Agriculture and food processing

1 hour from Paris
970 million euros in export turnover (2015)
320 companies
11 900 jobs
Centre-Val de Loire Region, in the heart of Europe

A regional dynamic of innovation that unites
companies and research organisations

  • Production leaders: cereals, oleaginous seeds, milk, beverages
  • A culture of quality products
  • Controlled resources in quality water
  • A regional brand: © du Centre. 110 “local produce” products and specialities as part of the sector with examples of French cultural heritage (Tour rillettes, Berry green lentils…)
  • Wine-growing: 15 regional PDOs (Sancerre, Reuilly, Touraine, Chinon, Cheverny, Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil)…
  • 5 cheese PDOs (Pouligny St-Pierre, Selles sur cher, Crottin de Chavignol, Sainte-Maure de Touraine, Valençay).
  • An active organic sector (meat, vegetables, milk)
  • A regional inter-professional association, Bio Centre, a place of exchange, dialogue, communication and guidance for stakeholders. 600 operators listed by the agency.

Tailor-made training and skills

IFRIA Centre-Val de Loire, the regional training centre for the food business

25 training courses for food agriculture professionals at every level from apprenticeships to production engineer, quality, innovation, risk management. Work-Study courses: line conductor, food agriculture maintenance technician

Professional organisations active in company life

A regional professional framework association for food businesses

Area Centre-Val de Loire, 150 members.

Leading cooperatives

Axéréal: N°1 French grain cooperative

Téréos: N°1 in France and N°3 worldwide in the sugar and starch industry

A regional dynamic of innovation that unites companies and research organisations

Isaac Newton food engineering hub: 2 laboratories open to industrials: promoting technology, collaborative projects, assistance with innovation.

Food Val de Loire: an agri-food entrepreneurship hub. Innovation incubator and cluster of 165 companies.

Open Agrifood: unique forum about agriculture, agri-food and responsible distribution and an innovation incubator.

Isabelle Desjardin Lavisse

« For an agri project, culture is threefold in Loire Valley Region. Culture in the productive sense: the vitality of the regional agricultural sector, resources that can be cultivated turned towards added value. A culture of manufacturing: with the presence of pillars of agri-food processing and distribution. A culture of sharing and innovation with multiple initiatives: Food Val de Loire in Blois and C2EI in Bourges, and the Isaac Newton centre in Henrichemont awarded the label of rural “Pôle d’Excellence” in food engineering! »

Isabelle Desjardin Lavisse
CEO Génialis - Ambassd’UP member

They chose the Loire Valley Region and invest

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