Coop. Agrícola Ntra. Sra. de La Salud S.C.A.

Our Cooperative

Past and Future

Our cooperative was born in 1965 and it belongs to Baena origin certificate. Along its life as a cooperative its members have tried to join the tradition, inherited from a long time olive farming, and the best oils production. Besides, we have bet on new challenges for the future.

The cooperative is formed by a section which deals with the credit which stands the financial support of its members. On the other hand, and related to the building itself, the cooperative has an almazara where we mill 12 millions of kilograms of olives. From this amount of fruit we obtain 2,5 millions of olive oil which are saved in our cellars.

With a daily arrival and milling of 350 thousand of kilograms obtained from the whole harvest, the olives brought to the almazara by our members, become oil in the same day of is arrival. That is the reason why the quality of the fruit itself is kept intact. At the same time, we count on a bottling line which bottles the oil in different sizes taking into account our costumers needs

We currently count on around 400 members who grow more than 3 thousand hectares of olive trees in Castro del Río´s surroundings within Guadajoz Campiña Este region and within Baena origin certificate.

Our oil

Quality and Tradition

The origin of this kind of farming in our region dates from the first Mediterranean people settlements . Greek and Phoenician colonizers left its way of trading together with its culture along the East and Southern Iberian area, and these trading and culture have survived in our field for many centuries along History. However, it is along the South of old Guadajoz river, the Roman Salsum, where it is proved with archeological founds (next to Arca hill), that culture became stronger in Roman times and it was improved by Arabian people, and from that time it has reach us.

Nuestra Señora de la Salud Cooperative and its partners as heirs from that tradition, extract from the different types of olive ( picuda, hijiblanca and picual) an extra virgin oil of a great quality which joins the picudo flavour, the almond-colour from the hojiblanca together with picual bitterness. From all these tree types of olives the most common is the one that comes from the picudo olive tree. That is a strong olive tree which stands very well the calcareous soil where they grow in the left side of the river and that our farmers call “ La Mata”. “ La Mata “ is a huge forest of ancient olive tress, grown in a traditional way, which runs to the South along sharp hillocks until the first hills from the Subbética can be seen.

It is just here , along boundaries, steep slopes, vegetable remains, where we can clearly see the preservation of the specie from Mediterranean wood. Holm oaks, rockroses, black poplars and elm trees, live together with olive trees giving house to many birds and small mammals. As farmers we are aware that preserving the environment where our olive trees are grown makes our activity more sustainable as well as the environment where the are planted. On the other hand, new and modern machines dealing with fields working, are aimed to the preservation of the soil itself against erosion provoked by the wild rains typical of Mediterranean climate. That is the reason why olive farmers protect the soil with vegetable covers which avoid rushes and soil loss.

Our Partners are able to take care of what they have inherited from generation after generation and they are able to use the future to give their children an sustainable olive grove.

Our Cooperative is proud of its olive groves. It pampers the oil, fruity and soft , of an intense green which is at the disposal of the members and customers. Our oil brand is Oleo Guta when it is sold as extra virgin olive. We have another brand, Ars Olea, when the oil is extra virgin with Baena origin certificate. Both are extracted under the most demanding systems. We care the quality and alimentary safety.