Aviagen France, the newly-formed business unit of Aviagen, is now the primary supplier of Ross stock to the French market following the conclusion of the agreement to purchase the Grandparent (GP) production facilities of Aviagen’s French distributor Grelier France Accouveur (GFA).
Customers across France will be supplied directly from Aviagen France, whose office is located in Beaucouzé, near Angers. As well as the office, the company now owns a hatchery and 14 grandparent (GP) farms. All employees that were involved in GFA’s GP operations have transferred to Aviagen France.
The company will be led by Thierry Rolland, who will take up the position of Business Unit Manager in mid-May. Thierry has been involved in the poultry industry for almost 25 years, the vast majority of this time within the broiler industry, working with birds of all generations.
The co-ordination and provision of technical service will also be locally supplied and will be the responsibility of Gérard Munsch, newly-appointed Technical Service Manager. Munsch has been involved in the French poultry industry for over 20 years, mainly working for primary breeding companies. For the last 13 years he has been providing technical service for company-owned and customer grandparent and great grandparent (GGP) flocks, and has extensive experience in all areas of flock management.
Gérard will report directly to Thierry, but will work closely with the wider Aviagen European technical team and will have the backup of Aviagen’s global network of specialists in areas such as nutrition, health and incubation.
“Aviagen France SAS is a welcome addition to our European production network. Our mini product, the Ross PM3, has a proven track record of success in the market through the good work done by Grelier over many years”, commented Brian Whittle, Aviagen’s President, European Operations.