In the year of the fiftieth anniversary of its constitution, COOPVAL – Agricultural Cooperative of Cadaval Fruit Growers has a renewed image and presented its new fruit plant.
The Cooperative, made up of Rocha Pear producers, invested six million euros in expanding storage space and automating packaging processes.
The equipment was inaugurated on July 23, by the Minister of Agriculture, Luís Capoulas Santos, as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of COOPVAL, the largest organization of Rocha Pear producers, which has about 300 members.
“Occupying 24,000 square meters and with more than six dozen cold rooms with capacity for 25,000 tons of fruit (especially Rocha Pear but also apple), Coopval’s plant is now equipped with robotic processes that allow, on the one hand, greater precision and automation in packaging and, on the other hand, more rigorous selection of the fruit”, COOPVAL highlights in a statement.
“By fulfilling this huge investment of six million euros in the modernization of our plant, we are preparing the next 50 years. We have one of the largest and most modern fruit plants in the country, capable of meeting the challenges ahead, which we expect to grow”, said Aristides Sécio, president of the cooperative.
“As we look forward at the time we celebrate the past, we are making a commitment to our partners, customers and consumers that we want to continue on the path of modernity and expansion”, the official concludes.