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COATO is a cooperative agricultural enterprise located in the town of Totana (Murcia, Spain) next to the Autovía del Meditteráneo (highway) right in the Guadalentin valley, an area with an ingrained agricultural tradition.

It was founded in 1979 by 65 paprika pepper producers. Since then it has been set as one of the most important cooperatives of the sector, expanding its activity to other products (fresh fruits and vegetables, almond, oil, honey, etc.), obtaining along this trajectory the most important awards in terms of quality and sustainability.

ACTIVITIES

  • Handling, packing and marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Milling, packing and marketing of pepper for paprika.
  • Unshelling, industrialization and marketing of almond.
  • Milling and marketing of extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Packing and marketing of honey.
  • Several finished and processed fruit and vegetable, almond, honey, paprika, olive and oil products.
  • Credit department and Cajamurcia office.
  • Supply of fuel, fertilizers, phytosanitary measures and other products.

PRODUCTION AREA
Over 21.000 hectares of crops for fruit and vegetables, pepper for paprika, almond-trees and olive-trees located in the regions of Murcia, Andalucia, Valencia and Castilla la Mancha. Of these, more than 16.000 work with sustainable agriculture (organic and integrated farming).

HOLDINGS
More than 3.000 agricultural holdings in the Region of Murcia, Andalucia, Valencian community and Castilla la Mancha.

FACILITES
COATO counts with facilities of 50.000 square metres with modern industrial factories designed and arranged into different sections to handle, pack and transform the products.

Moreover, COATO offers a cafeteria-restaurant, as well as a shop for the public (BIOSHOP). You can also visit us On-Line on: http://www.laecoreserva.com/.

LOCATION OF OFFICES AND FACILITIES
- Southeast Spain, 45 Km. from Murcia towards Andalucia on the Autovía del Mediterráneo (highway).
- In TOTANA (Region of Murcia), towards Totana centre, 350 m. from the exit nº 617 on the highway.
- Telephone: +34 968 424 621
- Fax: +34 968 421 612
- coato@coato.com

he first award received by COATO during our first years of activity was the Mercury Award for Exportation of the chamber of Commerce of Murcia in 1984.
COATO was nominated Finalist for the Prince Philip Award for Industrial Quality (IV Edition) 2001.
In 2001 the Ministry of Agriculture awarded COATO with the Best Spanish Company Award.
In 2002, the Ministry of Environment awarded COATO with the National Award for Business Management, which was handed over by the Minister of Environment
In 2002 H.R.H. The Prince of Asturias conceded COATO the European Business Awards for the Environment 2001-2002 that COATO was awarded with by the Jury of the Spanish Edition of these awards.
In 2002 the European Jury of the European Business Awards for the Environment of the European Union conceded COATO this award that was handed over in Budapest by the European Environment Commission among the candidates of 25 countries members of the European Union. It was the first time a Spanish company obtained such award since the start of the awards in 1987.
The City Council of Totana, town where the facilities of Coato are located, awarded COATO in November 2002 with the Golden Shield of the City of Totana.
”Actualidad Económica” Magazine Award 2004 for the most dynamic food company.
In 2004 COATO received for the second time the Best Spanish Food Company award conceded by the Ministry of Agriculture.
In May 2005, the Jury of the International Contest EXPOLIVA (Jaén), concedes COATO the Premio a la Calidad de Aceite de Oliva Virgen Extra (Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Quality Awards) in its category of not bitter green fruit.
In 2005, COATO receives the Premio Medio Ambiente de Garrigues y Expansión (Garrigues and Expansion Environment Awards)
In May 2009, the Chamber of Commerce of the Region of Murcia conceded COATO the Mercury Crafts Award.
The Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs awarded COATO with the Spanish Food Organic Production Awards 2009
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