Upstream agricultural activities
The Bonduelle group's involvement in the upstream aspect of its agricultural sector is an integral part of the company's DNA and its agronomic organisation is one of the fundamental aspectsmaking it "the world reference in 'living well' through vegetable products".Sustainable farming is a genuine challenge for Bonduelle.
The land is the group's primary working tool. Aware of the challenges which faces it, every day the company undertakes to produce good quality vegetables, accessible to all, by reconciling the economic and social challenges of an active farming method that respects the planet.
Every year, more than 3,500 vegetable farmers around the world sign a contract with the Bonduelle Group, which helps to maintain and develop lasting relationships. Most of the time, this contract is renewed automatically and Bonduelle registers a turnover of less than 5% in this field, thanks to its partners' loyalty. This represents 16 years on average on a global level and 20 years in France.
This permanent work and the on-going exchanges with farmers come in a great variety of forms because, according to the products and the farming regions, they occur directly viafarmer organisations, federations or cooperatives. In Canada, Russia and Spain, Bonduelle also uses auto-production (7% of total surface areas).
Bonduelle et le programme des fermes-pilotes
Bonduelle and its partners are increasing the number of pilot projects to promote farming which favors natural regulation methods and mechanisms close to those found in nature. The group runs a network of pilot farms in Germany, Canada, Spain, Russia and France, notably in Nord-Picardie . In this region an experiment was begun six years ago on the growing of vegetables in open fields.
In 2013, the eight pilot farms were able to reduce their phytosanitary product treatment frequency indicator (TFI) by 17% compared with 2007. This significant decrease is due to alternating mechanical and chemical weeding techniques, combined with strategic land management. The pilot farm system continues to be rolled out.