The GLOBALG.A.P. Tour stops off at Tucumán
San Miguel Global, from Argentina to the world
San Miguel S.A. is a global agribusiness company from Argentina. It is the leading producer of fresh citrus for export in the Southern Hemisphere, and in turn the world leader in processing value-added citrus products, specifically handling 15% of worldwide ground lemon supplies. With a 62-year track record, San Miguel is acknowledged by its 200 customers in over 50 countries as a reliable citrus producer, maintaining high quality standards, but most of all as a long-term partner, sharing values and working methods that respect people and are environmentally friendly.
Vicente Trapani – hopes of US reopening to Argentinian lemons
The Vicente Trapani firm was founded in 1935, starting out as a citrus smallholding.
As of 1965, the company gradually became consolidated as an integral lemon farmer and today is an international benchmark.
This family business is one of the founders of the activity in Tucumán province. It has 1,500 ha of lemon groves in the area of Los Nogales, a packing plant with capacity for 18,000-20,000 pallets and a manufacturing facility able to process up to 1,000 tons of fruit.
Lemons’ good qualities: the Argentine promotional strategy
One should start to talk of lemons with their qualities as a condiment, beginning to position them as a healthy kind of fruit that even has therapeutic properties.
In this vein, Lemos Producer Association (ATC in Spanish) manager Roberto Sanchez Loria emphasised that “if we are going to do this, then we cannot afford not to be certified. Being certified means we are offering something that we can say is intrinsically good, but which we treat with the same good level it deserves.”
Argentinean lemons seeking to conquer mega-markets
The Tucumán Citrus Association, ATC, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The association includes all of the active agents in the sector, such as primary producers and fresh and industrial fruit packers. Furthermore, it has a peculiarity: it is the only institution that involves all of the business fabric linked to lemon production in the province of Tucumán. Its main aim is the ongoing, sustained defence of this activity.
News in the sector
Zamora: a specialist in the handling of fresh fruit
Zamora Citrus is a producer, packer and exporter of fresh Argentine lemons, continuing the lemon production business started by the Zamora family. The company was set up in 1984 and began exporting in 1994. “Our lemon production takes place on our own farms as well as those of third parties, which together add up to more than 700 ha in the province of Tucuman,” Luciana Zamora said.
IDEP marks 10 years promoting Tucumán exports
IDEP Tucumán, the Institute for the Productive Development of Tucumán in Argentina, has celebrated its first decade as an institution that supports exporters.
IDEP is the reference entity on foreign trade. It is run by a diverse board of directors consisting of government officials and entrepreneurs who represent the main production sectors of the province: citrus, sugar, horticulture, metallurgy, tourism and other services.
Frost affects strong Tucumán citrus production
Tucumán is noted for its privileged ecological conditions, as the climate, soil and subtropical temperature with a marked dry season are ideal for lemon farming. With a harvest season from April to sober, Tucumán accounts for 85% of the lemons produced in the country and provides around 40,000 jobs. A brief review of the past few years shows a steady increase in production, going from 602,015 tons per year in 1995 to 1,328,300 tons in 2007, when the volume stabilised and remained relatively stable... until now.