The company continues extending its portfolio with new, interesting projects through its subsidiary, Nagami Tropi.
2020 has marked records in the citrus fruit sector. In March and April, the demand by consumers shot up. A trend that continued until June caused, to a large extent, by the search for the beneficial properties of these fruits. José Antonio Alconchel, Manager of Alcoaxarquía, assures that “in my 45 years in the sector I have never seen anything like it. Prices never seen before were reached, with maximums of 1€/kg at source”.
Although he predicts that these prices will not be seen again and “the prices of ecological produce will be affected by the crisis,” the truth is that, in general, citrus fruits are experiencing a good moment and this situation reaffirms the ambitious growth strategy by the company from Malaga through its subsidiary Nagami Tropi, founded 5 years ago, with 100% bio production.
The company’s roadmap includes plans to add crops, currently being converted, the extension of the portfolio with new products and the start up of some new premises and a processing line to extend the citrus fruit area. All of this aimed at reaching 470 hectares of crops and 15,000 tonnes including all its citrus fruit references for 2023.
For 2020/21, they expect to market 7,000 t of oranges, 1,000 t of mandarins and as a new development, 250 t of lemons on 62 ha, a figure that will multiply considerably over the next two years. “In 2022 we will have 10,000 t of oranges and 170 ha of lemons”, Alconchel advances.
Another important new development will be the growth of the Tango variety of mandarins. Although this concept is not as extended in the bio crop as in conventional, the company has decided to step forward and in 2023 it will add this mandarin to its portfolio.
Recently they have completed some new installations for processing ecological citrus fruits. The warehouse covers a built surface area of 1,500 m² on a plot of land measuring 4,700 m², with the idea of continuing to extend the premises depending on the requirements.
Currently, 70% of its ecological citrus fruit production is exported to traditional destinations such as France, Belgium, Germany, England, Switzerland… The increase in demand in Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia is also worth mentioning.