This year, the meeting circumstances for the General Assembly (GA) of Euro Foie Gras are very special. Although European countries are slowly starting to ease the quarantine measures, it is still too early to gather and travel. The GA will therefore be held virtually on Wednesday, May 27th in order to respect the sanitary measures put in place to fight against the coronavirus.

This GA is taking place in a difficult climate for the agricultural sector, and in particular for foie gras, which has seen its sales decrease during this period of quarantine due in particular to the closure of restaurants. It is therefore essential to bring together the various national representatives to work together to revive the sector.

The GA will also provide an opportunity to discuss other subjects of great importance such as market prospects and priorities for the second semester. 

In times of quarantine, the internet allows us to keep in touch with our beloved ones, but also to keep up to date with current events. Interpalm, the Spanish interprofessional association of fat palmipeds, has used this time of quarantine to launch its #FoieGrasEspañol campaign of promotion of foie gras, a sector hard hit by the coronavirus crisis. In addition to a new website, Interpalm is also launching a contest to win foie gras or other duck products (more details below).

A new website: elfoiegras.es

Interpalm’s new website is online! It gathers information about Spanish production, foie gras and its by-products. This site also offers recipes and tips to cook this tasty dish in different ways. Indeed, foie gras can be easily preserved in jars or vacuum packed, and is therefore an ideal product to bring conviviality in these times of quarantine. In addition, consumers can find the contacts of Spanish producers in order to buy their products.

Earn 250 euros in duck products

An Instagram contest launched by Interpalm can allow you to win Spanish duck products for a value of 250 euros!

How to participate?

1) Follow the account @todoelfoiegras on Instagram

2) Like the contest’s publication

3) Post a picture or video of your foie gras and/or derived products-based dish, as well as a description of the recipe, mention @todoelfoiegras as well as a person with whom you would like to share your dish with.

The winner will receive a batch of foie gras and Spanish products derived from the duck worth 250 euros, to be used to cook tasty recipes at home. You can participate several times until 4 May. Good luck, and be creative!

Two hashtags: # FoieGrasEspañol and #DescubreElFoieGrasEnCasa

Producers of foie gras and their by-products are currently unable to supply restaurants, causing a significant drop in their sales. Do not hesitate to support them by consuming their products. By using the hashtag # FoieGrasEspañol or #DescubreElFoieGrasEnCasa to share your recipes, tips, or simply your love of the products, we will be able to relay your messages.

As the current crisis linked to the COVID-19 pandemic hits the fat palmipeds sector hard, Euro Foie Gras calls on the European Commission to use a derogation to allow private storage aid for the poultry sector. Euro Foie Gras invites also consumers to support the sector by purchasing the various proposition of products: foies gras, magrets, confits…  which will bring comfort and diversity during the quarantine.

In order to alleviate the losses for the various actors in the foie gras sector as well as food waste, we call on the European Commission to extend private storage aid to the poultry sector. “Faced with an unprecedented situation, I urge the European Commission to take exceptional measures,” said Christophe Barrailh, President of Euro Foie Gras. Poultry is currently not among the sectors that can benefit from private storage aid under the provisions of the EU Regulation 1308/2013. Euro Foie Gras is therefore asking the European Commission to use a derogation that would allow this crisis management tool to be opened up to poultry.  

Read our press release to learn more on the subject