Yesterday, Antonio Luengo, the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Environment, and Emergencies, met with Alejandro Monzón, the president of Anecoop, and representatives of the cooperative. In the meeting, they highlighted the need to grow in size to be more competitive now and in the future.
"The founding spirit of Anecoop, back in 1975, holds the key to the development and expansion of the cooperative system to be more competitive: working together, the sum of efforts. Those who launched this' cooperative of cooperatives' about half a century ago saw that it was the best way to expand their offer, reach markets that they could not dream of as small businesses, and negotiate with the distribution sector from a position of strength," Luengo stated.
"That is still Anecoop's raison d 'être. These arguments have not lost their force. They have gained strength as competition in the markets is increasing, the clientele is more demanding both in terms of sustainability and food quality, the legislative context is more rigorous regarding environmental matters, and there are runaway prices in production costs," the Minister added.
"Anecoop has become "one of the largest and most important international companies for the distribution of citrus fruits, vegetables, non-citrus fruits, wines, musts, juices, fruits and vegetables of the fourth and fifth range and fruit preserves," he stated.
Its Murcian partners Agroter, Alimer, Frucimu, Hortamira, Toñifruit, and Frutas Condiso cover a wide range of fruit and vegetable products, produced by its 1,300 farming partners, which is why Murcia is considered an area of strategic interest for Anecoop.
The Region accounted for 32.6% of the product volume Anecoop marketed last year, with more than 266,000 tons. By product group, 28% of the marketed citrus fruits and 36% of the fruits and vegetables that Anecoop marketed came from Murcia's partners.
It should also be noted that Alimer is the first cooperative by marketed volume within the set of Anecoop members in all of Spain.
The Region is also one of the cornerstones of the second-degree cooperative in the Bio segment, in which Toñifruit moves significant volumes, specializing in this type of products, Alimer and Frucimu, which at the end of 2021 launched a Bio plant in their facilities.