WHO THEY ARE
Royal’s partnership with Spinneys began in 2015 because both sides shared the same commitment to focusing on the best eating quality of its fruit. Royal prioritises the aroma, crunch, juiciness and sugar content of the fruit, while shelf life, shape and colour are also regarded as important factors.
Although Spain is primarily known for its cultivation of oranges, Royal Stone Fruit is now regarded as the leading supplier of premium nectarines, plums and peaches in Europe. Located in Seville in southern Spain, an area known as ‘the California of Europe’ due to its mild winters and very warm summers, the company produces 32,000 tonnes of delicious fruit from almost 1,100 hectares.
The company began researching stone fruit in the mid-1970s, and in 1985 Royal was established. Initially focusing on nectarines, plums, peaches and apricots, it now also produces asparagus, strawberries and raspberries. Royal says its objective is “to obtain high quality fruits, tasty and healthy for the consumer, through the use of respectful cultivation practices with workers and the environment.” This is proudly backed up by its certifications obtained for good farming practices, including GlobalG.A.P., Tesco Nurture and Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), of which it was among the first growers in Europe to receive. This is the trade’s main ethical standard for socially responsible and environmentally sustainable business practices.
WHAT THEY DO
In keeping with Spinneys’ long-standing philosophy on sustainability, Royal has a raft of environmentally friendly policies, including efficient drip irrigation systems to save water and regulate production. Its stone fruit orchards are treated against insects and diseases via integrated control and organic techniques.
The company also places importance on protecting the health of its consumers as well as the environment, and has developed an agricultural programme which ensures zero residue of pesticides on their fruit.
TASTE THE PRODUCTS
As the company grows varieties that do not need long periods of cold weather in the winter, its fruit is available very early in the season. This month you can find Royal’s nectarines, peaches and plums in store. And excitingly, there are new plums within the range – Pluot and Metis. As cross breeds between plums and apricots, they are grown to have an enhanced flavour with the combined sweetness of the two fruits, meaning you can enjoy the best of both.
To learn more about Royal’s stone fruit, visit royal.es