The figures talk for themselves

1st French region for beef production

2nd for pork production and poultry farming

1,076 firms and 47,940 jobs* in agrifood

*2nd French region for jobs

2,000 students and 400 researchers*

*in agrifood Source: IAA de 2015

26,400 jobs in agriculture

Source: Chambre d'agriculture des Pays de la Loire

19,840 farms and 3,200 bio farms

Source: Chambre d'agriculture des Pays de la Loire

Great business opportunities in the food and agrifood sectors

Bank on an efficient food industry value chain

Join Atlantic France’s top sector: 24% of the workforce is employed by the food industry. The region counts on many farms, world leading manufacturers and innovative start-ups, but also the newly built wholesale market MIN Nantes which is the second largest in France and provides an optimal efficiency to the agrifood value chain and logistics.

Grow your ideas and make your business flourish, bringing new value propositions to the food industry. Atlantic France offers fantastic business opportunities to all kinds of agriculture and food specialists, from those providing raw material to those transforming it into ready meals (meat, dairy, bakery, snack, etc.), including final packaging and food safety & control.

Explore new markets and meet the challenges of tomorrow

Take part in inventing the future of the food industry! In Atlantic France, we are exploring new markets, in particular in health & wellness nutrition. For example, if your company is in the microalgae and spirulina production, you can join our “blue cluster” and obtain financial or technical support to boost your development.

The demand for food is greater than ever, and innovation is key. If you are an innovative startup confronting the challenges of tomorrow, you can join the foodtech accelerator MIAM. You will benefit from dedicated support with the help of global food-processing companies based in Atlantic France such as LDC (Marie), Bigard (Charal), Lactalis Group (President), Yoplait, Sodebo, Brioche Fonteneau, etc.

Follow the move to smart and healthy eating

Adapt your business to new consumer trends in seeking a better quality of diet and eating smart. In Atlantic France, you can count on top-quality expertise in food processing, safety & traceability, and also eco-friendly packaging with the food packaging industrial cluster Ligepack.

The food and agrifood sector also offers great business opportunities because it opens doors to other sectors: be part of our success in smart manufacturing, industrial automation and digital transformation. Come join us in Atlantic France and take the food industry to the next level!


Leading names


Powerful networking and the right connections

Innovation clusters


N°1 network devoted to agri-food innovation/smart food.

Vegepolys Valley

The reference cluster for plants production respecting both environment and health, and fostering new technologies.

Business clusters


A support organisation for the development of regional food industry businesses.


An innovation network for childhood well-being with links to the food industry.

Innovation platforms

Cap Aliment

specialises in food innovation and brings together business, education, research, government and industry.


Provides a platform for manufacturers and researchers to collaborate on designing ecological solutions for tomorrow’s food packaging needs.


An organization serving manufacturers, bringing together companies in the robotics sector

Technocampus Alimentation

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to food industry


Technical Institute for food Industry


Research platforms


National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment


A pioneer in ocean science, IFREMER’s cutting-edge research is grounded in sustainable development and open science.

Academic resources

Academic resources

  • Oniris: Engineering school specializing in veterinary medicine, agrifood and food science – Nantes
  • ESA: Prestigious international institution specialized in the fields of Agriculture, Agronomy, Food Science, Viticulture, Environment, Supply chain and Marketing located in Angers, the principal agricultural and agri-food city.
  • ISTOM: Engineering school in Angers specialized in Agrifood project management in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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