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Agro-industries in Midi-Pyrenees or how to create recipes for success.

Presentation

Agro-industries in Midi-Pyrenees reflect the region’s extensive agricultural potential. The agricultural sector is characterized by a wide geographical presence and a rich diversity of production.

Midi-Pyrenees can boast an excellent quality image, due in part to the reputation of southwest France as well as the involvement of agricultural players in quality processes. Midi-Pyrenees is the leading region for products with quality and origin certification.

Businesses in the food processing sector in Midi-Pyrenees are characterized by:

  • Major groups with global reach
  • Dynamic SMEs with national impact
  • A strong presence of agricultural cooperatives
  • A dense network of VSE-SMEs: 75% of companies have fewer than 20 employees

In Midi-Pyrenees, the producers and manufacturers cover all links of the agro-industrial chain, from seeds to food and non-food processing. We can thus distinguish three strategic sectors:

Food processing industries

Alongside the main segments - Meat, Dairy and Fruits/Vegetables, accounting for 68% of jobs - coexist segments that have given rise to national leaders, including Andros, Biscuits Poult, Menguy’s, Nutrition et Santé...

Breakdown of revenuesby segment (K€)

Breakdown of revenues by segment (K€)

Midi-Pyrenees has a rich gourmet tradition based on world-renowned quality products such as foie gras, black truffles of Quercy, Roquefort cheese, saffron, Porc Noir de Bigorre, and Armagnac

… as well as a strong commitment to producing some thirty quality wines (AOC, IGP designations), main examples being Côtes de Gascogne, Cahors, Gaillac, Comté Tolosan, Saint-Mont, Madiran and Fronton.

Agro-supplies

The Midi-Pyrenees region benefits from the presence of highly dynamic players in the field of agro-supply, including major international seed companies (Biogemma, Monsanto, Pioneer, Syngenta...) and recognized agricultural companies and cooperatives (Caussade Semences, RAGT, Vivadour...).

This seed industry handles research, production and marketing of field crops worldwide.

The region owes its leadership position to the quality of its soil, favorable climatic conditions, water resources, the expertise of professionals and a strong link with public research entities (genetics and plant breeding).

Non-Food, Value-Added Agricultural Byproducts

The term “Non-food value-added agricultural byproducts” designates all non-food uses of plant or animal resources.

Midi-Pyrenees has long experience in the field of non-food value-added agricultural byproducts. The region has one of the strongest commitments to chemistry research into agricultural resources at the national level: private players such as Laboratoires Pierre Fabre work alongside major industrial groups such as Seppic and Euralis Coopéval and young innovative, efficient companies which are developing solutions for the future.


Key figures

Agriculture et Agro-industries:
  • leading industrial employer in Midi-Pyrenees with over 80,000 jobs
  • 4,019 establishments including 871 industrial businesses
  • 25,600 employees
  • €5 billion in revenue and 10% of the region’s industrial added value
  • Nearly 21 million consumers within a 300 km radius of Toulouse

Midi-Pyrénées is ...

  • The leading French region for:
    • Organic agriculture (in number of farms and cultivated hectares)
    • Production of soybean, sorghum, durum wheat, garlic seeds
    • Jam-production
    • Collection of ewe’s milk (66% of national volumes) and manufacture of ewe’s milk products (65% of national production)
    • Manufacture of salt-cured meat products (ham, sausages, etc.)
  • The 2nd French region for:
    • The number of products under quality labels: 120 references
    • The production of goose and duck foie gras, 35% and 21% of national volumes, respectively


Key players

Businesses

Agribusinesses with over 20 employees in Midi-Pyrenees Sources: Top Economique, MPE
Map: DRAAF Midi-Pyrénées/CLAP 2010-SSP/Fonds/©IGN-GEOFLA
3A Coop
The leading dairy cooperative in greater southwest France

Société des Caves et Producteurs Réunis de Roquefort
World leader in the production of Roquefort cheese

RAGT
R&D, production and marketing of field crop seeds

Euralis Gastronomie
Leading worldwide producer and exporter of foie gras

Andros
Top French jam maker

Unicor
Agricultural cooperative group

Nutrition et Santé
Europe’s number 1 in the health and organic food market

Vivadour
Agricultural cooperative group

Biscuits Poult
Leading producer of distributor brand biscuits and cookies

Raynal et Roquelaure
Canned food and pre-cooked dishes


Competitiveness cluster and enterprise networks

Agri Sud Ouest Innovation, agricultural and agro-industrial competitiveness cluster of southwestern France
ARIA Midi-Pyrénées, Regional food industries association
Coop de France Midi-Pyrénées, Regional federation of food and agricultural cooperatives
InterBio Midi-Pyrénées, Professional association serving the sector and organic operators
CACG, Agribusiness Delegation of the Pyrenees

Stakeholders in quality and promotion of products

Bannière "Sud-Ouest France" for the promotion of agro-food industries in Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrenees
Cluster Midi-Pyrénées Saveurs, for the development of the food for pleasure sector
Irqualim, Midi-Pyrenees Regional Food Quality Institute
Saveurs des Pyrénées, professional association of artisanal producers to promote and market Pyrenean products
SISQA, food and quality products trade fair


Training, research and development

5 areas of excellence in Midi Pyrenees

  • Public health and healthy foods
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Chemistry of agricultural resources
  • Process engineering
  • Environmental and market economics

Institutions

Toulouse Agri-campus: center of expertise in agronomy and veterinary sciences.
4 universities: UT1 Capitole, UT2 Le Mirail, UT3 Paul Sabatier, INPT (ENSAT, EI Purpan, ENVT, ENSIACET)
4 prestigious Grand Ecole graduate schools: INSA, ENFA, EMAC, Toulouse Business School
118 secondary schools and higher education institutions covering 21 careers in agriculture and food processing.
2 Scientific and technological research centers: INRA, CNRS Midi-Pyrénées


Transfer of technology

- Skills center:
Génopôle, PA3S - Food Hygiene and Health division, Toxalim - Food toxicology division, Terre Vivante et Espace, Toulouse Tech Transfer and its food processing/agriculture cluster

- Pre-industrialization platforms:
TWB - Toulouse White Biotechnology, DecidAIE

- Technical institutes:
Livestock institute, IFV, IFIP, Arvalis, CEFEL, CETIOM...

- Technical centers:
CRT CATAR-CRITT Agro-resources/AGROMAT, [CRT-CRITT Automation>http://www.critt.net/httpdocs/auto_pres.htm], CRT-CRITT Bio-industries, CRT-CRITT Process engineering - Environmental technologies, CTCPA-CRITT Food processing, Meat and Salt meat technological platform

Sources: Toulouse Agri Campus, INSEE, Rector of the Academy of Toulouse, Toulouse University, MPE