Plant production: Bioplants aims to double its production of organic aromatic herbs

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The company Bioplants, specialised in organic aromatic herbs, recently moved its production site to Les-Ponts-de-Cé, near Angers, in the Atlantic France region. With its new facilities, the horticultural company hopes to double its production so it can grow 6 million organic aromatic herb plants per year. 

Subsidiary of the Swiss family business Max Schwarz, founded in 1929, Bioplants now counts on 12 employees and achieves an annual turnover of €2.7 million. Established in the Atlantic France region in 2010, the company produces and sells its products to supermarkets and specialised retailers under the brand name “Tout frais tout bio”.

A new production site near Angers

The specialist in organic aromatic herbs in pots, grown without pesticides or chemical inputs, moved in Spring 2021 to a new production site located in Les-Ponts-de-Cé, in the Atlantic France region. In those bigger facilities, the company now has 4,000 sqm of logistics buildings and 15,000 sqm of greenhouses built by the public company Alter Eco. The investment represents €8.7 million.

This way, the company hopes to double its production that customers can find in the fruit and vegetable section of many supermarkets. It plans to sell 6 million pots which include about 20 varieties of aromatic plants per year. 

Innovative agriculture

We are market gardeners but we are inspired by the industry. We cannot oppose agriculture and technology if we want to get an organic, eco-designed and high-quality production that is affordable” explains Angel Rodriguez, manager of Bioplants, in the newspaper Ouest France. That is why the new production site is entirely automated and equipped with innovative farming tools: climate control system, thermal screens and digitised production equipment. 

Atlantic France offers a dynamic business environment in the sector of plant production and use, and Angel Rodriguez quotes many good reasons to set up its production in the region: weather conditions, agricultural expertise, strong economic and demographic growth, and its proximity to Paris. 

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