After 10 months of operation, on Saturday October 9th, the Sica (Society of Common Agricultural Interest) of Saint-Pol-de-Léon officially inaugurated its Vilar-Gren station in front of more than 1,600 people. An event that coincided with the cooperative’s 60th anniversary.
In January, the agricultural cooperative of more than 800 producers started operating this station that centralizes the volumes, preparation and shipping of fresh vegetables. “It gathers 80% of the volume of the producers,” explains Marc Keranguéven, president of the Sica, who emphasized the central role of the platform for the appeal and competitiveness of the vegetable basin of Brittany.
“Times are changing, markets are changing, consumption patterns are changing. What doesn’t change, however, is our spirit, our values, our ability to innovate, question ourselves and adapt as we have done for 60 years.”
Savings, reduced pollution and logistical optimization. “We used to have 20 stations in France. Now we have one. The producers continue to deliver but we have one platform where everything is gathered. For our clients, it is simpler, and for the producers, no matter how many products they have, there is enough available at the cooperative.”
“We are saving 47% on trucks. Our consumers are mostly based in Germany. We have logistical constraints, hence the creation of this new station.”
“We clearly see that there are European corridors, and we are completely excluded from this. So we have to put in the means to avoid that.”
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