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Uni-Vert's 100% organic 4 seasons

France’s leading organic cooperative, with its local fruit and vegetable producers.

The Uni-vert cooperative was created in 1961 in the Gard. It brings together 55 fruit and vegetable producers in the South of France as well as 15 producers located in Corsica. Since 1988, the cooperative has been fully engaged in organic farming.

In summer, Uni-Vert offers a wide range of fruits and vegetables, such as apricots, apples, pears, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes and aubergines. We also highlight the “originals”, such as yellow courgettes, round ones, old ones, graffiti eggplants. In winter, as a salad specialist, Uni-Vert produces lettuces, batavias, blondes and reds, oak leaves. Spinach, radishes and chard complete our “leaves” offer. Uni-Vert works with many organic partners: communities, supermarkets, wholesalers, specialty stores, basket distributors, local sales on site. This range of leading players in the distribution of our products, responds to the quality of our productions from our terroirs of excellence.

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1961

1961

Creation of the COVIAL cooperative

1991

1991

Creation of the UNI-VERT cooperative

2015

2015

Naturland Certification

2020

2020

Organic Fair Trade certification in France

1988

1988

Organic trial with 2 producers

2014

2014

Exploitation and marketing 100% ORGANIC

2016

2016

ESR certificate (Fair, Solidarity, Responsible)

Towards 100% organic hyperlocal

Our history

Uni-Vert, under the sun exactly

1961. Creation of the Covial cooperative. 1988, first trial with two organic producers. 1991, Covial becomes Uni-Vert and in 2014, the cooperative produces and distributes 100% organic, fair trade, high-quality fruit and vegetables, with management that respects people and their environment.

1998, a key date for Uni-Vert. This is indeed the year when we decide to stop imports. Note new project: working to extend our local production. It took us two years to triple our number of producers and thus increase our arable land from 61 ha to 130 ha – including 26 ha of greenhouses.

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of producers 70 km around the headquarters of the cooperative
in Saint-Gilles, in the Gard

Today, our 100% French production amounts to 25,000 tons of fruit and vegetables, including 5 million heads of lettuce. We favor local producers. 80% of them are located within a radius of 70 km around the Uni-Vert headquarters, located in Saint-Gilles, in the Gard. One exception, Corsica. We therefore work mainly with member producers from Gard, Camargue, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence, Ardèche and Drôme. Our cooperative has 70 producers, including 15 located in Corsica.

100% organic, local

and fair

100% organic, local

and fair

100% organic, local and fair trade

It all started in 1961 with the creation of the Covial cooperative. At the time, the company consisted of an organic sales division, of which a purchasing part dealt with imports of specific products. In 1988, a pivotal date, Uni-Vert embarked on its first organic productions, with the participation of Messrs. Chardon and Lagarde. Their exploitation then receives the Nature & Progrès certification. Uni-Vert was created in 1991 to market the organic products of the Cooperative and certain users. It was in 1998 that the cooperative made a radical change and stopped all imports. The South of France, its early sunshine, its exceptional terroirs at the gates of the Camargue, between the Mediterranean coast and the Cévennes, offer Occitania and the Gard department a strategic position in the search for organic farming.

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strategic position of the Gard for 100% organic.

Our membership of the Organic Fair Trade Label in France

The whole chain is involved!

Nearly 5000 peasant farms (federated in 30 agricultural groups) and 40 organic companies come together to defend an agriculture of French origin, fair and 100% organic!

Fair trade developed in the 1980s with cooperatives from southern countries and products such as coffee and chocolate. It promotes partnerships between producers, processing companies and distributors, in order to reduce the social inequalities caused by conventional trade and to support the agro-ecological transition through fair prices.

A tool for the ecological and solidarity transition, fair trade guarantees producers stable and remunerative prices to live with dignity from their work.

Considering that fairness also concerns French producers, the idea of fair trade from France has recently taken hold.

Our cooperative naturally committed to this approach in 2020 to guarantee our members remunerative prices, but also to enhance their daily commitment to aspects such as:

The refusal to employ posted workers: all employees are paid in France, according to French law, which is not the case with all farmers, even in organic farming.

The preservation of the environment: we go further than the obligations of the ORGANIC regulations.

The Years of Organic Certifications

2014, 2016, 2017, 2020 are dates marked by obtaining certifications and attestations. In chronological order, Naturland (German certification which confirms the environmental and social commitment), the ESR (Equitable, Solidarity, Responsible) certification, Fair for Life (international under spawn-trade ethics), and Bio Equitable in France.

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Our values

Our values

Cooperative

Pour Uni-Vert, première coopérative bio équitable de France, le terme “Cooperation” is not summarized in this word nor in a legal status.

Our cooperative is embodied on the ground by the commitment and the will of all the actors who form our ecosystem. Cooperative is the active association of our know-how to achieve our main objective: the satisfaction of all requirements.

The continuous optimization of our cooperation is based, among other things, on our consultation meetings. We establish production schedules, solve quality problems, manage the operational dimension of our actions and their strategies. They also offer us the opportunity to reflect and discuss our working methods and to question our tools.

Cooperative

For Uni-Vert, the first organic cooperative in France, the term “cooperation” cannot be summed up in this word or in a legal status.

Our cooperative is embodied on the ground by the commitment and the will of all the actors who form our ecosystem. Cooperative is the active association of our know-how to achieve our main objective: the satisfaction of all requirements.

The continuous optimization of our cooperation is based, among other things, on our consultation meetings. We establish production schedules, solve quality problems, manage the operational dimension of our actions and their strategies. They also offer us the opportunity to reflect and discuss our working methods and to question our tools.

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France’s leading organic cooperative, with its local fruit and vegetable producers.

CONTACT INFORMATION

UNI-VERT

194 A Petit Chemin d’Espeyran

VC 17 30 800 Saint-Gilles

Tel: +33(0)4 66 2067 80

Email: contact@uni-vert.com

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France’s leading organic cooperative, with its local fruit and vegetable producers.

CONTACT INFORMATION

UNI-VERT

194 A Petit Chemin d’Espeyran

VC 17 30 800 Saint-Gilles

Tel: +33(0)4 66 2067 80

Email: contact@uni-vert.com

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