Milk collection: smooth sailing!
Milk collection extends across 20 departments in the Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes, Centre and Rhone-Alpes regions of France. Each year, the Eurial group processes 1.2 billion litres of milk – 220 million litres of goat milk and 980 million litres of cow milk.
Seven days a week, 160 experienced milk tanker drivers take turns to collect the milk from the group’s 2,470 farms.
How many kilometres do Eurial’s milk tanker drivers cover every day? 6.6 million kilometres per year – which is 18,000 per day, to collect the milk from the farms and supply each factory.
The cooperatives – close to their members
The network formed by the four Eurial cooperatives across Western France allows close relationships to be maintained with members.
Each cooperative covers several departments:
- Colarena Presqu'île : 44, 49, 56, 35
Contact with farmers : 02 40 57 42 01
- Ucal : 85 et 79
Contact with farmers : 02 51 44 25 25
- Poitouraine : 86, 79, 36, 37
Contact with farmers : 05 49 62 60 00
- Laiterie Coopérative du Pays de Gâtine : 79
Contact with farmers : 05 49 04 21 18
Each cooperative offers its members everyday support in the form of technical advice and services. Every day, almost 100 technicians visit farmers to advise them on choosing new equipment, on improving production methods, optimizing quality, cold storage on the farm, herd feed rations, procurement, etc.
François Brasseur, farm technician: "My job is to respond to farmers’ questions, and meet their expectations, as quickly as possible."
"Benjamin Paquereau, a technician at Poitouraine, helped us to choose the most appropriate equipment. He also advised us in applying for subsidies. The cooperative provided us with the equipment, in partnership with a supplier" explains Pascal Guillon.
Factories at the heart of the region
14 factories transform the milk collected every day in the 20 departments of Western France and Rhone Alpes. All our sites are certified for each of their activities.
Three factories are located abroad: in Belgium, Spain and the United States.