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La Unión supports Almeria businesses this Christmas

La Unión supports Almeria businesses this Christmas

 

Instead of having a Christmas dinner this year with its employees, La Unión Corp. is going to purchase 1,500 Christmas hampers containing 100% Almeria products to help reactivate the economy and suppliers in the province. Several large multinational companies have also chosen to support local suppliers through local campaigns aimed at developing a circular economy in these trying times.

In a press release, Jesús Barranco, CEO of La Unión Corp., said: “Unfortunately, the current situation is complicated for many sectors. For this reason, we, at La Unión, want to remain close to our employees and our community. This year, we want more than ever to support the Almeria economy. We hope that with this acquisition of products we will contribute our grain of sand so that the industry of the province can continue to maintain jobs, employment and carry out its activity. Unity is strength and we must all support each other.”

 

 

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Taramay, a key player in the tropical fruit sector

Taramay, a key player in the tropical fruit sector

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Press release

An exceptional campaign, has positioned Taramay as a key player in the tropical fruit sector. The Union Corp. has exceeded expectations this season and aims to surpass 5,000 tons of product the next campaign.

The 2019/2020 tropical fruit campaign has been exceptional for Taramay (La Unión Corp). Its main products are: the best quality avocado, papaya, custard apple, loquat, guava and mango.

The subtropical microclimate of the south of the peninsula is ideal for the cultivation of these fruits, whose production has increased. In recent years, avocado consumption has increased markedly, both globally and in Spain. All tropical fruits are in high demand and therefore production of these fruits has exploded in Andalusia.

Taramay’s exponential growth is fundamentally due to the work it has done with farmers on the Granada and Malaga coastline, offering exceptional payment terms as well as specialist agronomic advice on each of the crops it works with.

Avocado, the king of the campaign

The avocado campaign runs from spring to early autumn. Currently, Andalusia produces 85% of Spain’s avocado. Its versatility in dishes and the consumer demand for healthy diets have made avocado the star of tropical fruits. Prices for this campaign have remained stable, with Taramay marketing six different types of avocado (Bacon, Fuerte, Hass, Lamb Hass, Pikerton and Reed).

Custard apple still ranks among the favourites

In recent years, the consumption of custard apples has remained stable in Spain and grown in some EU countries. The production of Taramay’s custard apples is based in the province of Granada.

Podium for papaya

Taramay papaya is grown entirely on the coast of Granada. In the 2019/2020 campaign, this perennial crop saw a qualitative leap with respect to the previous season. The exotic fruit is very healthy, thanks to its antioxidant properties and versatility. Papaya facilitates the digestion process thanks to its laxative and purifying properties, with its composition of high levels of fibre and water.

About La Unión Corp.

La Union has gone from being a family business dedicated to the export of vegetables to becoming a benchmark in the world of fruit and vegetable marketing and the number-one cucumber marketer in the world. Currently, La Union leads the marketing of fruit and vegetable products in Europe, surpassing 400,000 tons. More than 70% of this production is directed to the European market. The company already has more than 3,000 farmers and 29 operations centres spread between Almería and Granada. It employs 1,500 staff and has 3 laboratories that perform more than 64,000 analyses annually.

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La Unión calls on EU to implement stricter surveillance of imported citrus

 

Spanish agrarian organisation LA UNIÓN has reported a 17% increase this year in interceptions of citrus fruits infected with pests and diseases arriving from third countries. According to the organisation’s press release, there have been 124 intercepted shipments in European ports, with those arriving from South Africa (+88%) and Uruguay (+380%) topping the list.

In the imports detained due to the presence of pests and disease, there were 41 issues related to Phyllosticta citricarpa (Black Spot fungus), and 34 with Thaumatotibia leucotreta (the false moth that causes serious commercial damage to citrus). Both present a serious risk that is not yet present in European citrus.

LA UNIÓN calls on the EU to conduct stricter phytosanitary surveillance and strengthen requirements for cold treatment and control at source for citrus. In the recent analyses carried out by LA UNIÓN, it was discovered that most of the banned active substances detected in the fruit from the third countries relate to fungicides used to preserve the fruit as alternatives to cold treatment. “That is why we think it is a clear fraud and deception for the European consumer and that it would be avoided by using cold treatment,” says Carles Peris, general secretary of LA UNIÓN.

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