SPAR Gran Canaria promotes local produce at Me Gusta Fair

May 9, 2023 IN THE CATEGORY: Environment, Responsible retailing, Sourcing

SPAR Spain partner in Gran Canaria participated at the Gran Canaria Me Gusta Fair for the eighth consecutive year as one of the main sponsors for one of the biggest events dedicated to local produce. The fair was celebrated from April 21 to 23 at the Infecar Exhibition Centre.

SPAR Gran Canaria once again supported  the primary sector by opening a new exhibition where local produce took centre stage. Called ‘From the tree to your table’, visitors were offered special prices for local fruit and vegetables including tomatoes, papayas, lettuce, potatoes, carrots, white cabbage, courgettes and cucumbers from different farms on the island.  In addition, visitors who bought products at the stand received a gift for helping support the island’s primary sector.

Committed to supporting the primary sector

Throughout its 37 years of history, SPAR Gran Canaria has promoted and protected local produce through the renewal of important agreements such as the La Aldea tomato agreement, which was renewed for the third consecutive year last March. In addition, they have in place an agreement to purchase potatoes which will be in its 14th edition this year. For fruits, there is the Telde orange agreement, which will be signed for the 11th consecutive year; and the Valleseco apple agreement, which was signed last year.

Likewise, SPAR Gran Canaria celebrates the close relationship it maintains with more than 200 farmers and stockbreeders, working hand in hand with them to promote the consumption of local produce. With the support of SPAR, local farmers cultivate their land with guaranteed sales of their crops. This support is a further exercise in sustainability, commitment and responsibility towards the Canary Islands.

Healthy eating workshops for children

SPAR Gran Canaria also contributed two gastronomic exhibitions and the organisation of the now traditional children’s workshops. Furthermore, it was the official food supplier for all these workshops. The activity brought the youngest visitors closer to healthy eating based on the consumption of seasonal fruit.  One of the workshops was held together with 20 families from the Mi Hijo y Yo Association, which supports families whose children have Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  On this occasion,  Aurora Ruíz, the winner of the eighth edition of Masterchef Junior, accompanied by Alejandro de la Nuez, executive chef at the Santa Mónica Suites, were in charge of the workshops.

Tastings and gastronomic exhibitions

The retail chain hosted several tastings of local products on Saturday and Sunday. SPAR Gran Canaria also sponsored two cooking shows led by chef Lolo Román and featured the preparation of delicacies with produce and ingredients from the islands.

Source: SPAR Spain

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About SPAR Spain

SPAR Spain was founded in 1959 when a group of wholesalers who wished to join an international organisation came together. As a result, the brand became the first voluntary trading chain to be established in Spain.

The head office is in Barcelona. It provides buying, marketing, communications, and brand support to the 13 regional partners. Together, the SPAR operators actively continue the expansion of the brand across the country.