Savéol has developed a range without pesticides for its tomatoes and complied with the requirements of the Agec ban from January 1st, 2022 by creating 100% cardboard packaging. The cooperative based in Brittany will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary and has invested 1.6 million euros [1.9 million USD] in its insect farm Savéol Nature: an extension of 1,200 m² to support the growth of the organic range and the production without pesticides.
Created in 1983 to reduce the use of phytosanitary products, Savéol Nature now has a revenue of 2.3 million euros [2.7 million USD]. The insects are sold to producers of the cooperative, as well as producers on the outside.
“The demand is growing and this investment will help us meet this demand even better,” explains Pierre-Yves Jestin, president of the cooperative.
Savéol is the only European producer to have integrated the production of auxiliary insects. The cooperative wants to develop new auxiliaries to protect strawberries from aphids.