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Foie gras is a delicacy made from the fatty liver of duck or goose. However, several nations, including Italy, ban its production. Animals are fed "gavage" to obtain foie gras, which is a tube that continuously feeds the animal with fatty meals to expand the size of the liver. An estimated 80% of the world's production takes place in France alone, producing more than 20 thousand tons each year. Because it involves significant pain in animals, foie gras is one of the most contested animal meals in the world. Animal welfare organizations around the world have long campaigned to stop the production of foie gras; in Italy, the Stop foie gras campaign by "Essere Animali" helped ban its sale in supermarkets.

Despite recent restrictions on production and distribution in some countries (including New York and California), the foie gras market was valued at $1168.7 million in 2020 and is expected to reach $1198.8 million by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 1.8% from 2021 to 2028, according to the latest market research.

In Italy, as mentioned above, production but not import and trade is banned, but with several restrictions to reduce its consumption; today in Italy foie gras is not available in any supermarket but can still be purchased in online stores of typical products and freely tasted in restaurants. it is a food that in Italy costs approximately 80-100 euros per kilo, a price marked by the difficulties of consumption and not affordable for all citizens.

After the official ban on foie gras issued in New York, which came into effect in 2022, the production of foie gras certainly needs more ethical production.

Here comes from Toulouse, a study by researchers who would produce foie gras using bacteria to enlarge the liver of geese, thus avoiding forced fattening. The process is very expensive and would lead to a significant increase in production costs, but it would avoid practices banned in more globalized countries.

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  • Breakdown of foie gras production
  • Size of the foie gras market
  • Value of imports of meat and edible offal; of geese, fatty livers, fresh or chilled
  • Value of imports of meat and edible offal; duck, fatty livers (foie gras), fresh or chilled
  • Covid-19 impact on imports of meat and edible offal; duck, fatty livers, fresh or chilled
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Latest news

Labeyrie to close its Boulogne-sur-Mer plant - 25/11/2023
  • At the end of October, Labeyrie's plant in Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais), which has been in operation since 2013, announced its intention to cease operations for good.
  • Specialized in the manufacture of sushi for the supermarket sector
  • Market downturn and a decline in sales of over 60% between 2020 and 2022.
  • An accumulation of difficulties
  • A fire in 2019 ravaged the production workshop
  • Labeyrie, headquartered in the Landes region of France, employs 2,300 people in France.
Foie gras producers shaken by repeated crises - 25/08/2023
  • Labeyrie is the leader in volume (22% market share) and value (30%) in the foie gras sector.
  • Ducs de Gascogne's foie gras business has fallen from 20% to 10% since 2017
  • Historic 33% drop in foie gras production by 2022
  • The Gers département accounts for 10% of foie gras volumes
  • Pays de la Loire supplies 70% of ducklings to French breeders
  • Almost 70% of foie gras sales take place in November and December
  • 400.000 ducks to go missing following the resurgence of avian influenza in May
  • One million palmipeds slaughtered since May due to return of avian influenza
  • Almost 90% of duck breeding stock decimated by avian flu crisis
  • Sales of Canards d'Auzan down from 80 to 55 million euros in 2022
  • Lafitte's volumes halved in 2022, bringing sales down to 19 million euros from 30 million in 2021
Euralis discontinues sales of crop protection products and focuses on new crops - 21/01/2023
  • Sales of 1.6 billion euros 9,000 farmers in South-West France, including 6,500 members
  • Agreement with Pernod Ricard to supply corn for Jameson Irish whiskey
  • Ambition to have 75% of plant production under contract by 2025
  • Cessation of sales of crop protection products (EVV 200 employees with sales of 40 million euros, specializing in viticulture, and Distrialis, 20 employees with sales of 20 million euros, specializing in field crops)
Les foies gras Feyel & Artzner adapt their production - 02/01/2023
  • 40% goose and 70% duck production
  • 80 employees
Euralis: sales up 15% e - 13/12/2022
  • The next financial year will be heavily impacted by avian flu, which caused the Group to lose 1.8M ducks and almost 700,000 chickens this year
  • Second place for the de Montfort brand in the foie gras market
STB, Euralis Group, relies on its Traiteur quality brand to move upmarket - 07/07/2022
  • After two years of R&D, STB, the Euralis Group entity dedicated to charcuterie and delicatessen products, has revamped its brand dedicated to fresh packaged foods in supermarkets
  • Qualité Traiteur is dedicated to the fresh-packed delicatessen section of supermarkets
  • Euralis Group entity launches new "c'est 6 bon de bien manger" initiative
  • STB expects sales to rise by 11% to €200m by 2021-2922
  • STB employs 1,000 people at its three production sites

Companies quoted in this study

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Valette Foie Gras
Feyel Artzner
Pré aux Canards
Maison Sudreau
Maison Paris
Maison Catusse
Les Délices de Saint-Orens, Ferme de Jeansarthe
Les Délices d'Auzan 5ITM Intermarché)
Lafitte Foie Gras

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