The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has announced the winners of the 2019 Alimentos de España Awards, the goal of which is to recognize those professionals and companies that stand out for their high quality products and their contribution to the sustainable development of Spain’s food sector. The winners were chosen from among 120 candidates.
The Alimentos de España Extraordinary Award went to Federation of Bancos de Alimentos de España, recognizing its efforts and tireless dedication to providing food for people in need, especially during the state of alarm and throughout the health crisis.
Family-run business Aceites García de la Cruz, based in Toledo, received the Food Industry award in recognition of its 145+ years of producing extra virgin olive oil and its ability to adapt to consumers’ changing needs.
Ei Xarsa Agrosocial in Barcelona was the runner up for the Entrepreneurial Initiative award. This cooperative, created in 2013, has close ties to the area and has successfully created synergies between farmers generating economies of scale.
The award for Organic Production went to the family-run business IngeOliva, in Seville, which produces olive oil and actively participates in RDI projects and is committed to environmental protection and biodiversity recovery.
The Internalization award went to Moralejo Selección, in Zamora, a meat processing company that has successfully supported sheep repopulation in areas with decline. It currently operates in over 40 countries.
The Fish and Aquaculture Production award went to Organización de Palangreros Guardeses, in Pontevedra, which uses longline fishing techniques and focuses primarily on swordfish and similar types of fish.
José María Restaurant in Segovia took home the Restaurant Industry award in recognition of its efforts to promote high-quality, seasonal Spanish cuisine and Segovian dishes.
And lastly, the Communication award went to Biela y Tierra, in Zaragoza, which highlights alternative projects in Spain that address and focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.