Policy of Quality & Social Responsibilities

Quality policy and social & environmental commitment

Agribio Union, organic co-op

Organic Farming, the pillar of our commitment

Organic Farming is an alternative agricultural system that involves best environmental practices, respect for biodiversity and preservation of natural resources, as defined by stringent specifications. For field crops, this mode of production prohibits the use of chemical fertilisers, GMO seeds or chemical pesticides.

Managing quality to satisfy customers’ demands

Created in 2003, our Quality Department is responsible for implementing the Analytical Monitoring Plan, as well as enforcing the ISO 9001 standard and the HACCP plan. Grain is controlled, analysed and traced all along the production and supply chain from the field to the customer.

Every year, the whole staff on every site is trained on storage and preservation procedures for human foodstuff and animal feed, as well as on applicable regulations, sanitary practices and quality control.

Social & Environmental Responsibility to improve our practices

AGRIBIO UNION has gradually committed to an approach of Social and Environmental Responsibility (SER).

The co-operative and the values it upholds, such as organic farming and desire to improve producers pratices and storage operations , are the driving forces for the sustainable development for AGRIBIO UNION.

A commitment reflected by several labels and certifications:

Labels of Agribio Union, organic sunflower producer

Production Management and Traceability

Our focus: production monitoring and quality management

Agribio Union, organic co-op
Managing production from the field to the silo

Every year, AGRIBIO UNION updates its production plan and sets up its 40 types of crops over its entire territory.

The purpose is both to limit climate-related risks and to offer crop diversity adapted to the characteristics of each farm.

Identity Preserved grains

Identity Preserved crops are made up of all our productions that are contractually bound to customers within specific partnerships and for specific purposes.

An AGRIBIO UNION operator is dedicated for co-ordinating the implementation of these productions on farm, and maintaining the traceability of produce and the technical follow-up of land plots in relation to customer specifications.

Watch this video of an interview with Frédéric LEPAGE, Facility Manager at BARCELONNE-DU-GERS (32)

Innovating techniques for 100% organic storage facilities

The innovating techniques of Agribio Union, organic sunflower producer
Efficient
sorting
Innovating
equipment
The innovating techniques of Agribio Union, organic sunflower producer
The innovating techniques of Agribio Union, organic sunflower producer
Cold
storage

Thermal
insulation

The innovating techniques of Agribio Union, organic sunflower producer
The innovating techniques of Agribio Union, organic sunflower producer
Pest control / Deep freezing
  • Efficient sorting with appropriate cleaning facilities (rotating & flat cleaner-separators, optic sorter, densimetric table [gravity separator], stone remover, alveolar sorter)
  • Innovating equipment limiting grain breakage
  • Multiple usage sites for better operational flexibility
  • Managing products types mixing – gluten-free production
  • Thermal insulation of storage cells and implementation of refrigeration units
  • Thermal pest control / Deep freezing
  • Drying at low-temperature to preserve the quality of certain types of produce

Map showing locations of facilities

Specialised Technical Support

A service dedicated to providing agronomic expertise to producers

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In total, a staff of 11 field advisors support producers daily

Implementing productions with systematic crop rotations

Advice on organic farming compliant input  referenced by AGRIBIO UNION

Individual and specific technical follow-up for organic field crops operations

Working out appropriate technical process

On average, 5 visits per year per producer, for a total of almost 5,000 visits per year

Contracts signed upstream, and follow-up of supply-chain specifications

Innovation & Development

Innovations to reinforce technical support

Agribio Union, organic co-op

 

  • Experimentation and implementation of new varieties
  • Testing and adapting new crops
  • Testing new equipment (tillage, mechanical weeding, etc.)
  • Analysing the efficiency of organic fertilisation
  • Building a network of 30 pilot farms to collect and assess technical and economical references for organic field-crop systems since 2011
Technical support from Agribio Union, organic sunflower producer
New
varieties

New
crops

Technical support from Agribio Union, organic sunflower producer
Technical support from Agribio Union, organic sunflower producer
New
equipment
Evaluation
of inputs
Technical support from Agribio Union, organic sunflower producer
Technical support from Agribio Union, organic sunflower producer
Pilot
farms