Case studies in France
Syndicate of Foie Gras Producers On-farm
Foie gras is a traditional product obtained from the liver of a force-fed duck or goose. The Syndicate of Foie Gras Producers On-farm is a non-profit organization, created in 1986. This syndicate defends the interests of producers processing their foie gras on-farm. It includes about one hundred foie gras producers from Gers who carry out processing and canning of foie gras. Most of them also breed, force-feed, and slaughter animals on-farm. All of them propose an on-farm sale service.
This syndicate is part of the Gers association for foie gras & poultry farming promotion; a non-profit organization created in 1983. Each aspect of foie gras production from Gers (from hatching to processing) is represented by at least one member on the Board of Directors of this association. The syndicate of foie gras producers on-farm is one of these aspects.
This syndicate (and so this association) offers many advantages:
- The promotion of the profession on the occasion of events or via the press.
- The defense of profession interests.
- Technical support: advice about norms or certifications.
- Financial support: search for financing for the producers or producer groups, grant management.
For more information, please visit http://www.foie-gras-gers.com/foie-gras-produits-fermiers.aspx.
In the city of Valensol (in the region Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur) in 2012, around 40 local farmers, decided to open a supermarket (350 square meters) together in order to start directly selling their products. Meat, cheese, fruits and vegetables and all kinds of products can be found in this supermarket. Everything works as in a classical supermarket, except that the prices are decided by the farmers only and they have to give a little bit of their time to work in the shop. Since 2012, two other shops have open in Manosque (a small city shop , 60 square meters) and in Aix en Provence (250 square meters). In the original shop in Valensol, a kitchen is going to open soon in order to be able to prepare and sell ready-to-eat meals made from products of the shop.
For more information, please visit https://www.couleurs-paysannes.fr/.