The Avril group, encompassing within its scope all the activities of oilseeds and protein crop processing, from seed to plate, is fully mobilized to guarantee the supply of edible oils to French households as well as to satisfy, more globally, the requirements of its industrial, livestock farmer, and consumer clients, in accordance with its mission of feeding people and animals.
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Edible oils: Avril, having adopted the French farm approach with its Lesieur brand, sourcing exclusively from French farmers, will continue to produce its traditional products, including Isio4, and Coeur de Tournesol, etc., all of which are made from 100% French seeds. In this respect, the Group wishes to reassure our consumers that their favorite oil will be available on the shelves of supermarkets.
Drawing on its know-how, its understanding of the market, and its relationships within the agricultural sector, the Group is also working to identify the best possible alternatives to imported oils used for private labels and the food service industry. In line with its position as market leader in edible oils, the Group makes every effort to meet the demand for food, regardless of the obstacles involved.
Animal nutrition: the entire sector is being seriously challenged by the significant increases in raw material prices and production costs that are unsustainable for the French animal feed sector, as well as by the supply disruptions for certain essential animal feed products. Confronted with the seriousness of the situation for the French livestock industry, Avril and its Sanders brand are rallying the public authorities to obtain the rapid implementation of regulatory and financial measures enabling the effects of the crisis to be mitigated for livestock farmers and to ensure the availability of raw material compatible with the various animal productions.
Renewable energies: Avril and its Saipol business unit, processing more than half of the French oilseed and protein crop harvest, are constantly monitoring the situation with their clients and partners in order to secure all their needs. With a significant reserve of oilseeds intended for energy use, Saipol already decided to direct all its sunflower oil production towards the food market in order to ensure the continuity of supply to industrialists, in particular to Lesieur.
According to Jean-Philippe Puig, CEO of Avril: "The current events are taking place within a context that has already seen a sharp rise in agricultural raw material over the past year. These events remind us of the importance of the supply of food and the key role of the French agricultural sector in the autonomy of our supplies. At Avril, we have been doing our part for nearly 40 years, by promoting French agricultural products. We shall continue with determination in this direction, for it is together, by developing our agricultural production, that we shall strengthen the food, agricultural, and energy sovereignty of the European continent. This is a top priority driving us forward on a daily basis, in line with our purpose, Serving the Earth."