The company 'La Vega de Pliego, SCL' is reaching the end of the almond campaign.
A campaign that, according to the president of this cooperative in Pliego, Pedro Noguera, is a bittersweet balance, since "the quality of Murcian almonds has been excellent this season but production and prices are approximately half that in past years". According to the president of Vega de Pliego, the most popular almond is the Marcona specialty and also the organic almond.
Normally the Vega de Pliego exports a good part of the production and the demand for almonds from nougat companies is also very important at this time. Pedro Noguera also has an impact on the fact that there has been an upturn in the sale of almonds already split to the final consumer to make sweets and different kitchen tasks, since there has been a very clear increase since the confinement of this use, and both in the supermarket of The facilities of the cooperative and through the postal shipment of the product, hundreds of Murcians buy both this great quality product collected and the oil, in its vast majority, between the region of Río Mula and the surroundings of Sierra Espuña. Finally, the president of the Vega de Pliego cooperative has vindicated the Spanish almond over the American one, emphasizing the drying of the almond as fundamental and where one of the greatest differences in quality and also in health terms with respect to the American almond is based.
Noguera recalls that the drying work carried out in Vega de Pliego is the great guarantee for the quality and health of the almond, since humidity carries harmful fungi.