OUR PLANTS

Huelva

This Don Simón plant is unique, innovative and pioneering on an international level, surrounded by millions of orange trees in a privileged area of Andalusia: Huelva.

To obtain the best juice, it is essential that the oranges are picked at their optimum time of ripeness and, most importantly, squeezing the oranges just after they have been picked from the tree. We have long-term agreements with more than 40,000 fruit-growers.

At our plant in Huelva we are committed to organic growing as well as a firm commitment to the environment. Fruits free from pesticides.

This is our Huelva plant, quality and technological advancements that define not only this plant, but the entire Don Simón brand: an international benchmark of how a family business has managed to sell millions of liters of Spanish juice throughout the whole world.

In Huelva we squeeze the freshly picked oranges one by one, in less than 24 hours so that none of their properties are lost. In addition to the 1,500 hectares of our own orange plantations, at Don Simón we have long-term contracts with fruit-growers in the area that guarantee the reliability and quality of the raw material.

The plant has the capacity to process more than 2,000 tons of fruit per day, squeeze it and store it, out with the citrus fruit season, in 12 aseptic tanks of 4 million liters each, at 4 degrees of temperature, which allows all the properties of the fruit juice to be fully preserved. The plant also has 5 aseptic packaging lines with speeds of up to 24,000 containers per hour and has a refrigerated and automated warehouse with 14,000 pallets.

The area where our plant is located is oriented towards caring for the environment. This circular economy and sustainability project, which was chosen as one of the winners in the European Business Awards for the Environment, pursues several objectives:

Zero waste objetcive

We transform 100% of the orange peel into animal food, essential oils and a wonderful perfume.

The Huelva plant fully manages all by-products with a pellet manufacturing facility, from orange peel for animal consumption and an essential oil extraction system, thus avoiding waste that in the past has caused many environmental problems.

Zero water consumption objective

We reuse 100% of the water to irrigate the orange plantation. Wastewater from the Huelva plant is treated by a state-of-the-art treatment plant, achieving output parameters so demanding that this water from the industrial process is suitable for the irrigation of our orange trees.

Zero contaminating emisions objective

With our trees, we reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to 1 million cars during one day.

The plant has an entirely sustainable energy production system, such as the use of olive stones, almond shells, wood from tree pruning, etc. as fuel (biomass).

In addition, with the plant being exclusively for fruit juice production, the only one of its type in Spain, we avoid using pesticides on the fruits making production almost organic, since we do not have to use any products that affect the external aesthetics of the fruit, given that the important thing is the quality of the interior of the orange (the juice). We select the best varieties that are most adapted to the environment, thereby reducing the consumption of water and energy at an irrigation level.

250 hectares have also been reserved as a natural park within the plant, which has been equipped with feeders and drinking troughs for bustards (a European protected species).

With regards to food safety and quality, our Huelva Plant has the most demanding international standards: the BRC (British Retail Consortium) and IFS (Industrial Food Standard), which certify that both the facilities and the processes carried out within them are exemplary among the companies in the sector. In addition, we are proud of having obtained the highest score in the BRC certification three years in a row, and the highest score in the IFS standard two years in a row.

Almería

Gádor, next to the valley of the river Andarax, is known for the high quality of its orange trees and for Almería being the largest vegetable-producing region in Europe. It is known as the Huerta de Europa (Vegetable Garden of Europe). Within this privileged area is where our plant is located for the production of refrigerated organic squeezed juice, gazpachos, soups and broths, all of them 100% natural products under the Don Simón brand.

The plant has its own Research and Development department that allows us to obtain the best quality from the products, due to the way in which the raw materials are treated, preserving all their natural properties. It is equipped with the latest technology in facilities of more than 15,000m2 on a plot of 80,000m2.

In this area, García Carrión buys the produce from 1,200 hectares owned by more than 850 growers, with whom we have long-term agreements. Likewise, the conversion of their conventional plantations to organic crops has been promoted among the growers in the region, whose oranges are harvested when they are at their optimal time of ripeness and from which we obtain our Don Simón Organic squeezed juice certified as a natural and environmentally friendly juice by the Andalusian Committee for Ecological Agriculture (CAAE).

The Plant has 7 aseptic packaging lines and a processing capacity of more than 120,000 tons of fruit and vegetables per year.

At our Almería Plant, we have implemented innovative solutions to preserve the environmental aspects of Sustainable Development (water management, use of fuels that have fewer contaminating emissions such as natural gas, waste management, etc.). The use and optimisation of water consumption, a highly valued resource in the area, constitutes one of our successful achievements in reducing the impact on the environment through the treatment and reuse of wastewater.

The Plant has implemented the ISO 9001 Quality Management system and the BRC (British Retail Consortium) and IFS (International Food Standard) international protocols for Food Safety, with the highest rating in certification audits.

Daimiel

La Mancha (Daimiel), the largest wine region in the world, is where our large winery and juice plant is located. It has the most modern packaging technology and automation in Europe, with industrial facilities of more than 120,000m2 and a storage capacity of 75,000 fully automated pallets.

For our wines we have a comprehensive winery equipped to produce D.O. Mancha, Vino de la Tierra and all kinds of special wines, aseptically packaged, (low alcohol wines, sparkling wines, summer reds, sangria, etc.) with a production capacity of 225 million liters.

For our juices, with 20 aseptic packaging lines, the Daimiel plant produces more than 600 million units per year, in all the most popular formats on the market.

The Daimiel Plant also houses the García Carrión global logistics center with a daily movement of more than 250,000 boxes, being the plant with the largest turnover in Castilla-La Mancha. Our plant has the recognition of the most demanding international certifications: BRC (British Retail Consortium) and IFS (Industrial Food Standard). It also has the ISO 9001 certification that ensures and guarantees the quality of its products and processes.

The plant complies with all regulatory standards at an environmental level: selective collection system for production waste, use of fuels with a lower environmental impact and wastewater treatment plant, resulting in a fully efficient factory.

Jumilla

The Jumilla plant was built in the early 1970s, when Bodega 1890, located in the center of the town since its establishment, was moved to the outskirts of Jumilla. The first high-speed bottling train was installed here (18,000 bottles per hour) and it is where the “Castillo San Simón” brand was created in 1945, a wine from the family vineyards.

It is also the origin, in the 1980s, of Don Simón wine, and later in the 1990s of juices, must and sangria also under the same brand.

In 1995 a plant was created for the production of refrigerated squeezed fruit juices and Don Simón gazpacho. Despite being our oldest plant, it has been modernised and extended over the years. It is from here that exports to the Africa market are mainly carried out, due to its proximity to the port of Valencia.

In terms of quality, the plant has had the ISO 9001:2000 certification since February 1995 . It currently has a Quality Management system in accordance with the UNE-EN ISO 9001:2008 Standard, and also has the BRC and IFS Standards international certificates. With regards to environmental matters, our plant minimises the consumption of water resources and reduces energy consumption and the impact generated by emissions into the atmosphere, waste and noise from all processes and facilities. The plant operates under an internal Environmental Management System in accordance with current Environmental legislation.

In terms of energy, natural gas is used as fuel for the generation of steam. This compound is a clean gas and does not generate any pollutant or greenhouse gas. Finally, the plant has photovoltaic solar panels installed on the roof that can generate a maximum clean energy flow of 700 kW.

Segorbe

This plant is located in the strategic area of Segorbe, close to the port of Valencia. Since García Carrión’s entry to the area in 2017, we have increased production capacity in Segorbe to 350 million litres per year. García Carrión acquired the DAFSA plant as part of a very ambitious project that has become a reality: to be leaders in terms of value and volume in fruit juices, gazpachos, smoothies and horchatas.

The project combines three fundamental pillars of the family business: respect for origins and for raw materials, advances in R&D and industry, that is, the automation and efficiency of processes.

The Segorbe plant currently has 9 heat treatment lines and 15 automated packaging lines. It has the capacity for the integral production of tiger nut horchata and other blended drinks such as oatmeal, rice or almond. It has a pioneering plan worldwide: coordinate the entire production process, with full traceability and maximum safety.

In addition, García Carrión’s vertical integration project is committed to the sustainable development of agriculture. For this reason, at the Segorbe plant we are also involved in the food chain, seeking synergies with producers and collaborating through strategic alliances with suppliers. All this, as always, through a sustainable production that ensures food safety, taste and quality.

The Segorbe plant has been certified as an Innovative Company by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness for its R&D work. We have universities, biotechnology companies and R&D departments of several international companies as partners. In addition, the plant is ISO 14001, IFS and BRC certified.

With more than 86,000 analyses carried out on raw materials and finished products, results have been even further refined. We have analysed manufacturing times, product changes and waste reduction in a flexible and multiproduct environment. This in addition to supplier audits, work on Food Safety and Quality that has helped us reduce negative inputs.

With regards to environmental matters, we have reduced our Carbon Footprint by 150 tons of CO2. Our Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant employs an exhaustive microbiological treatment on waste. We also use FSC packaging that ensures responsible practices to protect forests and we work with authorised waste managers.