The mix of such negative factors as bad weather, economic crisis, and Russian embargo in force since August, has not prevented the Group Apo Conerpo from recording in 2014 a sharp increase (+ 12.7% in comparison with 2013) in the volumes supplied by the producers of cooperatives in partnership. A substantial increase was recorded: + 15.4% compared to 2013; the increase concerning fruit was lower (+ 7.9%).
- President David Vernocchi states: ‘Altogether, Apo Conerpo, alongside with its branch offices Alegra, Brio, Naturitalia, and Valfrutta Fresco, placed on the market more than 1 million tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables, over 630,000 of which were vegetables and almost 406,000 fruit, developing sales of over 670 million Euros, steady on the 2013 level’.
- Exports, too, is substantial. Vernocchi states: ‘Altogether, 135,000 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables (with an increase of 11.3% in comparison with 2013) were directed abroad, for a value of over 115 million Euros (+ 1.75%). In Northern Africa interesting results were recorded, especially in Egypt, where exports increased by 333%, Algeria (+ 109%), and Libya (+ 70%), but also in North America (+ 26% for export in Canada) and Asia (+ 98% volumes in China)’.