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Costa de Nijar seeks new flavours

Costa de Nijar is a company that offers both conventional and organic products, including  tomato (pear - long life - Canary - Vine - cherry & cherry pear), cucumber, aubergine,  courgette and watermelon (mini).

The Campo Hermoso cooperative is permanently seeking new varieties in order to achieve better flavours and textures in its produce and supply its customers with a wider product range.

Company CEO Miguel Lopez said Costa de Nijar is currently doing a lot of work with cherry tomatoes, “looking for new varieties to find better flavours.”

This is because Costa de Nijar always strives to get the most out of its products and supply its customers with excellent foodstuffs. A large percentage of the output is exported, mainly to the European market – Germany, Belgium, France, England, Holland, Austria, Poland, Denmark, among others, with a smaller percentage shipped to United States, in addition to the domestic market (Spain).

Costa de Nijar is a company that trades both conventional and organic products, including tomato (pear – long life – Canary – Vine – cherry & cherry pear), cucumber, aubergine, courgette and watermelon (mini). Tomato is the company’s major crop. The farmers and exporters have approximately 200 ha in area of Nijar, Almeria. The firm is currently engaged in projects to increase this area over the coming year.

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Biolisan: new installations for organic lemons

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.

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.


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Cuna de Platero: a global berry partner

Cuna de Platero is a cooperative specialising in the production of berries in Moguer, Huelva.

Cuna de Platero is currently working on the development of new soft fruit varieties that will enable it to position itself as its customers’ global berry partner, supplying them with tasty, top-quality fruit all year round, as it already does with raspberries.

For this campaign, more than 65% of its orchards will be planted with native varieties, such as Rábida, Primoris or Rociera. In addition, it will have the Fortuna and Dutch Calinda varieties, which combine great flavour features with a long post-harvest shelf life.

The firm’s commitment to differentiation now brings the launch of the Berrycatessen line for the Premium range.

The creation of its own brand with a special design and packaging, conceived to meet the expectations of the most demanding European consumers, brings together the best of Cuna de Platero’s assortment.

This campaign the focus is on consolidating Berrycatessen’s positioning.

“We want to improve our raspberries’ positioning in markets where they are already present and introduce them into the major potential markets which we have yet to penetrate,” said director general Juan Bañez.

It will also be including blueberries and blackberries, and work on development of Premium varieties is already underway.

Strawberries account for 60% of the produce from Cuna de Platero and volumes are expected to remain the same as last season, when figures reached 45,000 tons.

Although raspberries account for just 15%, the aim is to increase last year’s 1,500 ton volume by around 40% to reach 2,000 tons.

Blueberries, which today account for 16% of production, are also set for a volume increase, by 40%.

From 1,300 t exported last year, this year is expected to exceed 2,000 tons.

Blackberries are a minor niche showing significant growth: the aim is to achieve 50% growth in production volumes, from 50 to 100 tons.

Cuna de Platero works daily to consolidate a business model focused on economic probability, environmental friendliness and corporate social responsibility. Proof of the pudding is the cooperative’s collaboration in the Innocent drink project, which proposes irrigation water measuring and monitoring methods to reduce its water footprint, helping improve efficiency while preserving the surroundings.

Another outstanding feature is application of the Fresh Picking system in all the orchards, to improve the labour conditions for the workforce by avoiding harvesting during the hottest hours of the day and, at the same time, enhancing the fruit quality, as it is harvested fresher and needs fewer hours in cold storage, which means an important energy saving for the cooperative.

“Creating social value is another of our commitments. This way, we help to improve health conditions and quality of life for society,” Bañez said.

To this end, in the frame of Fruit Attraction 2016, the cooperative signed up for the Spanish Heart Foundation Food and Health Programme (PASFEC), whose mission is to promote the healthy properties of berries, encouraging a healthy diet and lifestyle,” explains the manager.

Both “Fresayunando”, a food education campaign aimed at children, and “Open doors” a training session for young professionals in the farming area, are examples of other initiatives promoted by the cooperative, designed to highlight the importance of responsible behaviour in the personal, group, social and environmental scope in forming part of an integrating society.

Cuna de Platero is a cooperative specialising in the production of berries in Moguer, Huelva. All their produce is local and 90% is destined for export to markets such as Germany, France, Italy, the UK and Eastern Europe.

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Fruits de Ponent markets OKI brand

Fruits de Ponent rolled out its flat nectarine and flat peach campaign in June, with exclusive marketing rights to the OKI brand.

Fruits de Ponent rolled out its flat nectarine and flat peach campaign in June, with exclusive marketing rights to the OKI brand.

The main second-tier cooperative from Valle del Ebre plans to re-launch this brand after obtaining exclusive distribution rights.

With OKI, it hopes to reach a type of consumer on the lookout for high quality fruit with the promise of a flat peach with the best flavour, intense aroma, good colour and always easy to consume.

Among its business strategies, the group has set its sights on consolidation in Europe, while expanding its customer portfolio towards Asian cities, as well as the Caribbean and Cuba, where Fruits de Ponent is already registered as a company.

Along with this news, CEO Josep Presseguer also announced that Fruits de Ponent has been working hard all year to achieve the necessary certificates and is now fully qualified to start exporting to China as soon as possible.

In addition to OKI, the group will also be marketing other varieties of peach, nectarines, flat nectarines, cherries and apricots under its own brands –Fruits de Ponent and Or de Ponent. 

Image courtesy of Fruits de Ponent



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Actel claws back historic volumes

Actel is a major figure in Catalan stone fruit supplies, as the combined forces of its farmer members can help reach significant volumes, ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 depending on the campaign.

According to sales director Jordi Gázquez, in 2016 Actel is set to recover what used to be its historic volumes.

“We’re on track to recover the 15% in volume that was lost last year due to hail and we’ll also have new generation varieties, resulting from a significant varietal change,” Gázquez said.

In firm stride and at peak production, the challenge facing the Spanish cooperative will involve redefining its business strategies: on one hand, to diversify towards more overseas destinations and, on the other, to further strengthen its links with Europe, its main ally and traditional market.

Management efficiency and ensuring the most well-rounded supply possible are some of Actel’s most essential qualities. So, for this campaign it hopes to incorporate pomegranate and persimmon programmes.

“Combining kaki fruit and pomegranate is our way of offering the customer a wider variety of products, which will always be managed by our quality standards. We rolled out this initiative three years ago in citrus with the inclusion of Soldebre, and now we’re expanding it to other new items,” Gázquez said.

Actel is a major figure in Catalan stone fruit supplies, as the combined forces of its farmer members can help reach significant volumes, ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 depending on the campaign.

Actel has a supply schedule covering virtually the entire Spanish harvest. It starts up with early fruit from Seville at the end of April, then moves to fruit from Extremadura as of mid-May, before finally ending with supplies from Catalonia and Murcia in October.