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Alland & Robert is an international leader in the use of African acacia gum.(Photo: Alland & Robert)

French Firm Embraces Tech To Continue 130-Year-Old Tradition Of Farming Acacia Gum In Africa

By Ann Brown, 1:00 am AFKI Original

Since 1884 a family business named Alland & Robert, based in Normandy, France, has been an international leader in natural plant exudates for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, with a strong focus on acacia gum. Today, it employs 70 staff and contributes to the livelihood of several million people living in Sahelian Africa, where acacia-producing countries are found. Through tech the company is ensuring a sustainable future.

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