The background of our Local Champions
The Barreto family started working in the food industry as wholesalers in the 1950s and have represented many important food brands on La Palma – the most north-westerly of Spain’s Canary Islands that is home to 80,000 people and visited by many more tourists each year.
Over the years, the Barreto’s have adapted their offering to meet current trends and in 1981, they evolved their food business by joining the SPAR family. Today, the family owns a total of 25 SPAR stores on the island – increasing employment opportunities and growing retail skills. They have also opened a Distribution Centre, which meets the needs of their growing chain of stores.
Local sourcing strategy
SPAR La Palma has an important link with the community it serves, sourcing much of its produce from local producers and providing jobs to many of the local citizens.
A total of 13% of purchases and one third of all fresh fruit and vegetables are sourced from local producers. One of the most important local products that the team sells is goats cheese with sales generating more than €1 million each year.
The soul of SPAR La Palma
“Our people are the heart and soul of SPAR La Palma,” said José. “Life can be challenging and we like to provide them with little extras that help them in their daily lives outside of work.”
As such, the following incentives are offered to SPAR La Palma employees:
Staying up-to-date with the latest retail trends, SPAR La Palma has created a new online platform. As part of its marketing activities to boost sales and customer loyalty, SPAR La Palma offers customers who shop online coupons to use instore. In this way, the SPAR La Palma team continues to grow its business and set solutions in place to thrive in an ever-changing market place.
This story was first published in issue 3 2017 of our quarterly magazine, Contact International.
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