The state-of-the-art, highly automated facility has the ability to bottle more than 100 million litres of olive oil annually, with the potential to increase capacity through future expansion. The plant will be bottling a whole range of high-quality olive oils in a variety of sizes to meet the needs of customers globally.
Olive oil demand continues to grow across the world due to its unique taste, premium quality and healthy profile. Mercaóleo will produce private-label olive oil using the highest quality raw materials backed by the most advanced bottling practices and capabilities to serve Hojiblanca’s and Cargill’s customers.
“Mercaóleo brings together two compelling sets of capabilities,” said Stan Ryan, head of Cargill’s refined oils business in Europe. “Hojiblanca truly understands olive oil and provides reliability, quality and access to large volumes. Meanwhile, Cargill brings production technology and risk management expertise, and a vast global trade, distribution and export network. As well as opening up new, international markets for olive oil, this joint venture highlights Cargill’s commitment to long-term growth and investment opportunities within Spain. This exciting venture should create the best private-label olive oil supply chain in the world.”
The new bottling facility already has about 20 employees and will create further employment opportunities for production, quality, logistical and financial specialists with proven experience in manufacturing.
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