Availability and quality of raw materials?
The fruit of winning partnerships
“Bad weather is a bad weather that lasts”. Fruit and vegetable farmers all over the world are in the same boat and are sometimes hit hard by the consequences of bad weather. This year in France, the only supplier in the area for fruits of the orchard: the winter was excessively mild followed by a rainy spring, storms and hail in certain areas and consequently led to a significant decrease in the production of apricots, cherries and peaches. On Pacific shores, El Niño also had a terrible impact on harvests. “A harvest never goes by the book”, explains Christine Sarzier, in charge of the purchasing department.
To deal with the global climate phenomenon and their consequences on the markets, sourcing of raw materials is priority one at Les vergers Boiron as its essential to guarantee the availability of products, the consistency expected by customers and cost control.
Les vergers Boiron has always established long-term “win-win’ partnerships with producers to secure supplies in high quality raw materials and support producers’ activity.
Les vergers Boiron negotiate volumes and costs before harvest and from one year to another, thus guaranteeing their partner’s purchase prices calculated on the cost price and not only on market prices. This sustainable relationship which Christine Sarzier describes as “proximity fair trade” enables Les vergers Boiron to be first in the queue in front of other industrialists and benefit from better quality products.
Moreover, Les vergers Boiron constantly adjust their supplies through international sourcing. They diversify production zones to secure volumes while maintaining their quality requirements. A subtle balance managed by a dedicated team that monitors and tracks markets worldwide to anticipate the volatility of production volumes.