France Gènes, Hypor Expand Distribution Partnership in France

FRANCE - France Gènes and Hypor will merge gilt distribution activities from 1 September 2014.
calendar icon 21 July 2014
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Complementary activities

From 1 September 2014, Hypor’s dam lines will be available directly from France Gènes who will assume responsibility for all of Hypor’s multiplication sites serving the French market. Both technical and commercial activities from these sites will be transferred from Hypor France to France Gènes. Hypor will continue to focus on breeding all genetic lines in its nucleus facilities located in Sichamps and Civray in France and supply Grand Parent breeding stock from these locations to the multiplication sites of France Gènes.

Xavier Rouillé, Director of France Gènes, said: “This partnership strengthens the position of France Gènes in the French market and benefits the customers of both companies. Our collaboration with Hypor will offer added value to the producer, ultimately contributing to growth in our mutual business.”

Stéphane Jeuland, General Manager of Hypor France, added: ”By working in close cooperation, we will continue to advance genetic progress in pig production in France through supporting Hypor’s superior breeding lines and focused efforts to build the individual strengths of both companies. Hypor is a global breeding company with an effective breeding program focused on chain efficiency. France Gènes works closely with French producers, and is able to service all their needs with the close support of Hypor. Together, we make a strong combination.”

Comprehensive portfolio of high performance products

The partnership with Hypor - the first pig genetics company in the world to implement Genomic Selection in their breeding program- means that France Gènes can deliver constant, balanced and accelerated genetic progress through a comprehensive portfolio of high performance products, which includes: two Parent Stock gilts- Hypor Maxya [SS1] and Hypor Libra, and the leading Piétrain boar- Hypor Maxter.

The combined expertise of the two companies will create a major new player in swine genetics in France. The name of the new enterprise will be announced at SPACE 2014 (Le Salon International de L’Elevage) The International Livestock Trade Fair 2014, which takes place from September 16-19 2014, in Rennes, France.

France Gènes is affiliated to French agri-food company, Sofiprotéol. It is specialised in pig genetics with two main activities: production and distribution of semen, and multiplication and distribution of gilts. It was founded in 1991. France Gènes distributes semen via its three Artificial Insemination (AI) centres located in Châtelain, Neulliac and Plounérin in France. The Parent Stock gilts of France Gènes are produced within its network of 16 multiplication sites.

The Glon Group is a subsidiary of Sofiprotéol, a major agri-food group in oils and proteins. Sofiprotéol is active in three areas: nutrition and animal production; biosafety and nutritional specialties for animals; and food (eggs, poultry, pork and processed products). The company realized a turnover of €1.9 billion in 2013, has 49 industrial sites in France and abroad, and employs 3,700 staff. Sofiprotéol has been a strategic minority shareholder of Hendrix Genetics since 2008.

Hypor in France is one of the world's leading suppliers of pig genetics. Committed to providing superior genetics that supports profitability in the pork value chain. With its Head Office located in Boxmeer, The Netherlands, Hypor has strategically-located and interconnected breeding centres in North America, Europe and Asia.

Hypor is part of Hendrix Genetics, a leading multi-species breeding company with primary activities in layer-, turkey-, pig-, aquaculture -and traditional poultry breeding. Headquartered in Boxmeer, in The Netherlands, Hendrix Genetics provides expertise and resources to producers in more than 100 countries, with operations and joint ventures in 24 countries and more than 2,400 employees worldwide.

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