Raf tomatos face up to the competition

The Raf tomato is a local delicacy that is famous throughout Spain for being “more expensive than jamón”. But the luxury vegetable is under increased pressure from cheaper competitors. A product grown only in the dry soil of Almería, the original Raf was a desert tomato introduced from France in the 1960’s by a company called Semillas Clause. The Raf is now considered to be the best tomato produced in Spain, with a unique texture Continue reading Raf tomatos face up to the competition

Russian embargo sinks fruit prices, but supermarkets take the profits

The Russian embargo on local fruit and veg has caused a massive surplus to enter the Spanish market, forcing prices down, but prices in the supermarkets aren’t shifting. Meaning the supermarkets are coining it in whilst the farmers are going to wall, according to farmers union COAG. They have released some prices to show the difference, from last week: It’s the shops what profit! A kilo of potatoes was being sold at source at an Continue reading Russian embargo sinks fruit prices, but supermarkets take the profits

Police warm farmers of British con artists getting free fruit & veg

It seems a new scam is hitting the local farmers. In essence, a group of finely dressed toffs speaking English appear that the fruit markets and directly contact farmers, offering to make large purchases of fruit and veg on behalf of well known British firms. Impressive contracts with company logos are waived around and signed. All banking details are supplied, so credit checks are run and the existence of credit confirmed, so all appears well. This is Continue reading Police warm farmers of British con artists getting free fruit & veg

Fury as giant farm cuts out middlemen to sell to the Brits direct

Las Cuerdas, one of Almería’s oldest farms, which is now owned by the family who own Alsa buses, is in controversy for expanding profits and employing more workers. In the last 10 years they have gone from 50 workers to 200, housed in modern accomodation on the outskirts of the farm, and they have been praised as model employers. This year, they have sold 3,5 million euros worth of products. The controversy? They cut out Continue reading Fury as giant farm cuts out middlemen to sell to the Brits direct

Fruit and veg cheaper in grocers then in supermarkets

According to an article published today in La Voz, a recent survey shows it’s cheaper to buy your fruit and veg from a local grocer then from the supermarket. Also, the farmer gets a better price selling it to the grocer cooperatives. For example, a kilo of tomatoes in a supermarket cost €1.57, and in a grocers €1.37. Peppers €2.05 in a supermarket, €1.57 at the grocers. Plus, the qualities normally better, the fruit fresher Continue reading Fruit and veg cheaper in grocers then in supermarkets