(Valencia, Spain. 20 December 2018). Until the end of January 2019, SanLucar, the premium brand for fruit and vegetables, will deliver around 300 tons of table grapes from Ecuador to Europa. Those stem from the GLOBALG.A.P. certified SanLucar farms Santa Elena and Lourdes. This new export programme makes the company the main producer of Ecuadorian table grapes for sales abroad.
By shipping a container of the grape variety Crimson in 2016, SanLucar was the first company to export seedless table grapes from Ecuador to the European market. This time, however, it is a more ambitious project with great novelties.
In total, up to 20 containers will arrive at the port of Rotterdam in the following weeks, which will be distributed to the most important supermarket chains in Europe. In addition, the range of first-class export grapes will be expanded to three varieties: table grape Crimson, Jack´s Salute and Sweet Globe.
The climatic conditions in Ecuador have proven to be optimal for the cultivation of table grapes: they deliver a product that is widely accepted in countries such as Germany due to its excellent quality and taste. In autumn, SanLucar shipped the first samples of these varieties, which were tested on the company´s trial fields in Ecuador and have been rated with excellent results. This led to the selection of these three special varieties for the commercialisation on foreign markets.
To ensure the continuity in the grape production process and to monitor the quality of these fruits, SanLucar has been working in constant collaboration with Agrocalidad since 2016. This official Ecuadorian agency is in charge of control and regulation for the improvement of plant health and food safety.
„We are very happy with the progress of our programme for developing the grape production in Ecuador, which we started in 2014. Moreover, we are grateful to Agrocalidad for the cooperation and support they constantly give us”, explains Leonel González, Country Manager of SanLucar Ecuador.
As a result of this close collaboration, technicians from Agrocalidad visited the SanLucar premises in Santa Elena last Tuesday, 18 December. On this occasion, they monitored the work of cutting as well as packing the fruit and also supervised the managing of the plantation and the grape exports.
Today, SanLucar has three farms in Ecuador. On the farms Santa Elena and Lourdes, not far from the region El Azúcar, 200 employees work on a total area of around 370 hectares.