A land of gastronomy, farming, food-sector companies and innovation, the Lyon area is full of opportunities for food professionals, from field to table.
Food and beverage industry key figures
- 12,281 ha of farmland (2010), 80% of which is listed suburban protected natural and farm lands (PENAP).
- 273 farmers in the Lyon metropolitan area (source: Draaf 2019)
- Approximately 30 AB-certified organic farms in 2020, i.e., approximately 10% of all farms (5 times more than in 2010)
- 92 farms sell through local distribution channels (2019)
- Approximately 6,000 jobs (source: Acoss-Urssaf 31/12/2019)
Retail and restaurants
- 6 group sales outlets, 42 community-supported farming associations (AMAP), 8 farmers’ markets, 8 organic markets, 220 weekly markets
- 5,280 restaurants (source: Insee-REE 31/12/2018)
- 17 stars (source: Michelin Guide 2021)
- 4,600 people working in institutional catering (2019)
- 4,350 jobs in the Lyon metropolitan area (2019)
A food strategy for the Lyon metropolitan area
Lyon Métropole is mobilizing alongside food stakeholders to increase food self-sufficiency in the region and reduce food poverty. Together, we are building the Lyon area’s food project, the PATLY.
With a focus on food resilience and justice, PATLY has 6 key aims:
- building food governance
- encouraging sustainable local farming
- fostering development and cooperation among industry players
- working towards exemplary institutional catering
- fighting against food poverty
- improving local residents’ food habits.
A favorable environment for food-industry players
The food sector in the Lyon region covers the entire value chain, from food farming to processing, trade, distribution and consumption. These steps literally go "from field to plate".
- Innovation hubs and clusters:
- Innov’Alliance (natural foods for well-being)
- Cluster bio Auvergne Rhône-Alpes (organic farming)
- Vegepolys valley (plants)
- Trade organizations:
- The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Association of Food & Beverage Companies (ARIA), the food and beverage trade organization
- La Coopération agricole (‘Farming Cooperation’)
- A dense, well-organized network of community-supported farming associations (AMAP) in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region (direct sales, with no intermediaries between farmers and consumers).
- Dedicated sites, incubators and acceleration programs.
These companies and chefs have chosen the Lyon area
- Brake France
- Bjorg Bonneterre & Cie / Ecotone
- La Vie Claire
- Mille et un repas
- Alain Alexanian
- Anthony Bonnet
- Grégory Cuilleron
- Jérémy Galvan
- Guy Lassausaie
- Régis Marcon
- Tabata Mey
- Nour Milan
- Christophe Roure
- Davy Tissot
- Takao Takano
- Christian Têtedoie
- Mathieu Viannet
Local organizations to help you in the transition
In the Lyon area, many organizations support companies in their projects, for a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient food system.
Tech and innovation
- The FoodTech Lyon AURA community supports all innovative entrepreneurial initiatives in the region related to food, from field to fork. FoodTech Lyon AURA is a member of the French Tech FoodTech subgroup.
- FoodShaker , the Isara incubator, supports entrepreneurs who wish to set up an innovative company in the food sphere (from field to fork).
- Nutrition Lab, a branch of the Prevent2Care Lab dedicated to nutrition and health, offers a tailored support program for companies that innovate for improved health prevention in the nutrition and food sectors.
- The H7 “sustainable food” program supports companies that are inventing new services and production, distribution and consumption models.
- The Rhône Chamber of Agriculture, the Lyon Metropole Saint-Etienne Roanne Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Lyon-Rhône Chamber for Trade and Crafts also support food and farming professionals.
The SSE has many players in the food sector, in particular companies, nonprofits, SCOPs (cooperative and participative companies) or SCICs (cooperative companies of collective interest), which promote the values of healthy and sustainable food. Several SSE incubators and accelerators have also developed food programs.
- The Ronalpia incubator supports entrepreneurs with socially beneficial projects in transforming their idea into a company with a viable business model.
- The VRAC Lyon Métropole nonprofit organization fosters the development of joint purchasing organizations in top-priority neighborhoods specified in the Lyon metropolitan area’s urban policy.
- The Rhône Alpes Auvergne Social and Solidarity Grocers Group (GESRA) supports the development and management of some fifty social and solidarity grocery stores.
- The region’s Local Food Group (GRAP), a cooperative that combines processing and distribution activities in the local organic food industry, provides support services and provides premises for entrepreneurs to develop their business.
- Les Petites Cantines, a non-profit network of neighborhood cafeterias, supports entrepreneurs in setting up a Petite Cantine location in their city or neighborhood.
- Many other non-profit organizations in the Lyon metropolitan area are developing projects in the supply chain, food waste reduction and other topics.
Sustainable purchasing in food and local distribution channels
Developing a sustainable approach to purchasing in the food sector requires local farmers and distribution channels. Several initiatives have been developed in the Lyon area, including La Super Halle d’Oullins, a store where local farmers sell their food directly to shoppers.
- Cluster Bio Auvergne Rhône-Alpes supports organic food entrepreneurs and provides restaurants with a directory of local organic food suppliers in the area.
- The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes network of community supported farming associations (AMAPs) gives farmers the opportunity to sell their products directly to consumers.
- The Rhône-Loire Association for the Development of Organic Farming (ARDAB) helps put interested buyers in touch with organic farmers.
- The Rhône Chamber of Agriculture helps put interested buyers in touch with all farmers in the Lyon metropolitan area and Rhône region.
- The Demain cooperative supermarket in Lyon’s 7th district.
Reducing food waste
The focus is also on reducing food waste by carrying out actions with organizations such as Recup & Gamelles, which raise awareness in the fight against food waste (collection of unsold items, upcycled food production, etc.).
Taking the environment into account
Various initiatives to help take the environment into consideration have also been launched in the Lyon area:
- In Charly, the Applied Botany Research Center (CRBA) has built a partnership project with the world’s oldest seed bank, the Vavilov Institute. Its Melchior farm project is designed as a laboratory for European biodiversity adapted to climate change.
- The Ardab, an association of organic farmers from the Rhône and Loire regions, has set up a program to help canteens and cafeterias introduce local organic products into their menus.
- The Lyon Area Agroecology initiative (Agro écologie agglomération lyonnaise), a Lyon-area agri-environmental and climate project, offers a set of complementary actions to encourage agroecology in the area.
Major food-industry facilities in the area
Major sites are dedicated to the food industry in the Lyon metropolitan area.
- The Halles de Lyon - Paul Bocuse, a covered market with 56 emblematic shops illustrating the gastronomic excellence of Lyon and France.
- The Lyon-Corbas Wholesale Market, France’s largest private wholesale market for fruits and vegetables, with 35,000 sq. m. of buildings. Over 300,000 tons of products are sold at the market every year, to over 2,000 customers, most of whom are located in the Rhône-Alpes region.
- The Agrapole, a site serving the farming and food sectors in Lyon Gerland, which brings together farming trade associations, an engineering school and an incubator.
- A new project for the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie de Lyon, an arts and culture facility entirely dedicated to gastronomy.
Lyon, a founding member of the International City Network on Food and Gastronomy
With its strong gastronomic heritage, Lyon created the International City Network on Food and Gastronomy in 2007.
Délice is an international network of 32 cities on 4 continents that have chosen gastronomy to promote and improve the quality of life in their region. It is also a forum for interaction to stay informed of global trends, share good practices, create collaborative projects between cities and promote the benefits of culinary excellence and good eating for all.
Lyon regularly organizes events with partner cities that are members of the network, top chefs, culinary institutes and other players in the gastronomy sector.
Major food and gastronomy events
The Lyon area hosts major food and gastronomy events.
- Sirha Lyon, a world-renowned foodservice and hospitality event. Every 2 years, Lyon hosts Sirha, a Mecca for all foodservice and hospitality professionals. This exhibition is also the stage for the finals of the Bocuse d'Or and Pastry World Cup, two emblematic, world-renowned cooking competitions.
- Sirha Green, an exhibition dedicated to sustainable foodservice. Every 2 years, alternating with Sirha, it targets all types of foodservice and a wide range of products and services to meet new environmental challenges.
- The Lyon Street Food Festival , a 4-day celebration that highlights “Food, Culture, Music & Party”.
- Baguettes Magiques (‘Magic Chopsticks’), a Chinese food festival held in cooperation with the New Franco-Chinese Institute.
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