Plant activities

Grain collection

Following harvest, oilseed grains (rapeseed, sunflower) are collected from farmers and stored under conditions to preserve their quality and enable their processing to be staggered throughout the year. Assured by cooperatives and trading firms in France, Avril is partly responsible for this collection in Romania through Expur.


47,6 % of the French collection
of oilseed and sunflower was processed by Avril in 2018

Avril subsidiaries involved in this activity:


This step is essential to valorizing oilseed grain within Avril.

Once collected, the rapeseed and sunflower grains are crushed in order to obtain vegetable oil on the one hand and oilseed meals on the other. Rich in vegetable proteins, these meals are used for livestock feeds. Raw or refined, the vegetable oils are exploited for use in human foods or for renewable chemistry. They can also be transformed into biodiesel – a renewable energy – and vegetable glycerin.

3.3 million
tons of grain processed by Avril in 2018

Avril subsidiaries involved in this activity:
Saipol, Expur, Kerfoot

Human foods

Avril is the leader in the production of table oils in France, Morocco and Romania. It is also a major player in the sector of mayonnaises, sauces and condiments.

Benefiting from emblematic brands such as Lesieur, Puget, ISIO 4, Fleur de Colza, Soléou, Guénard, Cristal, Al Horra or Bunica, etc., Avril can offer consumers a broad range of products that will meet their expectations in terms of flavor, origin and price, with particular attention being paid to quality.

78,4 million
The edible oils produced by Avril contribute to meeting the nutritional needs for lipids of 78,4 million people.

Avril subsidiaries involved in this activity: Lesieur, Lesieur Cristal, Expur, Oleosen, Cristal Tunisia, La Compagnie des Saveurs

Renewable energies

Using a transesterification process, it is also by using vegetable oils that Avril has been producing biodiesel, a biofuel for diesel vehicles, under the Diester® brand, for more than 20 years.

100% of diesel vehicles in France use Diester®

European leader in the production of biodiesel from oilseeds, the Group is a pioneer in renewable energies.

Avril subsidiaries engaged in this activity:Expur, Saipol

Renewable chemistry

Numerous everyday products use molecules resulting from the processing of vegetable oils and fats that Avril manufactures and sells to industry. These products are used by a broad range of sectors and industries: agrifood, hygiene and cosmetics, cleaning products, paints and coatings, etc.

Avril subsidiaries engaged in this activity : Oleon

These biosourced molecules, whose properties are regularly found to be better than those of fossil origin, participate in plant chemistry and renewables for the future. The Group is European leader in oleochemicals.  Avril is also active in the production of soaps in Morocco under the Taous and El Kef brands.

+ 10 million €
invested in R&D by Oleon