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Spanish cooperatives Alzicoop & Exagro to merge citrus and kaki productions

The Horticultural Cooperative of Alzira (Alzicoop) is seeking a new merger with the Cooperative of Villanueva de Castellón (Exagro) to work with both citrus fruits and kakis, following its precipitous break-up with Fruxeresa. The search for a new association is motivated by the obligation of cooperatives that have a volume of kakis greater than four million kilos to have their own facilities, as agreed by the Anecoop Kaki Group, to which Alzicoop belongs.

It is worth recalling that Fruxeresa had an agreement with Alzicoop, although it has already announced its intention to terminate the contract on August 31, 2020. The company acquired some land in the El Pla estate of the riverside capital several months ago and is building its new fruit and vegetable plant in anticipation of expanding its turnover.

"Given these two facts, we have held talks with several cooperatives in the area to find solutions. At the moment, we are in touch with the Villanueva de Castellón cooperative," said the leaders of Alzicoop, adding that "our goal is to create a second-degree cooperative for the joint marketing of both cooperatives. Citrus fruits would be handled in both warehouses, although mostly in their facilities, and 100% of kakis would be handled in our warehouse." This option would require an investment of around two million Euro, although it is possible to receive subsidies that would cover up to 50% of this.



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