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Christmas: big rush for fir producers



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T. Crosse, J. Ducrot, G. Neyret

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Christmas is approaching and it’s time to think about the Christmas tree that will enchant the homes. For the producers, it is the big rush with work for the seasonal workers. Illustration in the Chartreuse massif (Savoie).

On the slopes of the Chartreuse massif (Savoie), the sound of Christmas tree clippers does not go unnoticed. At the end of November, the workers are busy cutting and packing the last trees. This horticultural company carries out 50% of its turnover during the Christmas period. For the occasion, a dozen seasonal workers came to lend a hand. “It’s a good activity. There is a good group atmosphere. It’s pretty cool, even if it’s difficult “, confides François Favreau.

The boss of this Saint-Thibaud-de-Couz company knows the recipe for the Christmas tree by heart. “What the consumer is looking for is a balanced tree, well stocked from bottom to top and not too wide”, explains Jean-Luc Rat-Patron. Over 35,000 Nordmann are produced. Objective for 2021: 5% more turnover. This year the trend is on the rise, but packaging nets a increased, the wood of the pallets and the fuel too. In France, six million Christmas trees are purchased.

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