José Illan, le Tresacois:

The first french grapes were most affected by this summer's heat

Le Tresacois is a family business of 200 hectares, handed down from father to son for more than 60 years. The company distributes its own production under the brand “Le Tresquois”. José Illan, well- respected in the sector, recently joined the family business as its commercial director. He claims that the company is in full development.

“It is a family of producers. I joined the Tresacois to help develop its sales circuits. Today, we work with supermarkets in France, Germany, England, Switzerland and Belgium.”

At Tresacois, the campaign for the long-life table grapes is in full swing. “We are now selling Lavallée black grapes and Hamburg Muscat. In terms of quality, we have had an exceptional season with a very high brix range. The season was struggling to start. The demand was low and prices were about 20% lower than last year.” During the season, the company received a lot of demand for the Lavallée grapes. “Then, it stagnated, but now the demand is starting to increase again.”

The heat of this summer has mainly had consequences for the first batches harvested. “The grapes were burnt by the sun,” explains José. Luckily, last week’s floods did not affect the Tresacois products.

The long-life grapes can be kept from 4 to 6 weeks

On November 5th, the company will start marketing French kiwis. “Usually, French kiwis are very popular on the French market, but of course, we have competition from New-Zealand and Italy.”

In season, Tresacois offers green and white asparagus (600-800 tons), apricots (2,000 tons), cherries (400-600 tons) and plums.

The company is equipped with many loading decks, 32,292 a brand-new warehouse of 32,292 square feet, 16,146 square feet of refrigerated chambers, 2 electronic weight calibrators, a baler and a flow-packer for trays. With its own refrigerated trucks, Tresacois delivers its entire production to the main transporters of the region.

Tresacois has many certifications (Global GAP, IFS, GRASP, Eco-responsible orchards, HEV, PDO) and tries to produce sustainably. The company has solar panels on all of its roofs. The motor oils, as well as the plastic and paper waste, are collected and sorted. Micro-spraying is done according to the information from the different weather stations, in order to save some water. Finally, the use of phytosanitary products is reduced.

For more information: 
José Illan 
Le Tresquois
208 Ancienne Route de Lyon
30330 Connaux
Phone: +33 (0)6 51 22 16 98    

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