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The Group’s reach was extended to Southern Europe when Nationwide España was established on 1 January 2009.
Nationwide España is based in the fertile growing region of Almería on the south coast of Spain. Almería is one of the warmest regions in Europe with an average annual temperature of 19 degrees Celsius and some 330 days of sun per year on average.
Therefore, it is no surprise that the principal economic activity for this region is greenhouse farming with millions of tonnes of vegetable crops exported around Europe and other parts of the globe each year.
Having a base in this prominent growing area has inevitably led to an increase in imports to the UK from the Almería region and throughout Spain. Nationwide España has also developed a healthy export business to Scandinavia, Germany, Ireland and Holland, and works closely with our Poeldijk office to ensure year-round supply of greenhouse crops.
Nationwide España established a grower group in 2012 with selected growers to pack in the Fresh Delight brand. This carries on from the success of the Fresh Delight brand in Holland – in the first year we only packed capsicums as a trial. Such was the success of the trial that we have expanded the grower group to include eight more products, all greenhouse crops, to be packed in the Fresh Delight brand.
In 2018 we realised we had outgrown our offices in El Ejido and needed more warehouse space. The biggest greenhouse crop grower in the area is Godoy. The average size of greenhouse grower in the area is around 2 to 3 hectares – Godoy grows 200 ha of greenhouse crops and has a grower group producing a further 60ha. To cope with all this volume Godoy bought a huge 150,000 sq ft (14,000 sq mtrs) warehouse in Almeria and offered us office space and the use of their warehouse for pallet-collation, labelling and cold-storage. Godoy is one of our biggest suppliers, we’re one of his biggest customers – it’s a healthy collaboration for both parties!