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Cecilio Sánchez takes over as president of COPISI (a UNICA cooperative)

Cecilio Sánchez takes over as president of COPISI (a UNICA cooperative)

Rosi García Ferrer is the new vice president and part of the Governing Council of UNICA. The COPISI Cooperative (a member of UNICA since the last campaign) has renewed its Governing Council and elected a new president, Cecilio Sánchez Luque, a partner for more than twenty years and a member of various Governing Councils of the El Ejido cooperative, of which she was vice president. In charge of COPISI during the past campaigns, Rosendo Pozo has voluntarily decided to hand over the baton.

The newly elected president highlighted the need to “continue to improve and grow as in recent years, now within UNICA.” Cecilio Sánchez knows the cooperative and its partners in depth and has made it his main objective “not to disappoint them”. Among the novelties of this new COPISI Governing Council is the entry of two women, Belén López Pozo and Rosi García Ferrer; the latter, as vice-president, will also be present on the Governing Council of the second-grade cooperative, UNICA.

Rosi García Ferrer received broad support for her candidacy from the partners. “I stood in order to make an example and encourage more women. I am going to bring a new vision, a new point of view. I have been a member for many years and in COPISI, there are many other colleagues who are members, but they do not dare to take the step and assume positions of responsibility. I hope that from now on that will change.”


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Sunaran enters UNICA Group

The move is expected to allow UNICA to increase its volume to 450 million kilos of fruit and vegetable products.

Unica Group has integrated Sunaran – a cooperative located in the Cordovan town of Palma del Río. Sunaran SAT is composed of 100 farmers cultivating 1,500 hectares of citrus in the Guadalquivir Valley, reaching a production of 50,000 tons. Future growth is expected with the entry into production of the youngest farms over the coming years.

The cooperative produces the whole range of orange and grapefruit varieties, with a period of production and marketing from October to July. Around 80% of production is for export, with the main destinations being the EU, Canada, the Middle East, China and South Korea.

This operation takes to 17 the number of cooperatives that make up the UNICA, with a presence in Almeria, Granada, Murcia, Málaga, Cádiz and Cuenca: Agrolevante, Cabasc, Camposol, Casur, Coopaman, Cohorsan, Cota 120, Europeans, Granagenil, The Group, Ferva, ParqueNat, Parafruts, Frutas Segura and García and Virgen del Rocío. The fresh production of the AN Group cooperatives is also sold through Unica Fresh.

Becoming a UNICA cooperative allows Sunaran to join a “consolidated” project, which brings together the production of thousands of farmers through its different cooperatives. “UNICA shares our main objective of seeking the greatest profitability for our farmer to face the future in the best possible way,” said Antonio María Carmona, manager of Sunaran.

Carmona also considers that the incorporation of the citrus fruit of the Cordovan cooperative to the range of products already marketed by UNICA can be beneficial for both parties: “We believe that the possibility of a single supplier offering its own production of fruit and vegetable to meet its client needs should ensure a good position for UNICA and sustainable commercial relations between both parties.”

Moreover, Sunaran will make available to UNICA its experience in markets of third countries – so important in recent years for citrus fruits. Likewise, this partnership will give Sunaran the opportunity to develop new projects that “individually are more difficult to undertake.”

From the Unica Group, its manager, Enrique de los Ríos, evaluates ​​the move as “very positive” as it continues to advance cooperation between farmers: “It is not only about the orange helping the tomato and vice versa, which helps the profitability of the farmer and ensures better service to customers from several continents; it is also about continuing to unite farmers in a common project, overcoming the inertia of thinking that we are better off alone.” Similarly, he adds that “agri-food cooperatives have to continue cooperating in the face of the great challenges we face, such as competition from third countries, competition from the ultra-processed industry, and changes in consumer habits, sustainability or digital transformation. Thus, we will be able to take advantage of the current Veggie Boom by offering attractive products to the consumer that bring health and well-being.”


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Unica Fresh opens commercial delegation in Valencia

Unica Fresh opens commercial delegation in Valencia

The new office will offer clients of this strategic area a more direct and personalised treatment

Unica has opened a new commercial headquarters in Valencia that will cover the entire Levante area. The new office’s first addition is Rubén Morte, who has previously worked in positions of commercial responsibility and quality in several production and marketing companies and who will be responsible, in addition to managing client and products of the entire Unica group, for providing support and service in the city of Valencia and its surrounding areas.

Unica has taken this new step with the aim of serving its current customers and potential distributors better and more directly. The firm has decided to increase its presence in Valencia, which represents a key location. With this office, closer treatment will be provided in an area where a large part of the activity of marketing and export of agri-food products is concentrated.

There are numerous distribution chains and purchasing centres for international supermarkets located in this region, hence the decision to establish a physical office in Valencia to continue providing customers the best service.

Contact details of new commercial office:

Avenida de Francia, 44

Entresuelo-Office 16 46023 Valencia

Contact telephone number: 607 343 482