The momentum of the horeca channel would revitalize the campaign with a rise in prices, after registering the lowest in 8 years
The month of August has just begun and, with it, in a few days, the harvest of the almond. A product that last season was affected by the drop in sales in the hospitality industry, one of the economic sectors most affected by the restrictions in the face of the health crisis caused by Covid-19.
“For this year we are confident that the reactivation of consumption in the horeca channel – hotels and restaurants – where there is a great demand for almonds, will revitalize the prices of conventional almonds, as they are the lowest in the last eight years. For our part, continuing with the growth in exports will undoubtedly help us to achieve better results, ”says Antonio Costa, vice president of the Coato agrarian cooperative company, with its headquarters in Totana, who recalls that they are receiving almonds until October.
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This change in dynamics would allow the price of conventional almonds to rise, which today offers the lowest commercial values of the last eight years in its most common varieties. “The prices of organic almonds have not fallen the same as those of conventional ones, but they have suffered a low level of demand, which we also estimate will be reactivated with the increase in final consumer confidence in the economic situation”, he explains Ginés Cascales, managing director of the Totanera cooperative.
Coato is an agrarian cooperative society, dedicated to the cultivation of fruits and vegetables, pepper for paprika, almond and olive trees, which has about 2,000 members. Its agricultural holdings are located mainly in the Region, but its presence in Andalusia, the Valencian Community and Castilla-La Mancha is also important, of which more than 14,000 hectares practice sustainable agriculture (organic farming and integrated farming).