The Almeria-based second degree cooperative Unica Group has closed its latest agricultural season with sales totaling 395 million kilos worth 398 million Euro. These figures represent 134% growth compared to those obtained in the 2012-2013 season, when 120 million kilos worth 170 million Euro were sold, as stated in its latest corporate report.
This increase has been possible thanks to the organic growth of the integrated companies and the business strength that the cooperative has been gaining. In fact, with the new incorporations in the current season, its final data have been forecast to reach 520 million kilos and 500 million Euro.
Last season, Parquenat returned to Unica Group. The return of this cooperative, which is a tomato specialist, provided the second degree cooperative with a large volume of this product. Before the end of the season, it was also announced that Parquenat and Casur would merge, giving rise to Natursur.
Besides, there was also the full integration of the Cadiz-based cooperative Virgen del Rocío, producers of a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. Furthermore, Unica took another step forward in its integration philosophy during the 2018/19 season with the incorporation of Coopaman, S.C.L., a second degree agricultural cooperative and one of the main national garlic producers, with headquarters in Las Pedroñeras, Cuenca.
For its part, Sunaran, a citrus specialist based in Palma del Río, Cordoba, closed an integration agreement in May, while Copisi approved its entry into Unica at a meeting in July and made it effective in September. As far as the current season is concerned, the Castellon-based Nulexport will also be joining Unica Group, as reported at Fruit Attraction.
The cooperative's objective is to reach 1,000 million kilos within the next three years.