With the third-generation family heirs coming of age, the Unifrutti shareholders understood that further change was necessary and decided to evolve once again.
Together with relevant developments in the market, generational turnover has driven the Group’s decision to transition from a family company and adopt a more corporate approach.
A new phase for the group began with a reorganisation in 2012-13, thanks to the fundamental support of the third generation and the experience of the management team.
It was yet another challenge for a company that has never been afraid of challenges, but on the contrary, has made its passion for new adventures one of the pillars of its own identity.
Therefore, in 2015, the Unifrutti group entered a further phase of expansion and reorganisation.
In Argentina, Unifrutti acquires a farm to ensure a steady and secure source of citrus supply.
In Chile, the business is strengthened with the acquisition of new plantations and the technological upgrades of its processing lines for cherries and apples.
In India, China and ME
In India, China (Unifrutti Shanghai) and the Middle East (Unifrutti Gulf), the markets which most represent the future for the Group's business, the company's presence is established with joint ventures that import high quality Unifrutti products.
In Italy, the production strategy is reinforced by setting up two farms (UniMarche and UniPuglia) and by acquiring a key player in the citrus market: the Sicilian company Oranfrizer. It is the first step in becoming the main supplier in year-round production and distribution of citrus fruits in the Italian market.
In Japan, Unifrutti Japan becomes a leader of innovation and conquers the local market, thanks to the revolutionary project of Banana Shiawase.
In Philippines, now part of the Unifrutti Tropical division dedicated to bananas, the production is supported by the financial department in Cyprus. The division increases its importance in the group, becoming its flagship, with over 8000 hectares of production and 8500 employees.
In South Africa
In South Africa, Unifrutti starts upgrading its plantations and begins the construction of two new packing plants for processing citrus fruits, as well as the acquisition of one of the largest local mandarin producers.
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