GLOBALG.A.P. is proud to announce that COEXPHAL has joined as a member in March of 2016. COEXPHAL is an association that unites fruit and vegetable producers in Andalusia, Spain. Sixty companies are members of COEXPHAL, and combined they produce 70 percent of the fruit and vegetable crops grown in the whole province of Almeria. This amounts to 1.9 million tons of food per year at a value of over 1.5 billion Euros.

Almeria is a region that deeply values its relationship with nature. To preserve the beautiful mountains and desert landscapes, almost 50 percent of Almeria is protected space. COEXPHAL respects the protected land, and treats its commercial land with care. The association encourages its member companies to use biological pest control — part of the GLOBALG.A.P Standard — to minimize damage to the natural environment of the region. So, in a region like Almeria, successful agriculture operations require both technological innovation and environmentally conscious practices. Research and development has allowed member companies of COEXPHAL to produce 39 different agricultural products in Almeria, and they hope to add new varieties as research continues.

COEXPHAL also prioritizes the welfare of its workers — another GLOBALG.A.P. principle. The association is always prepared to assist in the labor relations of its member companies, and offers advice on human resources as well as immigration issues. COEXPHAL recognizes that workers are the backbone of the agricultural industry; they ensure that all 35,000 workers working under the COEXPHAL umbrella, representing 150 different nationalities, are treated fairly and have equal opportunities for success.

COEXPHAL's certification with GLOBALG.A.P. is a recognition of the association's commitment to the highest food safety standards as well as environmentally friendly methods of agricultural production. Looking to the future, COEXPHAL plans to continue expanding its production of hight quality fruit and vegetables by complying with the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard. They are one of our SUMMIT 2016 sponsors.