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HaciendasBio focuses on Alemania in 2020  

HaciendasBio promotes its CSR policy and strategy 

• Spain’s first organic & biodynamic fruit and vegetable producer will export 60% of its organic stonefruit to the German country 
• Stone fruit will grow 20% in volume this year. 
• HaciendasBio is the only European company with its own production of bio stone fruit for 20 consecutive weeks  
• The company will show on both fruit and vegetable fairs its ARRA table grape, being the only producer that grows this seedless variety in Spain 

HaciendasBio, Spain’s first organic & biodynamic fruit and vegetable producer and leader in export to Europe, mainly destined its production to Germany. In 2020 the company plans to export 60% of its organic stonefruit to the German country – nectarine, peach, paraguayan, cherry and plum – This offer stands out for being of high quality and for presenting large calibres and greater brix compared to the rest of the offer in the lineal. All this thanks to years of research of new varieties, to the biodynamic agriculture and to the strategic location of the 34 farms that the company has spread throughout the Spanish territory. The stone fruit season is one of the main campaigns of the producer, this year oresees to increase 20% in production compared to 2019, the company estimate a production of 9.000 tons. HaciendasBio is the only European company with its own production of bio stone fruit for 20 consecutive weeks.

The company shows this month in Germany the multiple efforts it is making to make its organic fruit and vegetables the first to be available on the supermarket shelf at times when other European countries are not even in production.  

HaciendasBio will participate for the fourth year runningenin the two unavoidable European events for the sector: Fruit Logística 2020, international fair of the fruit and vegetable sector to be held in Berlin from 5th to 7th February, and in Biofach, world leading organic products fair, to be held in Nuremberg from 12th to 15th February. “Both Fruit Logística and Biofach are two key meeting points to strengthen our leadership in Germany, our know how to extend the crops, and our complete portfolio with more than 65 references. The German country is a strategic territory for the company, since it is the main ecological consumer in Europe, it is there where we mainly dedicate our production.” says Paco Casallo, CEO  of HaciendasBio. 

One of the latest updates that the company will present in both trade fairs respect the Stone fruit is the cherry, HaciendasBio is the only producer that has an innovative machinery of last generation that classifies the product and ensures its quality. 

Wide offer for the German market 

HaciendasBio not only seeks to extend the usual seasons of stone fruit, It also struggles to extend in harmony with the environment the harvest of all its products Accordingly, the company will maximize in Fruit Logistica and Biofach the ARRA table grappe, being the only company that produces this organic variety without seeds in Spain and that makes it available to the consumer from the beginning of July until the middle of November. Throughout 2020.

The producer plans to increase its production by 40% compared to the previous season, with a forecast of 2,500 tons. Along the same lines, the company Will show the fig. This year HaciendasBio hopes to double the production of this  fruit amounting to 7.200 tonnes. Also, pomegranate, persimmon and leafy vegetables (lettuce, celery, leek, cabbage, cauliflower or broccoli) will continue to drive strongly in German territory. 

Finally, Fruit Logística and Biofach will also serve to value one of its recently incorporated farms, la Falamosa, located in Seville, which started its production in 2018 This farm is notable for being able to prolong crops thanks to its location and climate, humid climate, with high minimum temperatures and for presenting little pronounced changes between morning and night, favoring the precocity of production. 
 

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HaciendasBio promotes its CSR policy and strategy 

HaciendasBio promotes its CSR policy and strategy 

The Spanish production company is one of the top three companies worldwide with the best environmental performance according to a study arranged by the Dutch consulting firm Soil & More, a specialist in sustainability. 
  
Recently, George Oxley, a French biologist specialist in soil life, has endorsed the explosion of biodiversity on HaciendasBio farms, being the first time in 20 years that he finds species on agricultural land that are usually only found in highly protected wilderness areas and that are included in the ‘Red List’ 
 
In addition, the company has recently joined to international environmental projects such as the United Nations Global Compact project – UN Global Compact – and to various initiatives promoted by the WWF association 
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10th December 2019.- HaciendasBio, the first organic fruit and vegetable producer in Spain and a leader in export to Europe, promotes the development of its CSR policy in line with the company’s core business value: respect for the environment at all levels. 
Currently, it is one of the top three companies worldwide with the best environmental performance according to a study prepared by the Dutch consulting firm Soil&More, specialists in sustainability. This same document values the production system used by HaciendasBio, based on the principles of biodynamic agriculture, as they imply   numerous benefits for the planet and society.  
It mainly concludes that the company’s cultivation method provides a positive environmental impact effect of three million euros per year to the planet. 
Replenishing soil fertility to achieve the balance of the ecosystem is crucial for the producer. HaciendasBio applies compost and other organic materials to the soil, performs no-till farming and does not apply fertilizer products. Finally, it manages flora through mowing and planting in order to improve the permeability and content of the organic matter in the soil.

HaciendasBio biodiversity, endorsed by George Oxley 

Another HaciendasBio’s strengths is the respect for biodiversity, bringing great value to the planet in a context in which between 10,000 and 50,000 species are lost every year, according to the latest data from the Living Planet report issued by the WWF association, the largest independent nature conservation organization. This entity also points out that biodiversity has been reduced by 58% worldwide in the last 40 years, something that poses a risk to humanity according to the UN.

In this regard, the French biologist and biochemist, George Oxley, specialized in soil life and a great connoisseur of plants from a medicinal and nutritional point of view, has made a soil diagnosis of the main farms of HaciendasBio. He has been analysing different conventional, ecological and biodynamic farms for 20 years and it is the first time in his career that he finds species that, in general, are only found in very protected wild areas, in agricultural lands. 

These are plants classified as “rare”, almost in extinction, such as Taenatherum caputmedusa and Vulpia cilliata, both herbaceous. Many of them are included in the ‘Red List’, the List of Threatened Species prepared by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the main authority in this area. It is the most comprehensive inventory of the conservation status of animal and plant species worldwide.  

In addition, Oxley trained HaciendasBio workers at La Albuera farms about biodiversity. 

HaciendasBio has 34 farms throughout the Spanish territory located in areas rich in protected environmental resources that allow to take advantage of all the renewable energies of the environment. They have nearby rivers and native vegetation, are far from fertilizers and herbicides that degrade the environment and are protected by natural barriers that surround their perimeter. In addition, the producer has reserved areas on its farms that work as a natural biodiversity reservoir and hosts La Albuera Garden on its farm located in Extremadura, populated by representative species from all continents of the world. 

Strengthening CSR policies and strategies 

In addition to carrying out a fully responsible and respectful production, HaciendasBio is strengthening its adherence to international external initiatives that play a crucial role in caring for the planet. Recently, it has joined the international compact Global Decalogue promoted by the United Nations in order to promote environmental responsibility.  
This adhesion declares the company’s commitment to comply with the 10 ethical principles established by the UN, including promoting greater environmental responsibility.

Likewise, HaciendasBio has adhered to different initiatives promoted by the WWF association. For example, the Earth hour, the signature and dissemination of the message against plastics as well as the loss of biodiversity. The company is also registered as a volunteer for tree planting or garbage collection on its farms, amongst other actions. 
 
Clean energy, a priority for HaciendasBio 

Another aspect in which the producer is highly committed is the production of clean energy in order to not contaminate and not generate wastes around its activity. In that sense it captures C02 incorporating of all the vegetable remains of the crops, improves the conditions of the organic matter before its application and builds irrigation systems with solar energy in 80 hectares of crops, amongst other measures. 

The company is also strongly committed to avoid waste through different measures such as reusing all organic wastes in composting processes, recycling of all non-compostable plastic wastes and reducing plastic materials in fruit and vegetables packaging. 
 
 
 

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HaciendasBio promotes CSR in European Week of Waste Prevention

HaciendasBio promotes CSR in European Week of Waste Reduction

 

Spain’s leading organic fruit and vegetable producer, HaciendasBio, is underlining its green credentials with a series of initiatives aimed at ensuring greater sustainability. On December 14, the firm will carry out a garbage collection around its Bellicar farm, in Almería, within the framework of the ‘LIBERA, united against trash’ project, created by SEO / BirdLife and Ecoembes. The company is also working on reducing internal waste. Among its main collaborations are the union of the Decalogue of Sustainability of the Food Industry promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, with the objective that companies improve their economic, environmental and social aspects. In addition, it has joined the campaign “Food has no waste” led by AECOC, association of manufacturers and distributors, in order to establish prevention and efficiency practices throughout the food chain, maximize the use of surplus produced and raise awareness and raise awareness in society about the need to reduce waste. Likewise, it has joined the international Global Compact Decalogue in order to promote environmental responsibility, which highlights the company’s commitment to comply with the 10 ethical principles established by the UN, including supporting the preventive approach to environmental challenges, promoting greater environmental responsibility and encouraging the development and dissemination of environmentally friendly technologies.

Caring for the environment is the premise that governs all of HaciendasBio’s activities. The firm produces clean energy so as not to contaminate or generate waste. It captures C02 by incorporating all the vegetal remains of its crops, improving the conditions of the organic matter before its application. The company has built irrigation systems with solar energy on 80 hectares of crops. Finally, HaciendasBio has joined various initiatives promoted by the WWF such as Earth Hour.

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84% of Spaniards buy organics

84% of Spaniards buy organics

 

A survey conducted by Spanish organics specialist Haciendasbio has found that 84% of Spanish consumers purchase organic products, and a third of them do so regularly. The main reasons cited for these acquisitions relate to health (46%), the environment (39%) and taste (15%). Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 51% buy organics “occasionally”, while 16% never include them in their shopping basket. Moreover, it found that 46 per cent of shoppers choose organic products to take care of their health, 39 per cent because they are sustainable and 15 per cent for their flavour.

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HaciendasBio sends abroad a 90% of the stone fruits

HaciendasBio sends abroad a 90% of the stone fruits

The total production of this Spanish company is splited among the European Union. 50%  is sent to Germany, 10% remains in Spain and the rest is distributed among other European countries such as Switzerland, France, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and the United Kingdom.

HaciendasBio is the only European producer with 20 consecutive harvesting weeks from its own farms.

Spain’s leading producer of organic fruit and vegetables and leader in exporting them to Europe – estimates a production of 6,958 tons of stone fruits in the current season. The company exports to Germany 50% of the total volume of its production, 40% to countries of the European Union such as Switzerland, France, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and the United Kingdom and a 10% goes to the Spanish market, where the organic products’ consumption is not as widespread.

HaciendasBio began with the stone fruits’ season in mid-April, before other Spanish regions such as Extremadura or Catalunya, that started in May. It was possible due to the acquisition in January 2018 of the farm La Falamosa, located in the Spanish Southern city of Seville (Andalusia).

The harvesting of stone fruits extends between April and October. It is the company’s key season and thanks to this local employment increasing, hiring HaciendasBio up to 1.041 workers. HaciendasBio is the only European producer with 20 consecutive harvesting weeks from its own farms.

Spanish weather the key for stone fruits

The Spanish areas where HaciendasBio cultivates stone fruits are individually chosen with the aim of extending the campaign on the calendar. The farm from Seville – La Falamosa – has a humid weather and high minimum temperatures allowing a sooner harvesting of peaches and nectarines. Andalusia is a suitable region for the plantation of stone fruits, since it has slight temperature changes between morning and night, that is the reason why it has been possible to overtake the production of those fruits 15 days in the calendar. The rest of the company’s farms that produce stone fruits are located in Catalonia and Zaragoza, which soils have completely different attributes. These two territories are characterized by cold and foggy winters that allow the campaign to be extended to a later point.

About HaciendasBio

HaciendasBio is the first producer of organic fruit and vegetables in Spain and leader in exporting those products to Europe. Jose Ramón Rituerto and Paco Casallo set up the company 15 years ago and it is now the leading stone fruits producer in Europe. The company is a reference in the market with a production divided among different farms in Badajoz, Almería, Tarragona, Lérida, Sevilla, Gran Canaria y Zaragoza.

HaciendsBio is a group of people devoted to taking care of the land, environment and the improvement of soil’s fertility following the principles of Biodynamic agriculture. This group has a common thought of combining their effort, enthusiasm and daily work and reverting it to the consumer as a full of life fruit.

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HaciendasBio brings forward stone fruit campaign with a new La Falamosa estate in Seville

HaciendasBio brings forward stone fruit campaign with a new La Falamosa estate in Seville

Stone fruit cultivation started at the Seville farm at the beginning of 2018 with the objective of bringing forward its peach and nectarine calendar compared to other autonomous communities such as Extremadura and Catalunya

Spain’s leading producer of organic fruit and vegetables HaciendasBio has a new farm which started stone fruit cultivation in January 2018. Early results are good. In its first year of activity, La Falamosa has produced 30 tons of peach and 75 tons of nectarine. This week marks the beginning of the harvest of these products fifteen days earlier than the company’s crops in Extremadura and Catalonia. Stone fruit represents 60% of the company’s total production.

This new farm of 97 hectares is located in Dos Hermanas, Seville, in the natural area called Brazo del Este, near the marshlands of the Guadalquivir, the Doñana National Park and a few kilometres from the coast. There are 15 hectares of nectarine production, 6 hectares of peach production, 30 hectares of table grapes and 5 hectares of plum. There are also smaller quantities of figs and pumpkin.

La Falamosa also has an area of 25,000 square metres in the centre of the farm for eliminating the salts contained in the water from the Guadalquivir River. In addition, 90% of the energy used to irrigate crops comes from solar energy.

An exceptional climate

The Sevillian farm is located in an area with a humid climate and minimum high temperatures that allow the precocity of the peach and nectarine crops. In addition, in Seville there are little changes in temperature between morning and night, an aspect that favours the production of these fruits in the territory. In the case of Extremadura or Catalonia the minimum temperatures are lower and the changes throughout the day are more remarkable.

Andalusia, a key territory for HaciendasBio

Around 23% of the company’s land is located in Andalusia, with 433 hectares distributed in eight farms: seven in Almeria and one in Seville. About 31% of the firm’s total production is grown here, which amounted to 10,000 tons in 2018. The company employs 570 people in Andalusia, almost 55% of its total workforce.

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Extremadura, production centre of Haciendas Bio’s Organic Asparagus

The company estimates to produce 700 tons throughout the whole season, that will last until April

Even though it is a seasonal product, the company bets on deseasonalizing asparagus crops so by the end of the year the first harvesting in Almería will be carried out.

Haciendasbio, the first producer of organic fruit and vegetables in Spain and leading in exporting to Europe- starts harvesting the first asparagus of the season that will last until April.

The company has 83 hectares dedicated to asparagus production located in Extremadura: 45 hectares for green asparagus, 34 for white asparagus and 4 for purple asparagus.

Even though it is a seasonal product, the company has strived for deseasonalizing the asparagus crops. In December 2019 the first harvest will take place in Almeria, more specifically in Pujaire farm.

Regarding the production volumes, HaciendasBio harvested in 2018 a total of 524 tons of asparagus. This year, with the inclusion of this Almeria farm, the company forecasts to produce 700 asparagus tons

The best product for consumers

The company has been 4 years evaluating varieties of green and white asparagus seeking to find the best ones and therefore to offer the best product. During this process, HaciendasBio has designed a fertilization strategy, irrigation management and plague and diseases control in order to get calibers, brix grades and textures that matches the demands and preferences of consumers. HaciendasBio asparagus keep their extraordinary quality characteristics with less fibers content.

HaciendasBio’s asparagus are characterized by their soft and tender texture. With an intense flavour, its sweetness is superior to the average, so they are pleasant to the palate. The moment of their harvest is very delicate that is why the company harvests the asparagus when they do not stress the plants, cools them immediately in order to avoid dehydration and process them daily.