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SPAR Austria’s successful cooperation with local suppliers

March 20, 2018 IN THE CATEGORY: Responsible retailing, Sourcing

SPAR is a big supporter of Austrian agriculture, offering its customers more than 37,000 high-quality Austrian specialties and seasonal delicacies that are sourced from approximately 2,700 regional producers. We take a look here at some of the steps SPAR Austria is taking to promote the industry further.

Annual meeting of SPAR Austria fruit and vegetable suppliers

Every year, SPAR Austria invites its fruit and vegetable suppliers to discuss current challenges and issues in the industry. The meeting offers a platform for informative exchange on soil health, sustainability and hygiene standards in agriculture.

The latest partnership-based dialogue took place in the state-of-the-art central warehouse in Wels where various topics were discussed, including the question of how future pesticide use can be reduced, with presentations from scientific experts.

“For us, as producers and suppliers, it is great that we meet a company like SPAR on an equal footing, acting in the interest of consumer protection and expectations of our mutual customers. This includes working together to develop and evaluate alternatives to glyphosate and other crop protection products,” said vegetable supplier and event attendee, Lisa Mayr.

Austrian fruits and vegetables

Potatoes from Tyrol, tomatoes from Burgenland, apples from Styria and salad from Salzburg. The variety of local fruits and vegetables sold at SPAR is remarkable.

Many of the farmers cooperating with SPAR Austria operate on a small scale, but the quantities of high-quality goods are often not sufficient for nationwide delivery. In order to offer customers an extensive selection of local specialties, SPAR also cooperates with small suppliers. The aim of this partnership is to expand the delivery area, and maintain capacity.

SPAR Austria is therefore not only one of the largest partners of domestic agriculture, it also contributes significantly to supporting individual producers and suppliers.

Source: SPAR Österreich

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About SPAR Austria

The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954 when the first SPAR organisation was established, after being granted the licence to operate the SPAR Brand by SPAR International. The current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined with other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.