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11/06/2015.

Representatives of the USA Embassy visit Coren, as an example of quality and competitiveness of the galician agri-food sector

The Attach√©e of Agriculture of the US Embassy, Rachel Bickford, was shown the production methods of the company along with the delegate of the Galician Autonomous Government, Rogelio Martinez and Galicia Calidade¬īs manager, Alfonso Cabaleiro

The Attach√©e of Agriculture of the Embassy of the United States in Spain, Rachel Bickford, visited the cooperative Coren in Ourense this morning, accompanied by the Delegate of the Autonomous Government in Ourense, Rogelio Martinez, and Galicia Calidade¬īs manager, Alfonso Cabaleiro, with the objective of knowing first hand its production methods as a sign of quality and the potential of the Galician food industry.

This visit is part of a trip to Galicia made by the representative of the United States promoted by the Department of Economy and Industry, through Galicia Calidade, to open new business opportunities for the Galician agri-food companies. This visit includes holding several meetings and visits to leading companies in the sector.

The Coren Group is the largest cooperative in the agri-food industry in Spain, one of the largest domestic producers of poultry (.i.e., turkey and free-range eggs), (fresh and cured) pork and beef. It consists of 3,200 associates and has 3,000 employees. Its turnover reached 945 million euros last year. It currently exports more than 30% of its meat production.

The company from Ourense is committed to quality and to its identification as Galician. This is why the majority of its products have the quality seal Galicia Calidade, among these there are free range eggs, farm chicken or the select range of pork fed with chestnuts.

The Attachée of the USA Embassy was interested in their methods of production and control at all stages, bringing together all processes in the same cooperative, from the beginning; the birth and rearing of animals up to stocking supermarkets shelves or retail stores. In this regard, she stressed that “this way, the quality of the whole process can be better controlled."

Coren is firmly commited to innovation, which led the company to collaborate with the Galician Agency for Innovation and the Meat Technology Center in a Joint Innovation Unit comprising actions to mobilize 24 million euros focused on achieving more efficient and profitable meat-producing farms, in the creation of innovative products, higher quality and responsible waste management.

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