Quality and certification

A permanent approach at Coopenoix

Respect the environment and
quality of walnuts

A rigorous quality policy at all stages

COOPENOIX is attached to the value of a nuciculture respectful of quality and the environment. Growers cultivates their orchards in compliance with environmental rules. These good practices, both within agricultural holdings and in the cooperative, enables to guarantee consumers a natural and healthy product.

Quality is a major competitive advantage for COOPENOIX

The IFS certification (obtained at the end of 2007 on inshell walnuts and in 2010 on shelled walnuts), enshrines the voluntary high quality approach implemented by the cooperative.



The cooperative itself is also certified "organic" – meaning that it can receive and work organic inshell and shelled walnuts from growers and guarantee the individualisation of the products.

Several times a year, the cooperative is audited by the "Ecocert" organism..

It also has the "Bio Suisse" certification which allows exportation of organic products to Switzerland.

Each year 700 tons of inshell walnuts from organic agriculture are delivered by fifty gowers at the cooperative which is ECOCERT certified.

These figures are slowly increasing each year.

Each grower is audited by a certifying entity. They have the obligation to communicate to the cooperative their organic farming certificate.


Under the leadership of Coopenoix, a group of growers engaged themselves in a process of GLOBAL C.A.P. certification GlobalG.A.P. It is a guideline document of good agricultural practices, developed by the European large retailers whose main objectives are:
  • rational production;
  • hygiene and food security;
  • protection of the environment;
  • social protection, workers safety and health.
Les exploitations sont certifiées toutes les années suite à un audit réalisé par l’organisme certificateur indépendant Bureau Veritas. La coopérative est également certifiée pour pouvoir commercialiser ces volumes en GlobalG.A.P.

I.F.P. Integrated Fruit Production

The I.F.P. is a production system of high quality fruit giving priority to safer ecologically methods, minimising the undesirable side effects and use of plant protection products in order to improve the safety of the environment and food security.

The implementation of this method is well-accompanied by Coopenoix's technicians who actively participated in the drawing of this walnuts Charter.


HVE : high environmental value Level3.

Some growers of the cooperative are currently launching in HVE3 certification. The certification is done on the whole process in a farm and all the productions are concerned (plants and animals).

100% French origin

Walnuts distibuted by Coopenoix are of 100% French origin et offer the best phytosanitary and organoleptic garanties.

The strict regulatory framework in France offers a durable and perfectly traceable production.

The approval of inshell and shelled walnuts

The first step before products can enter the cooperative's production circuit is the approval.

In the presence of the grower, each and every lot is inspected to determine its classification and so its destination within the cooperative.
The following criteria are analysed :


The variety
The caliber
The colour of the shell
The waste rate = rate of external defects (empty shells, unshelled shells etc...) rate of internal defects (kernels)
The Humidity rate
The color of the kernels

Shelled walnuts

The color (white, amber, oil purpose)
The form (halves or broken)
The quality of the kernels
The Humidity rate
The presence of foreign bodies (walnut shell)

The grower price list rate integrates all these criterias in order to obtain a payment corresponding to the quality on each approved lot.


The cooperative has a technical hub of 2 agricultural technicians following-up the orchards and advicing on phytosanitary treatments.

And so, it has an obligation to be certified to have the right to do so.

Both technicians have been trained to obtain their individual certificate, and the cooperative is itself certified since 2013.

The support given to the cooperative’s growers concerns advice on plantations ( variety choice, best adaptation to the type of ground), orchard managment (cutting, fertilisation, irrigation, pest and disease control, tree growth) and the monitoring on 5 meteorological stations as support ( in a global 15 stations network).

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