Agricultural Cooperatives of Catalonia

The agricultural cooperatives contribute in a significant way to the economic activity of the Catalan agri-food sector.

The Yearbook, which is part of the project of the Observatory, highlights the main figures of the sector based on a field work carried out on the basis of surveys conducted in the associated cooperatives of the Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives of Catalonia (FCAC) that brings together almost all agri-food cooperatives in Catalonia.

The figures shown are as of December 31, 2015, except for the turnover that belongs to 2014, and refers
exclusively to the association’s member cooperatives.



The World’s Capital of Olive Oil ——


The Province of Jaén is a province in southern Spain, located in the northeastern of Andalusia Autonomous Region, close to the source of Guadalquivir River, and is the entrance to Andalusia. Its neighboring provinces are the Province of Córdoba, the Province of Ciudad Real, the Province of Albacete and the Province of Granada. Jaén is the provincial capital of the Province of Jaén in Andalusia Autonomous Region. In 2006, there were about 117,540 people in Jaén, accounting for 1/6 of the province’s population. Jaén has a variety of landforms and beautiful natural scenery, the ancient town and city commemorate her glorious history. Over thousands of years, Jaén has played an important role in the history of Andalusia, this can be seen from the relics of the ancient Iberians, the ancient Romans and the Visigoths.


In the vast and fertile land, olive groves stretch beyond the horizons. Jaén is known as the “World’s Capital of Olive Oil”, more than two-thirds of the land is used for olive cultivation. The green vegetation in olive groves and natural parks sets off the amazing relics, cathedral and palace of ancient Iberian, as well as various castles in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.


Ubeda and Baeza are the two most famous ancient towns in the Province of Jaén, and are the rare treasures left by the Spanish Renaissance. The downtown areas of the ancient towns are a collection of palaces and renaissance-style churches of the 16th and 17th century, which are often contrasted with the Italian cities due to similar styles. In 2003, the downtown areas of the two ancient towns were listed as World Cultural Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.


The olive oil produced by the province adds an authentic Andalusian taste to the food made of natural meat and vegetables, and is the best choice for local people in Jaén to entertain tourists.


Jaén is also the hometown of Jose, the husband of famous Taiwanese writer San Mao. Do you remember the Olive Tree wrote by San Mao? The touching lyrics are inspired by the beautiful olive groves in Jaén.


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