Agri-food in Dunkirk area
Frances’s leading agricultural region
Agri food companies in the region
Jobs in the food industry in Hauts-de-France region
Millions of consumers with high purchasing power within a radius of 300 km
A sector with a long-standing history in the Dunkirk Area
The agri-food industries sector on the Hauts-de-France coastline boasts 14,000 jobs and many of the sector’s biggest stakeholders. This strong industrial focus plays a part in the employment of 102,500 workers in the territory, representing almost 28% of the region’s jobs (a figure higher than the national average).
Excellent companies in this sector based in the territory:
Dunkirk’s panorama is marked by the presence of major groups, such as Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), the Avril group which owns Lesieur Coudekerque-Branche and Générale Condimentaire, Cémoi, Barry Callebaut and Délifrance… but also SMEs that have seen huge growth over the years such as Goëland Marée, Biscuiterie Dunkerquoise, Flandr’œufs, Novepan, Espitalier Garcia and Appétit Marine (Sofipêche).
It is also home to foreign-funded companies such as HSWT (the Netherlands), Ryssen Alcools (Germany) as well as Pomuni France and Agrifreez, Charcuterie des Flandres (Locks).
Browse this page to discover all the expertise you can find in the Hauts-de-France region and the ADVANTAGES the Dunkirk territory offers when it comes to setting up your agri-food business.
Explore some of the main local stakeholders in the agri-food sector.
Located in Socx since 1989, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners is an important site for the group:
> It employs around 400 people.
> It is the most important of Coca-Cola’s 5 production sites in France.
> The group’s most versatile site, it produces multiple formats for 10 brands.
Lesieur emerges in 1908 in Coudekerque-Branche near Dunkirk with the construction of its first oil production plant. Lesieur is now a subsidiary of the Avril group, a major stakeholder in the agri-food industry. The company has two sites in Dunkirk:
> Lesieur, specialising in refining rapeseed, sunflower, peanut, soybean and corn oil. The plant produces almost 170 million litres per year for both the wider public and professionals. It employs around 210 people.
> Lesieur Général Condimentaire, which produces sauces and condiments for large retailers and professionals. The site employs around 110 people.
Located in Bourbourg, the Cemoi chocolate factory was founded in 1921. It has belonged to the Cémoi Group since 2004.
The site employs around 730 people and has 12 production lines. It manufactures goods for two different markets:
> B2B: for professionals, chocolatiers and bakers.
> B2C: for end consumers (including a large number of private label brands).
> Its flagship products are confectionery goods: mini chocolate bars, chocolate balls, chocolate bars, and, at the end of the year, Christmas truffles and chocolates.
Belonging to the Nutrixo group, Délifrance is a French industrial bread and pastry brand founded in 1983.
> Created in 1994, the Dunkirk site (formerly “Krabansky”) has belonged to the group since 2013.
> The site mainly produces pre-baked bread and baguettes for professional use.
> It employs around 200 people.
Novepan is a company specialising in breadmaking, snacks and frozen pizza for professional needs. The company comes up with all its own products across its five sites in France and uses flour from mills located close to its production sites.
> Opened in 1988, the Grande-Synthe plant specialises in sheets of pizza dough (a capacity for 3,500 tonnes per year) and ready-rolled dough with a capacity for 3,000 tonnes per year.
> The site has a cookery workshop with a capacity for 2,000 tonnes per year.
> It employs around 90 people.
The Hauts-de-France, France’s leading agricultural region
With its diverse agriculture, range of training courses (unique in France) and even its lead in the development of agro-resources, the Hauts-de-France region has firmly taken its place as France’s leading agricultural region.
Take a look for yourself:
- 2.1 million hectares of useful agricultural surface area
- 27,400 farming businesses
- Larger farming businesses (78.5 ha on average) than the national average (55 ha on average)
- 67% of the regional territory is used for agriculture,
- 130,000 jobs, including 53,000 salaried jobs in the agri-food industry.
The potato kings
In this region, the potato reigns supreme! Almost 2 out of 3 potatoes are produced in the Hauts-de-France region.
Here are some facts about the sector in the region:
- 5,800 producers
- 15 to 20 tonnes of French fries are produced every hour at McCain in Harnes (Pas-de-Calais)
- Almost 200 different varieties
- Internationally recognized expertise which exports very well, particularly to the United Kingdom.
In the Dunkirk area, you will find:
- Pomuni, a potato supplier and producer of frozen potato goods for retailers, wholesalers and catering services.
- Agrifreez, a specialist in frozen vegetable production and packaging.
- Clarebout Potatoes, a family business producing French fries and other frozen potato goods, will soon open a new production site near Dunkirk.
THE ADVANTAGES OF DUNKIRK FOR THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR
REASON No. 1
The access to a vast catchment area
- At the heart of the Paris-Brussels-London triangle, Northern Europe and the United Kingdom
- Five European capitals in a 300 km radius and 78 million consumers with a strong purchasing power
- At the heart of networks with a long coastline
- At the heart of France’s third agri-food region (the Hauts-de-France) and France’s leading foodstuff exporter
REASON No. 2
A vast network of skills available in the local area
- A vast network of research and development bodies, schools and partners that contribute to the innovative dynamic from Lille to Dunkirk.
- The Border Inspection Office (SIVEP) undertakes veterinary and phytosanitary inspections upon import and export in the port area.
- Available, qualified labour with an industrial culture.
REASON No. 3
100% multimodal territory
Setting up your company in Dunkirk means you benefit from fluid and diverse transport infrastructures: road, sea, river and rail routes give you comprehensive multimodality, thereby improving your carbon footprint.
REASON No. 4
A network of specialised subcontractors in the local area
The number of subcontractors in the area is an argument widely used by company directors in the Dunkirk region. These subcontractors ensure agri-food companies are constantly producing and provide them with a rapid response. Such specialised subcontracting makes it simple for agri-food companies to grow.
REASON No. 5
Land available for new projects
- Agropark, a future business park has 18.5 ha of land available for agri-food businesses.
- The Dunkirk International Logistics area (DLI) has a 150 ha surface area where you can store dried goods and merchandise under controlled temperatures.
- The Hauts de Flandre Greater District Council area (CCHF) is already home to major names in the agri-food sector such as Coca-Cola and its numerous advantages mean it is perfectly placed to receive new stakeholders in the sector.