Developing national sectors


Avril is committed to assuring the growth of the vegetable oils and proteins sectors through the combined development of agricultural resources and national markets

A project to serve the regions

The Avril Group was set up at the initiative of farmers in order to guarantee local markets for their oilseed and protein crops. This commitment forms part of its historical activities and consists in developing agriculture in a region by deploying its industrial processing facilities that will enable the creation of value at the local, regional or national levels.

Ambitions in France and internationally

This objective has already been established in France, where more than half (56%) of its rapeseed and sunflower crops are processed by Avril’s industrial facilities. The Group has the same ambition at an international level. In Romania, 17% of oilseed production is processed by Avril; in Morocco, the aim is to encourage the cultivation of rapeseed, sunflower and olives throughout the country in the context of the Green Morocco Plan.  Avril is adopting the same approach regarding the development of peanut cultivation in Senegal.

In France, the Group also supports the local development of other sources of protein, such as 100% French soybean.

Benefits in terms of jobs and food security

By driving the growth of national sectors, Avril is contributing to reducing the dependency of the countries where it operates. For example, in France, the development of oilseed crops has enabled an increase in the production of oilseed meals for livestock feeds and hence a significant reduction in soybean imports. This policy of localized processing has several advantages; in particular, it can offer employment in units that are mainly based in rural areas and also improve traceability, thus enhancing the safety and quality of the products supplied to consumers.

Developing sectors through innovation

Research and innovation are strategic levers for the growth of national sectors. Even upstream, thanks to its links with technical centers such as Terres Inovia, Avril participates in improving the economic and environmental performance of farms. The Group also invests in major research programs through public-private partnerships (PPP), such as the Institute for Energy Transition P.I.V.E.R.T*, the first European center for research and innovation in plant chemistry. This Institute is currently constructing an oilseed biorefinery for the future, the aim being to exploit the whole plant under an industrial ecology approach.

* Picardie Innovations Végétales, Enseignements et Recherches Technologiques (Picardy Plant-based Innovations, Teaching and Technological Research)


Signature of the Duralim Charter

The French leader in animal nutrition through its subsidiary Sanders, in 2016 the Group signed the Duralim charter which promotes sustainable feeds for farmed livestock. Ensuring the quality, security and health safety of feeds, the recycling of by-products and precision feeding systems: Avril is involved in several areas covered by the Charter. A French origin is central to this approach, Avril's commitment being to achieve and sustain a use rate of more than 80% of French raw materials by its animal nutrition production units in France.


More French rapeseed = less imported soya

By developing the French rapeseed sector, notably through the production of biodiesel, Avril is contributing to reducing the country’s dependence on imported soybean. Increasing rapeseed production will indeed help to improve supplies of oilseed meals to feed farmed livestock. The result: French self-sufficiency in vegetable proteins for livestock feeds has increased from 23% during the 1980s to 55% at present, and imports have fallen accordingly.


Sustainable development goals in the Avril 2020 strategic plan

In Avril’s industrial facilities in France, to valorize 55% of the national oilseed harvest (as well as 23% of Romanian production in its plants in Romania and 27% of Senegalese production in its plants in Senegal). And to supply industrial facilities for livestock nutrition with more than 80% of French raw materials.