Is French agriculture in the process of passing under the Chinese flag? According to our information, after the conglomerate Reward Group which bought up nearly 3,000 hectares of agricultural land in France, a second Chinese group appointed a Parisian business law firm in February to negotiate the purchase of wheat fields. in Beauce. Like Reward Group, which owns bakeries in China, this company, whose name has not filtered, is eyeing these lands to produce wheat flour “made in France”. “Chinese flour makers are very sensitive to the reputation of French wheat, confides a good connoisseur of the file. They want to buy this land to sell bread or flour in China with the label: ‘wheat produced in France’”.
This phenomenon dates back to the end of 2014 when, to everyone’s surprise, the Reward Group consortium, a specialist in cleaning and hygiene items, soybeans, powdered milk, but also owner of bakeries in China, bought 1,700 hectares of farmland. in the Indre. “In the space of six months, this company bought five farms, which caused a certain panic, remembers Robert Chaze, president of the chamber of agriculture of Indre. high, which may have prevented local operators from lining up.