Anteus Fruits

"This variability in origins offers an alternative to our clients"

Patrick Brun created the company Anteus France in 2006, in order to respond to a specific demand originally identified on the German market. “After selecting the producers who responded to my clients’ expectations, I started exporting 100% to Germany. Today, the company still works at 85-90% on the German market, and in parallel, we are looking to develop in France, Belgium and Switzerland in a controlled manner. We want to continue to select our clientele, which must adhere to the specific requirements of our project and manage a controlled growth,” explains Patrick Brun, director of the company Anteus France.

Patrick Brun (middle) with the director of Anteus Maroc (front) and their agricultural engineer (back)

The company works mainly with products from Morocco and Spain. “The products we sell the most are vegetables. In the winter, we offer tomatoes, bell peppers and zucchinis from Morocco and grown on our own farm. And at the same time, we are in partnership with producers in Spain for the same products, all packaged under the brand “Anteus Fruits”, according to our very strict specifications. This variability in origins offers an alternative to our clients, allowing them to choose the origin they prefer.”

“A Moroccan production of increasing quality”
According to Patrick, the Moroccan products which the company wants to develop through its Anteus Maroc branch are gaining in quality and take new market shares each year. “The client who is really oriented towards top quality products focuses more on the Spanish origin. However, the increasing Moroccan quality, not only for our products but also in general, means that there is almost no difference anymore between the two origins. Many clients who were only interested in Spanish products are now starting to buy Moroccan products. These include clients catering for luxury hotels, to whom I never thought I would sell tomatoes from Morocco. Yet, they are slowly coming around. Next year on the European market, given the success of the first experiment, we will offer a top-quality bell pepper grown in Morocco.”

“We were among the first to be IFS certified at the top level”
Since the company was created, Patrick attaches great importance to the quality of its production, while respecting food safety. “We were among the first to start with the IFS certification 7 or 8 years ago. At the time, the demand only came from the large retailers, so we were not directly concerned. Yet, we decided to certify our production via IFS at the top level for our wholesale clients. In our drive for continuous improvement, we obtained the certification with the ‘Higher Level’ of 98.7%. We made the choice to anticipate the demand at this level so as not to close doors in the future with customers looking for high-end products.”

Also certified Global Gap, the company advocates a reasoned agriculture, and an integrated fight. “We are aiming towards 'zero pesticides’ while maintaining important yields and a healthy product in terms of taste. We therefore carry out very regular residue analyses and we are constantly searching for new varieties, easier to work with and requiring less treatment.”

“All these steps are getting us closer to a high-end clientele, which adheres to a common project and allows us to grow together.”

For more information:
Patrick Brun
Anteus Fruits
Naturopole - 3 Bd de Clairfont, Bâtiment G
66350 Toulouges  
Phone: +33 (0) 411 641 283    
Mobile: +33 (0) 613.686.987                                                              


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