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About Coteaux Nantais
Les Coteaux Nantais is a French apple and pears producer. Created in 1943 with only 2 hectares of orchards, the company continues to grow from and gain experience. The company made a great step forward in 1965 when a group of agricultural exploitation is made, then with the farm size to 20 ha.
In 1970, the two partners are opposed to the practices of traditional agriculture (chemical treatments every ten days). They then set up the Lemaire-Boucher method (using a seaweed lithothamne, to fertilize the soil). Thus the company initiates a method of cultivation without fertilizers or chemicals in orchards. This bio passage is complicated, and this year there is 80% of the production that is lost with the end of treatment.
Continuing an idea of sustainable development, in 1971 the company decided to develop the fruit damaged that it can not sell on the shelves, so it launched a production of bottled juice. Again learning is difficult, almost one in five bottle breaks due to thermal shock.
The range of processed products is still expanding in 1981 with the development of compotes, jams and fruit purees. Then come sweet, unique thing, it is done with knives apples and not apples to cider which is added sugar.
The efforts of Côteaux Nantais are rewarded with the arrival and obtaining European regulations and AB logo in 1990. Five years later it is a step towards biodynamics which begins, materialized in 1997 with obtaining the Demeter label.
At present, the Côteaux Nantais focuses its activity in 4 branches: · Fruit production: with orchards spread over 94 hectares of which 66 are in permanent production. · The packinghouse: a team of 19 people manages the storage and calibration of all fruits. · Production workshop: seasonal fruit processing. · Marketing in the European market.