IFEAT France Study Tour 2015
Sunday 5th July – Wednesday 15th July
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The IFEAT Study Tours take place annually and aim to offer more in depth study of a particular region and its production.
The tours are restricted to a low number of delegates – 40 people – thereby providing the kind of participation and attention levels that come with a smaller group. The tours are ideal for both experienced individuals and newcomers alike.
France Study Tour Objectives
The study tour has a number of objectives. First, to gain an intimate knowledge of the production and processing facilities of a number of essential oils and aroma chemicals produced in the two important production and processing centres in France. Second, in Provence, delegates will visit farms, distilleries and factories producing and/or processing the local essential oils, especially lavender and clary sage, as well as undertaking the further processing of imported oils and aroma chemicals. Landes in Aquitaine is an important producer of pine derivatives. France is a large supplier to the world market for many F&F ingredients. Moreover, Grasse in the PACA Region is seen as the home of the world perfume industry. Third, the Tour will provide an opportunity for delegates to meet up with producers, processors, importers and exporters from France. Also the Tour enables delegates to meet up with other flavour and fragrance industry people from a variety of countries. There were participants from 14 countries on the China Study Tour this year. Finally, the aim is to achieve these objectives in 8 working days out of the office.
Why France in Early July?
The timing of the tour has been selected to match the cropping and processing of the major aromatic botanicals in the region. Delegates will be able to witness the peak period of lavender production and processing. France is one of the most important suppliers of fragrance ingredients to the global market, as well as a large import market. France has a fascinating culture and a world famous cuisine and chefs. Climate-wise this is a very good time to visit; the usually dry weather conditions will facilitate mobility.