During his visit to the Cooperativa Sociedad Andaluza Santa Maria de la Rábida, the delegate of Employment, Training, Autonomous Work, Economy, Knowledge, Business and University, Antonio Agustín, has highlighted that this firm, dedicated to the production of strawberries and other berries, has become a leading name in Huelva's agricultural sector in terms of quality, innovation and internationalization." The entity, based in Palos de la Frontera, ships 60% of its annual production to international destinations.
The territorial delegate stressed that this cooperative, formed by 150 members, is "synonymous with social commitment and leadership, and is an example in cooperative and profitable management, striving to meet the needs of the present and anticipate those of the future. It is a reliable name for its customers, partners and workers; a model that works and generates profits, which invests in its own territory and serves to modernize the facilities themselves and continue to generate wealth and employment," said Agustín.
Since its creation, in 1982, the brand Fresón de Palos has become the largest producer of strawberries in Europe. It has an average workforce of 90 workers, but employs a total of 600 workers when the campaign is in full swing, with women accounting for nearly 60% of the workforce. Indirectly, and through its partners, up to 5,000 workers are hired during the campaign.
The delegate of Employment recalled that "the production and marketing of strawberries and red fruits is a strategic and fundamental activity for Huelva, given its potential to generate wealth and the diversification and opening of new markets. The sector also makes use of increasingly advanced technologies for the fruits' cultivation and processing, with a commitment to respecting the environment as much as possible."
The firm is also constantly involved in social projects and is renowned for its strong corporate social responsibility.