Canada, an appealing market

In 2015 Cosafra entered the American market and this campaign it will continue to explore this business line.
The Canadian and US markets are being kept in mind by the Andalusian asparagus producers. Although at present there is no entry protocol for the Spanish produce to the USA, Canada already receives Spanish green asparagus. “Last year we sold an important amount in Canada very satisfactorily, therefore we are hoping to repeat this and to increase our sales,” Francisco Javier Trujillo, manager of the Cooperativa San Francisco from Huétor-Tajar admits.
The organisation ended last season with a marketed volume of 1,500,000 kilos of asparagus, of which 90% went to the export market and 10% to the home market. In Europe, the most outstanding market is Germany, followed by the demanding, but also rewarding, Swiss market.
A flourishing vegetable. The farmers belonging to the Cooperativa San Francisco, along with the others from the region, are experiencing a good moment regarding the return on their investments. In this campaign they have two million plants in the fields, a circumstance that will mean an extra million kilos of asparagus over the next two campaigns.
The organisation from Granada has a portfolio of highly diversified produce that turns it into a farming cooperative where the activity does not stop at any time during the year. In addition to green asparagus, it works with potatoes, watermelons, artichokes and oil.
“When the asparagus season ends, we immediately become immersed in the potato campaign, which continues until the end of July and also coincides with the watermelon season, although this crop is being reduced all the time. Artichokes have two seasons from April to June and from September to October. They are campaigns that virtually overlap; therefore we do not need to resort to imported produce”, the executive explains.
Of all the vegetables that the cooperative works with, asparagus is the main produce and the one which involves the highest turnover. From 2013 to the present day, the increase in produce has risen from 800,000 kilos to 1,500,000.
The other produce can be summarised as follows: 2 million kilos of potatoes, another million kilos of artichokes, and half a million kilos of watermelons. The latter is showing a lower profitability each campaign for the producer in the region, as well as producing some excessively large fruits, which only reach the local markets.
The boom in asparagus, along with artichokes have allowed the restructuring and purchasing of new machinery in the preparation shed, aimed at speeding up the production processes. This has also coincided with the obtaining of the GlobalGap certificate.

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