The Almeria-based company Alhóndiga La Unión and Nice Tech, a company specialized in food technology, have partnered to build the first plant in Europe for the production of frozen fruits and vegetables with an innovative physical process patented by Nice Tech, which makes it possible to keep the organoleptic properties of fresh products intact after being frozen and thawed.
Work is currently underway to adapt the facilities that will house this new plant, which are the ones of the first Alhóndiga La Unión handling warehouse, located in the municipality of Adra, Almeria. Jesús Barranco, CEO of Alhóndiga La Unión, says that the idea is to start production at the end of this year.
The project, in which both partners participate, has required an investment of 18.5 million Euro. The plan is to start with fruit and vegetable products from Almeria, and if everything goes as planned, they don't rule out including other products also of national origin, such as onions. "Above all, we are going to try giving a boost to tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers and, later, melons," says the director general of La Unión.
The production is planned to be marketed through fast food chains, to guarantee a stable supply and prices. This is something that Nice Tech already does, with a product portfolio at the end of 2019 consisting of mandarins, pineapples, mangoes, peaches, melons, oranges, strawberries and nectarines, and which operates in Spain through the Nice Cold Corporation.