France

48 hours in Bordeaux

48 hours in Bordeaux

Published on May 10th, 2021

The micro-events were very diverse, with attendees invited to notably visit an endive cultivation inside an old German blockhouse. /// © Alexandra Sautois, Eurofresh Distribution

 

On the last weekend of April, Bordeaux put on its finest clothes to celebrate 48 hours of urban agriculture (48h de l’agriculture urbaine). 

France declares “agricultural disaster” as country deals with aftermaths of frosts 

Large French potato crop

Large French potato crop

Published on Dec 28th, 2020

France’s 2020 potato crop is up 3.4% from last year, reaching approximately 6.75 million tons, according to data published by the UNPT-CNIPT. The volume is 1.1% above the 5-year average. Acreage has expanded 1.4% to 154,900 ha. Average gross yield is around 43.6 ton/ha, which is better than last year, and slightly above the 5-year average. However, the current pandemic is likely to have a severe impact on the success of the campaign, with demand down in the food service channel.

 

 

Aldi to close 31 Leader Price stores in France

Aldi to close 31 Leader Price stores in France

Published on Dec 23rd, 2020
© Lionel Allorge, Wikipédia

 

According to the CGT union, the 240 employees working in these stores will be reclassified elsewhere.

This decision comes after the takeover by Aldi of the Leader Price franchise from the French giant Casino during last November. The stores concerned are to often be sold to other companies, for various reasons like a too close proximity to Aldi brand's stores or a too strong competition in the sector.

17% of France’s specialist organic stores owned by major retailers

17% of France’s specialist organic stores owned by major retailers

Published on Dec 15th, 2020

© Claire Tillier

 

France’s leading 100% organic brands Biocoop, Naturalia and La Vie Claire performed very well in 2019, thanks to continued store openings and increasingly aggressive communication. However, smaller brands are suffering from the increasingly fierce competition.

Pink Lady® sets off on tour across France

Pink Lady® sets off on tour across France

Published on Dec 03rd, 2020
PINKIDS © Pink Lady®

 

To launch the new season, Pink Lady® will crisscross France to meet its partner wholesalers in wholesale markets and open-air markets in 10 cities. This unprecedented tour, which will begin on November 5 and will run for 5 weeks, will announce the launch of the French harvest and allow Pink Lady® to anchor itself a little more in the local landscape.

French retail takes on Amazon

SIVAL Expo showcases specialty crops in France

France, the first export market for Ukraine

France, the first export market for Ukraine

Published on Oct 08th, 2020

For the first time, France became the largest export market for Ukrainian fruit, berries and nuts, reported the analytics of EastFruit agency. The volume of shipments has grown by 9% comparing to 2019, and amounted to $12.2 million. The basic commodities are walnut (+19% comparing to 2019), frozen wild blueberry and frozen raspberry.

Auchan announces steps to complete transition

Auchan announces steps to complete transition

Published on Sep 16th, 2020

Auchan France has laid out its plans to implement the key initiatives established in the 2022 transformation plan. According to Auchan Retail France’s chief executive, Jean-Denis Deweine, the retailer is to focus on five strategic priorities:

  • Improve the offer: with more focus on local and exclusive or artisanal products and private labels

  • Update its hypermarkets

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