It is in Chagny in Saone-et-Loire, not far from the Côte d’Or, Horse food CGP. If horse owners know him for horse food, then a strong company with a turnover of one million 300,000 euros is now attacking the entire public. He offers a solution to combat the spread of flies. Your barbecues will take place in the world. Interview with CGP Horse Feed Director Richard Grenier.
Your CGP Horse Feed company specializes in horse nutrition and welfare. What exactly do you offer?
In fact, we have a line of natural hay-based feeds for horses. So, you have alfalfa, haylage and hay pellets. Most often it has the form of cubes, i.e. much more granules. Its dimensions are from 3×3 cm to 4×4 cm. And its feature is to promote the chewing of the horse. This is a product that can be moistened at the same time so that older horses can feed themselves. We were inspired by what already exists in several countries, in South America, in Spain, in Italy, where we find such cubes. But most often in 100% alfalfa. We offer it with other types of feed.
At a time when there is more and more talk about shortages in the food industry, have you had an impact on the production of these products?
Not currently. Because we have several manufacturing plants. Found in Spain, Italy and France. So we don’t have any special concerns about the food base today.
How long has your company been in existence?
Already 11 years. There are many people in the horse business who still have horses at home, their “heart” horses, which they started with. This applies to professionals, in other words, to everyone involved in the equestrian complex, and general food distributors. We touch everyone.
After 11 years of existence, does the turnover meet your expectations?
Yes, we specialize in the Internet, which means that we do not have a distribution scheme with sellers who go directly to the field. Our catalog is online. We are already pioneers in this field. This allowed us to develop in this environment. Today it is important to be able to buy goods directly on the Internet and receive them with delivery. We work throughout France and can deliver the goods anywhere.
Are your clients mainly in France or are there also abroad?
We have distributors abroad, in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, but mainly our customers and our distributors are in France.
This year you are developing a solution to get rid of flies. What is its principle?
There are two types of traps. We have a 10 liter trap called “expert trap” and “pro” which has a large capacity and can last up to 60 days. And then, after that, we developed Top Traps, individual traps where each house has a bottle that we can easily set up. What we have developed is more of a specific bait that will attract flies. After all, two years of research have already been carried out to find a solution corresponding to several species. I believe there may be over 80,000 species of flies. Therefore, we try to catch as many as possible.
Where can we find this upper trap?
You find it on our website, go to the “Litters” section. The top trap requires around €15 including tax if you pick it up on site in Shanyi, or €20 including tax to be delivered to your home. And for an “expert” trap, it takes about 35 euros with tax, or 42 including tax with delivery.