Taste of France 2012 comes to Roof Gardens on 14 June

On Thursday 14 June 2012, the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London is organising the sixth A Taste of France — a speciality and fine-food networking day where 22 French companies will showcase a range of quality French products.
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May 28, 2012 - PRLog -- On Thursday 14 June 2012, the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London is organising the sixth A Taste of France — a speciality and fine-food networking day where 22 French companies will showcase a range of quality French products, including charcuterie, condiments and chocolate. The event will provide the opportunity to taste the products and meet the producers of the French fine foods on display at Kensington Roof Gardens, in central London (UK).

A Taste of France will open with a conference on the British market for speciality and fine foods, including a presentation of the economic forecasts by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD). The conference will be followed by the tasting from 12.30pm.  The French companies attending A Taste of France are listed below. Further details are available on request.

Algues de Bretagne

Algues de Bretagne is a specialist in edible seaweed and offers a wide range of nutritional products, including seaweed pearls (i.e. small jellified spheres that are a vegetarian alternative to caviar).


Aquitaine Spécialités

Aquitaine Spécialités produces frozen Canelés, which are small pastries typical of the Bordeaux region (in South-Western France): their production goes back to the 16th century.


Atlantique Développement Export

Atlantic Développement Export assists three food-and-drink companies based in South-Western France in their export activities : they specialise in soups, in cakes and in pâtés respectively.

Biscuiterie de Provence

Created in 1883 in the heart of Provence (in South-Eastern France), Biscuiterie de Provence is a family business that offers a range of original biscuits and pastries using Provençal ingredients including olives, lavender, figs and almonds.



Charbonneaux-Brabant is a family-owned business specialising in the manufacturing of vinegars and mustards, along with trading in oils and gherkins.


Charcuterie Bordelaise

Charcuterie Bordelaise produces a wide range of traditional Bordeaux pork charcuterie that is made from meat reared in South-Western France.



Based in the Champagne region, Chocogil has specialised in the famous Bouchon de Chocolat au Marc de Champagne — a champagne-filled chocolate shaped like a Champagne cork — since the 1950s.


Chocolats Zugmeyer

Since 1930, Chocolats Zugmeyer has perpetuated the family tradition of making quality chocolates. Chocolats Zugmeyer’s pride in the excellence of its production makes it one of the most reputable French chocolate manufacturers.


Comptoir du Cacao

Comptoir du Cacao is a family-run artisan chocolate factory. It makes fine, single-origin chocolates from pure cocoa butter, and in unique flavours.


Confitures Octave

Based in the heart of Provence, Confitures Octave produces luxury jam, Provence tomato sauces and the region’s famous candied pink apricots.


Conserverie Au Bec Fin

Conserverie Au Bec Fin is located in the Bay of Saint-Tropez (on the French Riviera) and offers a range of savoury specialities from Provence and the Mediterranean. The company works in close partnership with the local fishermen and farmers.


Fromagerie Beaudé

Based in the heart of the French Alps, Fromagerie Beaudé regularly produces new and original cheeses. Its specialities include Tomme and Bleu du Vercors cheeses, which enjoy Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status and are made from Alpine cow’s and goat’s milk.



Fromi specialises in artisan cheese from France. The company also has a range of traditional fine food, wines and spirits.


Macarons Gourmands

Macarons Gourmands is a young company that manufactures luxury frozen macaroons on the basis of both classic and novel recipes.


Moulin Jean-Marie Cornille (Moulin JMC)

Moulin Jean-Marie Cornille (Moulin JMC) has been manufacturing top-quality olive oil for over four centuries. The mill produces three kinds of cooking oil, and is particularly well known for its speciality — a fruity black olive oil.


On Plante le Décor Ltd (OPLD)

OPLD is a family-run company specialising in handmade flavoured sugars and salts, chocolates, confectionery and biscuits, as well as preserved meat, fish and vegetables.



Pat’Fondines is a young company manufacturing sweet and savoury cakes, pancakes, blinis and tarts that are all inspired by typical recipes from Brittany, the region of Western France where the business is based.


Première Pression Provence

Première Pression Provence is a producer of high-quality olive oils and other authentic food products from Provence, such as savoury spreads and condiments.


Rochebillard & Blein

Rochebillard & Blein is a family-run business based west of Lyon. The company works with local pork farmers to produce a large range of fine charcuterie.


Thés de la Pagode

Thés de la Pagode rigorously selects the best organic teas directly from China, in order to offer only the highest quality of teas in elegant packaging.


About The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE

The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London facilitates trade development between France and the UK. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the UK. As such, it organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities, mainly in London.

The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London is organising A Taste of France on Thursday 14 June 2012. The B2B event will take place at the Kensington Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London, and will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Access to the venue is via Derry Street (nearest underground station: High Street Kensington).

A Taste of France will start at 9.30am with a conference on the British market for speciality and fine foods, including a presentation of the economic forecasts by IGD (the Institute of Grocery Distribution). The conference will be followed by a lunch/tasting at 12.30pm, which will be attended by French producers as well as British importers, retailers and buyers.

Journalists and representatives of the trade may choose only to attend the tasting event, which will start at 12.30pm.

Journalists wishing to attend should contact Ms Katherine Woods, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London.

For further information about UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk

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