T he main Spanish lemon cooperative, El Limonar de Santomera, has just started running the most modern installations for preparing citrus.
With an area 3,000 m², it has the latest technology in selecting and preparing citrus by optimising automation. Greefa, Ipla, Apli and Daumar are its main suppliers.
The installations include various netting lines to sell large amounts in consumer unit format.
“All of the fruit is first pre-calibrated in order to control the visual quality,” said Antonio Jose Moreno, manager of the cooperative.
El Limonar manager Antonio Jose Moreno
El Limonar currently sells about 4,000 tons of organic citrus a year but aims to reach between 8,000-10,000 tons within five years, according to their farmers’ conversion plans.
Biolisan is the co-operative’s new corporate image for its entire line of organic business.
30,000 tons of lemons
El Limonar also sells 30,000 tons of conventional citrus, with 85% lemons, 10% oranges and 5% grapefruit.
“Our aim for 2018 is also to renew our current installations,” Moreno said.
It sells 85% of its supply throughout the EU, and is also present in the Emirates, Canada and the US.
The organic lemons are sent by air to the most distant markets and the conventional ones by sea, in order to guarantee all of their qualities.