Spain’s Agroponiente group has inaugurated a 20,000m2 packhouse in El Ejido, Almería.

The state-of-the facility will be used to pack courgettes, aubergines, beans and cucumbers for the international market.
The company said it will be operating at “cruising speed” throughout July and be fully operational by the beginning of the next season.

CEO Jorge Reig said the centre would allow the company to reaffirm its commitment to quality, service and job creation.

“The main beneficiaries of this new facility are, firstly, our workers who have a more modern space adapted to their needs, and secondly, our customers,” he said.

“The specialisation of the centre, together with its linear configuration, and coldstorage capacity, allows us to improve both quality and service.”

Agroponiente’s commercial director, Raúl Medina, highlighted the strategic importance of the new packhouse, which “characterises the innovation and service that are the hallmark of our company”.

The facility’s linear configuration allows the company to streamline the packing process, reducing throughput times and thereby optimising shelf-life.

The packing lines are specially adapted to handle delicate products like courgettes and aubergines without damaging their skin.