The Spanish and European pistachio seeks common references and synergies in the leadership of California

Updated Jun 1, 2023
"Spain and some producing areas of Mediterranean Europe are experiencing the pistachio boom but, compared to California, we are like a drop of water in the ocean. There are synergies that it is convenient for all of us to take advantage of. In order not to lose current profitability, we have to increase consumption and be more competitive, and that means getting organized, improving efficiency and exploring ways to collaborate with the US".
That was the main conclusion expressed by Carlos Suárez, president of the European Pistachio Council (CEP) after signing with his counterpart from American Pistachios Growers (APG), Richard Matoian, an agreement between both entities that will allow sharing information, organizing congresses and joint visits and identify future collaborative projects. Suárez and Matoian analyzed the situation of this dried fruit on both sides of the Atlantic during a conference held this weekend at the Talavera de la Reina (Toledo) fairgrounds and made clear the differences between the two models: beyond being a sector that is only incipient in Europe and already very mature in the USA - which is, with 590,000 tons, the undisputed world leader - the Californian pistachio is based on intensive systems of high yields in irrigated land; The Spanish one, on the other hand, is mostly rainfed and/or irrigated with support, but with the potential to become the fourth largest producer in the world thanks ...
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