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13 Oct 2021

The various realities, and opportunities, of urban agriculture in France

Whether from a growing awareness of the environmental impact of food production, or the travel restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic that encouraged the consumption of locally grown foods, or even the various food industry scandals that are corroding trust... French consumers are looking to retake control of their food with a focus on local and minimally-processed products.   As a well-spring of development for a territory, urban agricultu…

29 Sep 2021

Sustainable packaging: let's sort it out!

In total, France produces five million tonnes of household packaging per year (source: ADEME). While 70% of household packaging is currently recyclable, this depends above all on the materials used: 100% of steel, 85% of glass, and 64% of paper/cardboard packaging are recycled, but in the case of plastic, only 28% of packaging is recycled (source: CITEO).   To move in the direction of sustainable development, to meet the expectations of consu…

28 Sep 2021

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence round-up for September

Sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health benefits, food formulations and processes, consumer behaviour, food safety...  Throughout the world, researchers are working on innovative solutions for tomorrow's food business.   The health benefits of insect protein, ingredient associations for boosting health, the discovery of a natural cyan blue colorant, recycling shrimp by-products for flavouring and nutritional ingredients, the diversity…

01 Sep 2021

Pulses: what are the barriers to boosting consumer demand?

Lentils, beans, chick peas... pulses are well known for their many benefits for the environment (nitrogen fixing, low greenhouse gas emissions etc.) and for our health (high in protein, low in fats...) - here is a quick overview of these points. Despite their positive press, consumption of pulses has fallen steeply in France (as it has in many Western countries) since the beginning of their 20th century, from 7.2kg/year/person in 1920 to 1.7…

29 Jun 2021

Food regulations: is Europe opening its doors to insects in human foods?

On January 13th, 2021 EFSA green-lit the sale of flour made from yellow mealworms in the EU. As expected, on June 1st, the EU Commission confirmed EFSA’s scientific opinion and authorized the first edible insect, dried yellow mealworm, to be placed on the European market.   This is a landmark decision by the EU commission, in support of Europe’s food safety body, and for some is a path for harmonising the patchy application of EU regulatio…

16 Jun 2021

Organic, GMO-free… How to guarantee the compliance of your agricultural supply chain?

French consumers are more and more concerned by the impact of their diets on their health and on the environment. According to a recent Kantar World Panel survey, 79% of French people fear that the food they eat is harmful to their health, and 67% say that they have changed their consumption habits due to environmental awareness. In the face of this evidence, several labels of quality are showing favour with consumers, for example regarding…

02 Jun 2021

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence round-up for June

Around the world, researchers in nutrition-health, taste, food safety and technologies are providing us with exciting advances.   Bioactive compounds of citrus fruits may be effective in combatting age-related cognitive decline. Research programs are investigating the origins of increasing food allergies. Sensory science is shedding new light on the sensation of astringency. A research group is studying the use of insect flour adapted for…

05 May 2021

Copycat: what can petfood learn from human food trends?

With 14 million cats, more than 7 million dogs (according to a 2018 Facco/Kantar report), and a few million fish, birds and other animals, at least half of all French households contain a pet.   From flexitarian to vegan, natural, gluten free… it is widely accepted that current human food trends are an expression of an overall movement towards hyperspecialized diets. But what about the petfood aisle of the supermarket? And what nutritional…

06 Apr 2021

Unlocking the power of mushrooms

Porcini, morels, chanterelles, truffles… our forests and woods are full of fungal epicurean delights. Mushrooms, "the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus", are eaten by French people at a rate of 1.5kg per person per year (source).   More than 100,000 different species of fungus have been identified, including a little over 1,100 edible varieties, and around 500 varieties are used for traditional medicine (source).   Outside…

24 Mar 2021

Food scoring apps in France, a threat or an opportunity for food brands?

NutriScore, Siga, Nova, Eco-score: for a number of years, food “scoring” systems and a number of apps that tabulate them have been addressing a dual expectation from French consumers – an expectation of transparency (to know more about the products they are buying) and a desire for simplification (to better understand the information found on packaging). While these scores are displayed on packaging on a voluntary basis, many consumers are b…

LE COVID-19 : INFORMATION IMPORTANTE

Compte-tenu des mesures prises par le gouvernement, concernant la situation sanitaire liée à la propagation du virus COVID-19, toutes les réunions physiques, manifestations, et visites en entreprise sont à nouveau suspendues à partir du vendredi 30 octobre 2020 à minima jusqu'au 1er décembre.

Cependant, tout comme lors du confinement de printemps, toute l’équipe Vitagora adopte des mesures de télétravail et reste entièrement disponible pour répondre à vos questions et demandes liées aux services et actions proposés par Vitagora.

Nous vous rappelons qu’une cellule de crise au sein de Vitagora liée à l’impact du COVID-19 sur l’activité de nos entreprises agroalimentaires régionales, en lien avec l’ANIA et les autorités régionales, est toujours en place.

Vous pouvez joindre cette cellule de crise pour toute demande relative à ce sujet au 06 72 39 66 96, Tom Vaudoux, ou par email, au elisabeth.lustrat@vitagora.com.

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