With its Oilseeds division and Animal Products division, Avril plays a major role in terms of nutrition through the production of vegetable oils, animal products and animal feed.
Improving sectors’ nutritional capacity
Avril's capacity to nourish is an intrinsic part of its mission and the primary purpose of the oils and proteins sector. To cope with a global challenge in terms of food and ever-greater protein and lipid requirements, the Group has made a commitment to provide large quantities of oils and animal products while carefully monitoring the quality of their production and nutritional value.
A commitment to both quantity and quality
Through its activity in the food industry, Avril helps to satisfy people's requirements in terms of lipids (vegetable oils) and proteins (animal products). It thus indirectly contributes to meeting protein requirements by producing animal feed for livestock. Avril has undertaken to develop this nutritional potential by fostering the growth of the sectors' farming resources: increased agricultural production, better crop yields, improved performance of livestock farms, etc.
As regards quality, the Group seeks through its innovations to constantly improve its products in terms of their nutritive value, organoleptic properties (taste, texture, etc.) and traceability. Examples of this are plentiful and include a balanced fatty acid profile in oils, the Bleu-Blanc-Cœur label guaranteeing the Omega 3 content of eggs and pork, a quality improvement approach for eggs and the traceability of rapeseed oil from seed to bottle.
The Group's organisation into sectors is a considerable asset in fulfilling this commitment. It allows the Group to select certain varieties of rapeseed to obtain oil with anti-oxidant properties, monitor hen feed so that birds produce premium eggs and improve the diet of cattle to increase the protein value of their meat.
Innovating to valorise vegetable protein
Given the world's increasing protein requirements in the coming decades, vegetable protein is an essential alternative to animal protein. One of the aims of the IMPROVE platform*, to which Avril actively contributes, is to make use of this vegetable protein, which mainly comes from oilseed plants (rapeseed, sunflowers) and pulses (peas, field beans, alfalfa, etc.) as food protein.
* Institut Mutualisé pour les PROtéines VEgétales (joint institute for vegetable proteins)