Apples are one of France’s biggest agricultural exports. French apples find their way to customers not just in the rest of Europe but also overseas. One of the biggest players in the apple export market is Blue Whale SA. Tracing its roots back to 1950, it manages sales on behalf of producers in the major apple-growing regions of Provence, Garonne, Alpes and the Loire Valley. Sales volume amounts to around 270,000 t of apples each year, with 80% of that total destined for export. Blue Whale sees itself as an export specialist and has developed a keen understanding of the needs of international markets.