French biscuit maker Jean et Lisette, in cooperation with other local organic manufacturers, plans to open an organic biscuit factory in Saint-Jean-d’Angély in Charente-Maritime. 

A total of EUR6m (US$6.4m) will be invested in the 2,400 square metre site, which is forecast to produce 8m packs of biscuits per annum by 2022. It will be located in Val Bio Ouest, a centre of economic activities around Saint Jean d’Angély. 

Construction of the site is scheduled to take place in 2017-18. The facility is expected to create 27 jobs by 2020, according to the Val Bio Ouest website. 

The development is being undertaken in cooperation with milling group Coopérative Régionale d’Agriculture Biologique (CORAB), as well as local bakery group Minoterie Bellot and organic food maker Léa Nature. 

The process has been supported by Interbio Nouvelle-Aquitaine, a French organic industry body that aims to bring together and facilitate cooperation between organic producers, cooperatives, processors and distributors. 

Jean et Lisette representatives were unavailable for further comment at time of press.