Perlim is building on 50 years of arboricultural expertise in Périgord and Limousin and emerging as the leader in the production and marketing of AOP Limousin apples and Périgord walnuts.
At the end of the 1960s, a handful of fruit growers and traders founded the Perlim group, named after the regions of Périgord and Limousin.
Located in Corrèze, their vocation was to produce, store and market apples and walnuts grown exclusively in their respective territories. Their determination led to improvements in both the quantities produced and the quality achieved, resulting in PDO status for Limousin apples and Périgord walnuts, the pride of their regions and a fitting reward for their efforts.
For both apples and walnuts, the Perlim quality approach has always involved strict control over production, from orchard to final shipment, to ensure a reliable, high-quality product.
Over 7 million euros have been invested in the orchards and packing centres since 2010, in combination with a laboratory quality control policy, with the aim of ensuring technical mastery so that the fruits can express their outstanding flavour in full.
Perlim's quality is also based on its cutting-edge industrial facilities, whose total flexibility and high-precision electronic sorting enable it to offer a wide variety of packaging formats.
Nevertheless, the finishing touches remain manual and rely on human "handmade" expertise, adding value to the basic product to optimise the attractiveness of your fruit displays.
To benefit from AOP status, the apples and walnuts in the orchards must meet a set of specifications that govern how the designation is awarded (variety, cultivation method, density etc.). Each operator, from the producers to the distributor, is inspected every year by independent bodies approved by the INAO (National Institute of Origin and Quality).
GLOBALGAP for apples: in 2013, 160 producers were certified according to the GLOBALGAP standard – 98% of our members. GLOBALGAP for walnuts: in 2013, the LIPEQU cooperative's walnut production complies with the GLOBALGAP standard.
Perlim has been committed for years to guaranteeing the quality and food safety of the products it markets. All our sites have had BRC or IFS certification since 2009.
Perlim has been marketing products grown using organic techniques for the last two years. The tonnage produced using this agricultural system, which rules out the use of chemical fertilisers, synthetic pesticides and GMOs and limits the use of inputs, has grown steadily. Perlim organic apples: one variety, Opal. In 2014, about 7 hectares producing 165 tonnes.
Tonnage forecast for 2018: 300 tonnes.
Perlim organic walnuts: 437 hectares producing about 455 tonnes in 2014.
Perlim has signed up to the "Vergers Eco-responsables" (environmentally responsible orchards) quality label for its apple orchards. Authorised and issued by an independent organisation, this label guarantees that apples are cultivated with respect for the environment and biodiversity. In France, it covers some 60% of the apple industry, or about 1,500 producers, who give priority to ecologically sound production methods. Like them, Perlim has signed the Charte des Pomiculteurs de France (French apple cultivation charter) to demonstrate its commitment to responsible, sustainable agriculture.
Producers are monitored by a team consisting of an orchard technical director, two agronomy engineers and a quality controller.
Each organisation has its own laboratory, where the flavour quality of the products it markets is measured and checked daily.
Two agronomy technicians monitor nut production.
Apple and walnut centres
At each site, certifiers, inspectors and quality managers inspect the products continuously and ensure that they meet the marketing rules and customers' needs.