New investments have transformed the co-operative’s olive press into the largest and most up-to- date in Portugal with 850 tonne daily processing capacity.
With its advanced technology the press is efficient and clean and prevents the output of unwanted effluents. The press has a capacity for over 35.000 tonnes of olives a year from 20.000 hectares of olive groves owned by 1200 local producers, resulting in a yield of more than 7 million tonnes of virgin olive oil each season.
A further expansion is being planned to duplicate the press capacity during the next decade.
In its other sectors the co-operative markets cereals, oil seeds,and livestock, as well as providing its members with agricultural equipment, supplies and services for 4000 co-operative members.
The strategy of the co-operative has always been to continue favouring investment in the Mediterranean crops such as Moura olive oil, which can provide a competitive edge on the market due to their origin and therefore guarantee of excellence.