Avril’s DNA is to place its know-how at the service of structuring agricultural production according to a sectoral model by helping its partners to improve their response to demands from society. Through its commitment to valorizing the French Farm, Avril also plays a structuring role in national livestock sectors.



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 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.

In France, the rape seeds and sunflower seeds which are processed by Avril’s plants are for the most part of French origin. The raw materials of French origin used for the production of feed for animals exceed 80%.

Avril has the same ambition at an international level. In Romania, 90% of the seeds which are processed by the Group originate from the country. 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.

Avril is also involved in structuring the French soybean sector and aims to structure an olive oil sector in Italy and around the Mediterranean basin as well.

By driving the growth of national sectors, Avril contributes to reducing the dependency on imports of the countries within it operates. In France for instance, the development of oilseed crops has enabled an increase in the production of meals for livestock feeds, hence reducing significantly the importations of soybean.



Through Sofiprotéol, its finance and development arm, Avril is committed to supporting the structuring and development of agricultural and agrifood sectors.​ As a manager of agricultural funds, Sofiprotéol’s mission is to support all actors in its sectors in order to reinforce each link in the value chain. Investment decisions are taken by Commitment Committees that represent the interests of different stakeholders in the sectors. Sofiprotéol thus provides support for more than a hundred companies employing 110,000 people. https://www.sofiproteol.com/en/




Avril's supplier code of conduct
Through this Code, in the context of its relations with suppliers, Avril aims to integrate the principles of sustainable development and promote values that correspond to its social and societal ethic.
The Code testifies to the Group’s desire to sustain relationships with its suppliers that are based on mutual trust and respect, and to share responsible practices.
CSR supplier assessment


In 2018, Avril launched a supplier assessment program, based on EcoVadis methodology. Oleon is the first subsidiary to implement the program, beginning with a first assessment phase of over 100 suppliers by the end of 2019.


Palm oil: a dedicated policy

Palm oil is used in some of Avril’s industrial activities; therefore the Group has adopted a specific policy in this respect. In its Sustainable Palm policy, published at the end of 2016, Avril undertook only to use “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” palm oil, whose cultivation does not destroy forests or peat deposits and respects the rights of workers and local communities. The NGO Earthworm Foundation assits Avril in implementing this policy ; Avril has been RSPO member since 2016.





See our Palm Oil Policy document

See our 2018 Report on progress of our Palm Oil Policy

Soybean : a “zero deforestation” commitment via the Duralim initiative

Avril has its roots in the ambition of the French agricultural world to reduce its dependency on soybean imports. Since its inception, the structuration and strengthening of a lasting and competitive French industrial oilseed sector has enabled an increase in the production of oilseed meals for livestock feeds and therefore a significant reduction in soybean imports.

Avril and its subsidiary Sanders are involved in Duralim since its launch. Duralim is a collective approach to the sustainability of animal feeds which in early 2018 made a public commitment to “zero deforestation” supplies.




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.


Revival of the soybean sector in France

For several years now, Sofiprotéol has been working to restore a 100% French soybean sector through the creation and funding of soybean crushing facilities in this country. In close collaboration with seed firms and technical institutes, Sofiprotéol is involving a range of actors in the soybean sector (agricultural cooperatives, cattle feed manufacturers, industry) in this project. The success of this operation has notably given rise to the installation of 25,000-tonne crushing units in Châlons-sur-Saône (eastern France), and then in Vic-en-Bigorre (south-western France), under a project that associates Sofiprotéol, Sanders and Euralis. The cultivation of soybean has thus climbed gradually to reach more than 150,000 ha in 2018. Sofiprotéol also supports a future production unit for soybean protein-based food ingredients in Burgundy. As well as its economic and social benefits, soybean cultivation can break the monoculture of maize, and its lower irrigation needs enable a reduction in the amount of water used. The challenge for this French soybean sector is particularly important as it will help to satisfy the need for protein in the human diet.



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.



To find out more about the way Avril creates value to the benefit of the sectors, check Avril’s Annual Report or visit the online version on https://rapportannuel.groupeavril.com/en