We are a cooperative of farmers, based in the Northwest of France and the parent company of an agrifood group. With 20,992 farmer members and 13,587 employees, Terrena is one of the leading agricultural and agrifood players in France.
We are determined to support all types of agriculture, all farm models and all production methods.
We believe in the strength that comes from the links between crops and livestock because we are convinced that it contributes to the results of farms in Northwest of France, to the vitality of our local areas and that it caters for the food choices of every person.
Our cooperative differences: one man, one vote
Since its creation in 1887, Terrena has worked in the interests of its farming members. Today, 20,092 farmer members and 13,587 employees make up our cooperative, which is known for its values and economic credibility.
The Terrena cooperative was created out of a desire by farmers to give value in a sustainable way to their animal and plant productions, to make their regions more dynamic and to share economic growth.
All its activities are founded on the adherence to 7 values of the cooperative:
- Unrestricted membership
- Democratic control: one man equals one vote
- Sharing wealth: distribution pro rata of transactions
- Valuing people and not capital
- Intergenerational solidarity through non-availability of reserves
- Members’ commitment to the local area
- Political and religious neutrality
A model to benefit all
To be a member of Terrena, a farmer must have his/her farm in the cooperative region. The cooperative organisation is an essential element in deploying the strategic focuses to members.
It is structured around 500 assemblies called “Bassins de vie” (“living areas”), which take place each year with the elected farmers in their geographical area. This decentralised organisation guarantees that people listen and are responsive in decisions.
Attached to their land and their cooperative values, Terrena’s men and women have combined their energy to share their expertise and capacity for innovation with the company, making quality products from their farms accessible to the largest possible number of consumers.