The company is increasing its brassica ranges and expects to grow by around 20% in lettuces
In 2019 Unexport has celebrated its 20th anniversary with excellent growth prospects, particularly in the ecological segment, where it already has around twenty stone fruit, melon and watermelon producers. And for the current 2019/20 campaign, it continues to grow, with an expected volume of 310 million kilos, including all the different references that it markets.
In the winter campaign, the second degree cooperative continues to promote its broccoli and lettuce range, and it expects to reach a total of around 43 kilos from the first group and around 23 from the second one. To do this, it is devoting five of its 19 warehouses to receiving and handling these raw materials. The campaign start has been “good” in terms of prices due to the high demand generated by a 15-day advance of the export campaigns and the shortage of initial produce due to the floods in the Campo de Cartagena.
Amongst this year’s new developments that the cooperative will have in brassicas, the manager of Unexport, Thomas Anderson, emphasises two: the incorporation of Redi, the new purple sprouting broccoli, from Bejo via Sacoje, to its range; and the adding of ecological kale to its portfolio.
With regard to lettuces, Unexport will grow by between 15-20%, both in conventional produce and in bio. Iceberg, curly endive, green oak leaf, lollo lettuces… it has a wide-ranging offer, although it pays attention to the market trends, which indicate a “drop in the most popular type, the Iceberg, in Western Europe, in favour of romaine, heads and mini romaine lettuce, with more flavour.” On the other hand, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia are increasing their demand for iceberg lettuces.
This year, Unexport joined the United Nations Global Compact for sustainability as a cosignatory member. The company is working to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Objectives Agenda, working with sport, professionals, both basic and adapted and aid for the social and local environment. “We are more transparent and we advocate going a step further in our business ethics. This is what the market is demanding, and it is a logical step to take.”