Grupo Alcoaxarquia Group has opened a new subsidiary, Alcoaxarquia Levante, in the town of Sollana, in the Spanish province of Valencia. With this strategic decision, the group is strengthening its productive and logistic capacity, given the proximity to the ports of Valencia, Sagunto and Castellón; a determining factor in the feasibility study of this project.
From left to right, Juan Becerra (managing director of Grupo Alcoaxarquía), José Antonio Alconchel (president of Grupo Alcoaxarquía) and Juan Vicente Adrián (of the firm Constantino Adrián).
José Antonio Alconchel, president of the group, said: "Having the capacity to receive, ripen and pack avocados in Valencia will allow us to improve the final service to our customers, given the concentration of different commercial offices of large chains."
The processing plant has been acquired after a 25-year lease agreement was reached with the company Constantino Adrián, owner of this 2,500 m² facility, which will be expanded to 3,500 m². Alcoaxarquia is already working on the design and equipment of this facility, which will have a production capacity of 1,000,000 kilos per month in the first stage and of 2,000,000 kilos per month in the second stage. It will have cold storage and ripening chambers, in a clear commitment from the group to give a boost to its avocado line.
The area planted with avocados in the Region of Valencia has been expanding in recent years, so it is expected that the production of varieties such as the Hass and Lamb Hass will continue to grow.
"Having Valencian production will allow us to extend the Spanish campaign, which for us was already carried out in Malaga, Granada, Huelva and Cadiz. Once we finish with the local production, we will be able to receive fruit from the southern hemisphere, from countries such as Peru, where we have our subsidiary Alcoaxarquia Peru, or Mexico, thanks to agreements with growers in these countries," said José Antonio Alconchel.
Location of the new facilities of Alcoaxarquía Levante in the town of Sollana, Valencia
True to its business vision, in addition to operating the handling plant, Alcoaxarquia is working in parallel to ensure control on a local production through agreements with producers in the area, as well as the running of its own farms.
"We will have the necessary technical team to provide agronomic advice, incorporating our line of R+D+I and sap monitoring, and to continue moving forward in the optimization of ripening according to the demands of our customers, given the relationship between the field techniques used and the subsequent pre-ripening of the avocados. All this will allow us to continue consolidating our production processes in a sustainable and organic way, with the short-term objective of reducing our carbon footprint and delivering sustainable, tasty, healthy, social products, coupled with a loyal, global service to our customers," concludes José Antonio Alconchel.