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Hojiblanca Group Renamed Dcoop

Oct. 1, 2013
Julie Butler

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Spain’s giant Hojiblanca Cooperative Group — already the world’s biggest pro­ducer of extra vir­gin olive oil — has been renamed Dcoop after its merger with Tierras Altas, a Granada-based group of 15 olive oil mills.

The name change came today after the merger was approved at gen­eral meet­ings of the com­pa­nies’ mem­bers.

Dcoop rep­re­sents de la coop­er­a­tiva,” which in English is from the coop­er­a­tive.”

The new name comes just months after Hojiblanca sold the world’s biggest olive oil dis­trib­u­tor, Deoleo, its Hojiblanca extra vir­gin olive oil brand and a bot­tling plant in return for an increased stake in that com­pany and two seats on its board.

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Expansion planned in ares includ­ing grain

Dcoop pres­i­dent José Moreno said that apart from being a pro­duc­tion leader in olive oil and table olives, Dcoop’s inter­ests will include live­stock, grain and wine.

We decided to change the name to cover more ter­ri­tory and more activ­i­ties as we work for a bet­ter future,” he said.

Moreno, an econ­o­mist and farmer, had been pres­i­dent of Hojiblanca since 2000. Hojiblanca gen­eral man­ager Antonio Luque will con­tinue in the same role with Dcoop, which has kept the same head­quar­ters in Antequera, Málaga.

On its new web­site, Dcoop says it starts life as a coop­er­a­tive unit­ing more than 60,000 farm­ers and ranch­ers from south­ern Spain, com­bined annual pro­duc­tion of more than 67,000 tons of table olives, and more than 250,000 tons of vir­gin olive oil. It says the lat­ter is equiv­a­lent to the entire pro­duc­tion of Greece and beats that of Tunisia.

Dcoop is the biggest agri-food coop­er­a­tive in Andalusia and third in Spain in terms of turnover, aver­ag­ing €600 mil­lion ($811m),” it says.



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