Sociedad Cooperativa Andaluza Hortofrutícula de Bonares
Bonafru was established by a group of farmers in Bonares who joined forces in 1983 to sell the Breba figs that they grew in the area, forming the co-operative that you see today. Over the years Bonafru has grown and diversified to improve customer quality and services. After officially becoming a co-operative, the partners gradually started to incorporate strawberry-growing hectares, until, in around 1987, they took the qualitative and quantitative step of becoming the strawberry co-operative that it is today, surviving many of the highs and lows that growers have faced over the last two decades.
La Strawberries became the co-operative’s leading product, both in production volume and in turnover, reaching a production of up to 12 million kilograms in the year 2000, which has been dropping ever since as the co-operative has been diversifying its growing by planting other crops.
In fact, growing various varieties of raspberries was first trialled in the mid-90s, as an almost experimental crop at the time, production of which now just keeps on increasing.
The first plantations of blueberries, the third of Bonafrú’s most important crops was added in 2010, and more and more are cultivated every year.
These three types of berries are stored together with the Breba figs in Bonafrú’s warehouses, which, albeit symbolically, continue to be grown by the Bonares co-operative in recognition of their origins.