.dad-best-wines-from-languedoc-roussillon-south-of-france.com Domaine d’Eole Provence www.domainedeole.com Domaine de la Provenquière Languedoc-Roussillon www.provenquière.com Domaine Trotereau Loire   Domaine Zinck Alsace www.zinck.fr Domaines Rollan de By Bordeaux www.rollandeby.com Domaines Roux père & fils Bourgogne www.domaines-roux.com Ejdis International www.best-french-wine.com Henri de Villamont Bourgogne www.hdv.fr La Passion des Terroirs Bordeaux www.lapassiondesterroirs.com Maison Rivière Bordeaux www.clos-des-menuts.com P.Ferraud & Fils Beaujolais, Bourgogne, Rhône www.ferraud.com Producta   Bordeaux www.producta.com Spirit France Calvados & Armagnac www.spirit-france.com Vignerons du Brulhois South-West www.vigneronsdubrulhois.com

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

UBIFRANCE - 10-juil.-2014 15:41:07
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), Rougie (famous French foie gras), Bridor (French bakery), Boirons ( 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   venue s 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

The future trends of the agri-food industry

Charles Cornillère - 05-nov.-2012 21:01:14
<p style="text-align: justify"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">During the SIAL, the International Show of the Agri-Food Industry, industrials of the agri-food sector got the opportunity to present their innovations, and we can have a preview on what we will soon have in our plates. Right now, there are 7 trends major trends in the food sector:<br /> <br /> </font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><span style="mso-list: Ignore"><font size="2">1.</font><span style="font: 7pt &rsquo;Times New Roman&rsquo;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Natural<br /> </font></span></b><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">This is not a recent trend, but it is still quite strong: consumers prefer to buy natural products. It completes the organic offer, and leads to the success of the &ldquo;frees&rdquo;: colour free, additives free, sugar free&hellip; And industrials are trying to develop new and more natural processes to taste again the &ldquo;real&rdquo; flavour of the food.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> </font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><span style="mso-list: Ignore"><font size="2">2.</font><span style="font: 7pt &rsquo;Times New Roman&rsquo;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Simple<br /> </font></span></b><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Customers are more and more careful about the composition of the food they buy, and manufacturers are trying to follow this trend by developing simple products, with a shorter list of ingredients, like Haagen-Dazs with its 5 ingredients ice cream, recently launched in France.<br /> <br /> </font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><span style="mso-list: Ignore"><font size="2">3.</font><span style="font: 7pt &rsquo;Times New Roman&rsquo;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Sachet<br /> </font></span></b><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Time are&nbsp;challenging for European consumers and people are trying to save money everywhere they can, even on&nbsp;food budget. Consequently, individual sachets are skyrocketing:&nbsp;they minimise waste and consumers can buy small quantities at one time. The downsides are the much higher price per kilo&nbsp;and the increased uses of packaging.<br /> <br /> </font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><span style="mso-list: Ignore"><font size="2">4.</font><span style="font: 7pt &rsquo;Times New Roman&rsquo;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Honey<br /> </font></span></b><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Sugar is now outdated and even last year&rsquo;s phenomenon, stevia, is being replaced. Now, and following the natural trend explained before, honey is becoming the new fashionable way to sweeten your yoghurts or tea.<br /> <br /> </font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><span style="mso-list: Ignore"><font size="2">5.</font><span style="font: 7pt &rsquo;Times New Roman&rsquo;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Local<br /> </font></span></b><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Because of growing environmental concerns, eating not only national but also local food (&ldquo;terroir&rdquo;) is another steady trend for the end of this year.<br /> <br /> </font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><span style="mso-list: Ignore"><font size="2">6.</font><span style="font: 7pt &rsquo;Times New Roman&rsquo;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Allergies<br /> </font></span></b><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Products targeted for a certain community are quite well developed in the supermarkets, but some markets were forgotten, including celiac food. Now, industrials develop a lot of products like gluten-free bread or cakes.<br /> <br /> </font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><span style="mso-list: Ignore"><font size="2">7.</font><span style="font: 7pt &rsquo;Times New Roman&rsquo;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Kits<br /> </font></span></b><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">With more on more people wishing to make their own food but without having enough time, some &ldquo;kits&rdquo;, in which you have all the ingredients and you just have to mix them together, are beginning to appear in our supermarkets shelves.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> </font></span><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><font size="2">Look around and&nbsp;you should spot these new products very soon at your local shop!<span style="mso-tab-count: 1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></font></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-IE" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-IE"><o:p><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font size="2">Source : &laquo;&nbsp;Ces nouvelles tendances alimentaires qui s&rsquo;installent dans les assiettes&nbsp;&raquo;, La Tribune, 31/10/12 (</font><a href="http://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/agroalimentaire-biens-de-consommation-luxe/20121024trib000726816/ces-nouvelles-tendances-alimentaires-qui-s-installent-dans-les-assiettes.html"><font size="2">http://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/agroalimentaire-biens-de-consommation-luxe/20121024trib000726816/ces-nouvelles-tendances-alimentaires-qui-s-installent-dans-les-assiettes.html</font></a><font size="2">)<o:p></o:p></font></p>

Locally produced food in the heart of the cities

By Charles Cornillère - 12-juil.-2012 18:33:34
This is a new but steady orientation in French major cities concerning food: to eat local. In Lyon for instance, 65 small food producers around the city gathered to open a grocery store and to sell their own production of cheese, meat or locally grown vegetables. But not only producers willing to find new commercial opportunities are interested in this approach and some new retailers are trying to surf on this trend. A small grocery store, Savoie Saveurs, based in the Savoie county, offers to its customers a large choice of local products with a specific approach: To be tasteful, to be locally produced (less than 100km), and to reflect the passion and the region of its producer. In addition to the geographic and quality selection of the products sold in the store, the owner, Benoit Dupraz, takes the time to visit its farmers, to taste their products and, contrary to mass-market retailers, does not negotiates prices. Moreover, he ensures its customers that 60% of the selling price goes to the producer. This new kind of local fair-trade grocery store references 62 local suppliers, with 15 to 20% organic products and some surprising items, such as the Wodska, a local vodka 100% from organic rey.   Source: Les produits du terroir à la reconquête des villes in agro-media.com, 19/06/12 http://www.agro-media.fr/chronique/chronique-la-parole-aux-bloggeurs/les-produits-de-terroir-%C3%A0-la-reconqu%C3%AAte-des-villes
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