The area of Surgères has always had a remarkable energy within the food processing industry. The first French milk co-operative was founded here in 1888. This co-operative still thrives, it is today one of the leading companies in the Poitou-Charentes region. Through Agripolis, the accredited Centre of rural Excellence, the tradition is carried on by offering new opportunities to the Communauté de Communes de Surgères (which combines 10 rural districts into one entity).

 

Agripolis was formed around the demands of the milk and cereal industries along with the training, research and development structures of the food processing industry : ENILIA-ENSMIC (College for the milk and food process industries - College for the flour-milling and cereal industries), Actilait (technical institute for the milk and dairy products), and ARVALIS - Institut du végétal(technical institute in charge of applied research on arable and forage crops).

The goal, throughout this Centre of rural excellence, is to attract companies involved in the research and development of the food industry and so to generate employment. This new energy will profit all in creating an innovative economic development platform with great potential.

 

Thanks to the € 3.2 million already invested by the private and public sectors, further interest in Agripolis has been shown by an increased number within these sectors. Also, everything has been done and will be done in order to attract and welcome new initiatives, new talents and new companies within the food processing industry.

Our first success : in the pursuit of excellence has been the setting up of an Experimental Mill. It is the only experimental and research tool of its kind in the world which is at the disposal of both professionals and lecturers.

This is only the beginning !

Guy BEUGNON
President of the Communauté de Communes de Surgères.

 
 

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