Spanish fruit growers and suppliers Grupo Clasol and Cooperativa San Alfonso in Valencia have merged. This business combination creates an anticipated €120 mln revenue business for the 2023/24 financial year with more than 2,000 employees.
Grupo Clasol, which like San Alfonso is based in the province of Castelló, supplies a range of fresh citrus fruits, melons and grapes, along with stone fruits such as plums and peaches. San Alfonso is primarily engaged in the citrus segment like oranges and clementines with brands such as its namesake line, Gala and Maxim.
Four cultivation and distribution plants across the Mediterranean will be brought together through the merger covering 2,500 hectares of land, with more than 30 countries served.
César Claramonte, meanwhile, the CEO of Grupo Clasol, said the merger forms an ‘ambitious’ five-year plan that will involve investment in processing and competitively priced fruit: “We are creating a pioneering and independent business model to defend the interests of small local farmers. Our aim is to be a reference platform for the integration of a project managed by farmers.”