- As well as the reorganization of the executive board, the expansion of the headquarters in Puzol, Spain, is another important step towards successful growth in line with the company’s philosophy.
A lot of new things at SanLucar at the beginning of the year: Michael Brinkmann, previously CEO International, starts as CEO of the entire SanLucar Group, as announced last December. Stephan Rötzer, founder and owner of the premium brand for fruit and vegetables, concentrates on the further development of the brand and products. The redistribution of tasks is accompanied by the move to a new and modern office building in Valencia, Spain, at the headquarters of the international company.
“SanLucar has grown so much that the new building was necessary to ensure sufficient space and a pleasant working atmosphere for our employees,” says Michael Brinkmann. “Taste in harmony with people and nature – that is our corporate philosophy. Therefore, it was important for us to have a building whose concept and design are based on sustainability and energy efficiency criteria.”
Wood, plants and sunlight play an important role in the design of the three-floor building. Valencian ceramics, used both in the facade and in the floor, underline the bond with the region. Vertical gardens with more than 30 varieties of plants cover the walls of the new offices on an area of 300 square meters. Small fruit trees arranged in rows replicate an orchard in the entrance hall, as an homage to the company’s activity in agriculture.
Automated horizontal and vertical slats on the outer structure allow optimal use of daylight, so that little additional lighting is required. Solar panels heating up the water and LED lights also contribute to economical energy consumption. A parking area is available for electric vehicles.
The new office building has 3,600 square meters and offers up to 250 workplaces. The design by Sanahuja & Partners is part of a two-phase project: In addition to the new building, SanLucar’s former offices will be renovated in an adjoining building to combine the two areas into a single office complex.
SanLucar, the premium brand for fruit and vegetables, is a globally positioned enterprise with subsidiaries in Germany, Austria, Spain, Tunisia, South Africa, Ecuador and Benelux. In 1993, the Munich Stephan Rötzer founded the company and employs more than 2,500 people today, the majority of them on the company’s own farms on three continents.
With a range of about 90 fruit and vegetable products from more than 35 countries, SanLucar is the brand with the broadest assortment in the retail trade. In line with the philosophy of “Taste in harmony with man and nature”, SanLucar is a responsible player on the global fruit and vegetable market and is currently expanding into the Gulf States, Russia, China and Canada.