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GRIF, What is it ?

The GRIF is campaigning to reintroduce the guinea fowl in environments where it is a threatened bird. Despite the incomparable flavour and quality of its meat and a noble past, it is rarely found on restaurant menus. 


Why such a campaign ? 

We need to break away with a system that impoverishes our culinary heritage every day. It is our aim to put an end to monotonous cooking.


World citizens, cooks, and gourmets !

Things are serious. Predictability has set in everywhere: in supermarkets, our fridges, on our plates and even in restaurants. It is always the same old story.

By contenting ourselves with boring food, we often forget that our countryside is full of tasty treasures that beg to be discovered. 

I blame the endless search for cheaper products.

I blame a single mindset in the world of cooking.

I blame globalization and junk food.

I blame all those who are satisfied with little – the copiers, and blind followers of all sorts.

I blame narrow minds and the lack of creativity.

I blame the supposed lack of time.

We cannot let this go on. We need to break away with a system that impoverishes our culinary heritage every day.


This is why, we, the GRIF, campaign all over the world to reintroduce guinea fowl in our kitchens. The guinea fowl is a remedy to standardization on our plates. We are hundreds of keen breeders to stand up for it. Its temperament and its unique flavour make it an excellent alternative to monotony and standards.

This is why I call on anyone who enjoys good food, journalists, Sunday cooks, students, professionals, restaurant owners, chefs, starred-establishments, etc. Belgian, German, British, Dutch, Italian, etc.

Gourmets  ! Join the GRIF and fight alongside us to give the guinea fowl the pride of place it deserves in our kitchens.

Put an end to monotony ! Long live the guinea fowl and long life the GRIF !


GRIF figures  

Four incubating hatcheries in France set, incubate and hatch guinea fowl eggs. 50 million hatching eggs are produced per year (1 million is exported). 31 to 35 million guinea poults hatch per year.

On average, 600,000 baby poults are placed per week, two thirds of which enter a standard type of breeding and 32% of which a “Label rouge” (Red label) type of breeding. 


Guinea fowl feed is made by companies specializing in the manufacture of poultry feeds and they supply 164,800 tons of feed to guinea fowl breeders.


Every year, 32 thousand tons of guinea fowl are slaughtered (+1.5%). 80% is slaughtered by 4 companies. Although cutting affects less than 5% of free-range “Label rouge” red label guinea fowl, despite a constant increase in this figure, nearly 60% of standard guinea fowl are now cut.


In relation to other poultry, the consumption of guinea fowl is characterized by :

  • A large share of out-of-home catering (40%)

  •  A large share of traditional channels for home purchases (16%)

  • A limited share to supermarket distribution (29%)

  • A large share is exported (15%)


 The GRIF and the CIP

The CIP is the French national interprofessional guinea fowl organization, recognized by the public authorities.


Its chief aim is to give a new boost to the French guinea fowl profession and strive to ensure the quality of the product.



The CIP unites four professional families : 

- Breeders,

- Hatcheries and selectors,

- Feed manufacturers,

- Slaughterhouses and distribution.

Its financial resources come mainly from interprofessional subscriptions, which it uses to coordinate communications and technical work.


The CIP campaigns !

Our priority is to give a new boost to the French guinea fowl profession and strive to ensure the quality of the product.

  1. We strive to preserve the specific character of the guinea fowl.

  2. We conduct and commission work aiming to solve any technical or technological problems experience by one or several links in the guinea fowl professions.

  3. We carry out promotional drives and communicate on guinea fowl both on inland and export markets.

  4. We encourage any innovative initiative broadening the guinea fowl market.
  5. We regularly inform members of the profession on the development of the different micro and macroeconomic indicators on product prices and volumes, slaughtered, consumed or exchanged.

  6. We are the French guinea fowl profession's single point of contact for national and European community authorities, for any problems shared within the profession or one of families within it.

  7. We seek the funds needed to finance our actions.

The CIP is financed by an interprofessional subscription paid by members of the profession in as equitable a fashion as possible, with an additional contribution from the State.

CIP - Comité Interprofessionnel de la Pintade


CS 14226 - 35042 RENNES Cedex – France


Tel: +33(0)2 23 48 26 30 - Fax: +33(0)2 23 48 26 31

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