The onion campaign is going well this year and Beatriz Marchite, of Cebollas Marchite, is feeling positive and optimistic.
"This season we expect the same level of production as last year, but prices are much better now, about 30 to 35 cents more per kilo." Cebollas Marchite is a family business located in Fustiñana, in the northern Spanish province of Navarra; an area characterised by good weather and strong winds, which help dry the onions, keeping them in perfect condition. They have more than 10,000 m2 for the storage and processing of their own production, grown in more than 100 hectares.Marchite's onion plantations
Cebollas Marchite's key distinguishing value is that it only sells its own production. A complete control on the process of growing, harvesting and processing ensures that the quality of the onions obtained is truly appreciated by its clients, which has allowed the firm to access the most demanding European markets.
The firm works mainly with three different onion varieties of the Recas type: Cíclope, Granero and Citación. It is a Spanish onion with many layers, characterised by its orange colours, depending on the variety, and always with excellent presence. Beatriz affirms that "their main quality is a long shelf life, as they can be preserved in perfect condition throughout the entire campaign, from September until April."
The firm packs and exports its onions in bags of 15, 20 and 25 kilos under the MARCHITE brand, and also in "jumbo big bags" of over 1,000 kilos, without a brand, to wholesalers. They have received quality certifications from Global Gap and Tesco's Nurture brand.
Cebollas Marchite's warehouse.
Onions are exported to Germany, England and Portugal, although, as Beatriz says, "we plan to open ourselves to new markets, both in Europe and other continents, and we are studying the possibility of entering the Middle East and Latin America."
"Our goal is to continue innovating in new products with value added, such as vacuum packaged onions, fried or sliced," concluded Beatriz Marchite.