Better human nutrition is one of Avril's sustainable development commitments. This means we constantly improve the quality and quantity of our product range. A major player in this sector, Lesieur signed a voluntary nutritional progress commitment charter in 2010 with the government under the PNNS (National Health Nutrition Programme), setting specific goals to achieve within three years. Today, 100% of those goals have been achieved, including boosting the nutritional profile of products. With inventions including ISIO 4, the first blended oil boasting significantly more Omega 3, Lesieur continually invests in research in order to combine culinary changes with scientific developments.
Lesieur strives to constantly improve the quality, safety, nutritional value and practicality of our products. Our research and innovation efforts are focused on five main areas:
- Impact of lipid nutrition on health
The aim of joint programmes with research bodies such as INRA and CNRS is to improve our understanding of the health benefits of lipid nutrients, including in relation to major topics such as brain function, the cardiovascular system and digestive health.
- Oilseed extraction and refining processes
In our sector, the development of increasingly innovative technology aims to preserve the micronutrients and intrinsic qualities of oils (taste, smell and colour) while ensuring they are safe for consumption.
- New raw ingredients
Research into new oilseed crop varieties opens the way for new uses: specific health benefits, greater heat resistance, etc. Lesieur carries out this research in partnership with seed companies.
- Packaging of the future
Creating lighter packaging, using better materials, developing recycled packaging and studying new features to boost practicality: packaging is a key innovation area for Lesieur.
- Sharper product analysis
Lesieur is developing innovative methods to boost our understanding of mechanisms (alteration, deterioration and evolution) in order to constantly maximise quality and composition throughout our products' life.