Grupo Eroski recognized by fisheries minister
Spain's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries last week awarded supermarket company Grupo Eroski with a 2009 Food from Spain prize for distribution and commercial food.
Citing the company as a model of cooperative management in which consumers participate in its decision making process by providing feedback, Spanish Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Elena Espinosa officially recognized Eroski's harmonious growth plan, which generates value-added products, contributes to social development with the least possible environmental impact, and promotes the consumption of regional and local products, including seafood.
The prize also recognizes the company's work providing product information to consumers via its monthly magazine, EROSKI Consumer.
One of Spain's largest retailers, with 62 hypermarkets and 1,537 supermarkets, Eroski celebrated its 40th anniversary as a public company in 2009.
Eroski category manager Gorka Azkona Saez was one of the judges at this year's ninth annual Seafood Prix d'Elite new products competition at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels.