In 1979, a handful of young farmers made the simple yet complicated choice to break from a totally archaic sales context to concentrate the supply of lavender and lavandin essential oils.
Their objective: to put pressure on the markets and eventually be able to control and guide them better. From that moment, the Société Coopérative Agricole des Plantes à Parfum de Provence (SCA3P) [Agricultural Cooperative Corporation of Perfume Plants of Provence] was born.
30 years later, it is clear that SCA3P has met this challenge. From its humble marketing beginnings of several dozen tons of essential oils, over these past few years SCA3P’s harvests amount to around 400 marketed tons, making it a major player for large perfumery companies.
Today, the Cooperative groups 300 producers who annually provide 350 tons of lavender, lavandin, clary sage, hyssop, tarragon essential oils.
Like any cooperative, its management is entrusted to a Board of Directors who elects its President every year.
In turn, the Board of Directors is assisted by a team composed of a Director, a Sales Assistant, Logistics Manager, Quality Manager and two cellar men.