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2.5 million Euro investment
Florette to expand its Canary Islands production centre by 80%
Florette Ibérica has just launched its plans for the expansion and industrial improvement of its production centre in the Canary Islands, making its largest investment this year at a domestic level: 2.5 million Euro.
The company will expand the size of this centre, located in Ingenio, Gran Canaria, by 80%. The objective is to make it capable of handling the constant growth of Florette products and introduce some new ones into the local Canary market.
Once the project is completed, the new centre, which currently produces some 5.5 million bags of salad of Canary origin per year, will see its production capacity increase to more than 12 million bags per year.
This new production plant, whose energy supply will come from 100% renewable sources, will also allow for new hirings, with about 70 new direct and indirect jobs that will add to the 235 jobs (75 direct and 160 indirect) already generated by the company in the region.
Florette settled in the islands in 2011, when it launched a local production centre and an extensive crop network, with 800,000 square metres distributed on both the island of Gran Canaria and Tenerife. The move was made to ensure that its salads in the Canaries met the same standards of freshness and maximum quality as in the rest of Spain.
"The proximity of our fields to the production centre and the constant refrigerated storage is what makes our products deliver the maximum quality and freshness. Our production of Canary origin can be at the point of sale within a maximum of 24 hours," stated Stathis Smoilis, director of the Florette Business Unit in the Canaries.
The company works in partnership with local producers and operates in the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, where it has both open-air crops (lettuce, escarole) and protected crops (arugula, lamb's lettuce).
"The privileged Canary climate makes it possible to grow vegetables in all seasons; this, combined with the proximity of the fields to the production centre, results in salads of the highest quality and freshness all year round," affirms Javier Les, responsible for Florette Agrícola in the Canary Islands.
Publication date: 4/12/2017
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