The Polish company Citronex, one of the largest importers and distributors of bananas in Europe, is developing their activities in Romania. The investment of a 50Ha greenhouse for tomato production was confirmed on January 17 by local authorities in Dumbrăveni, Sibiu County.
"The investment will be made in several stages. The first 10 ha of greenhouse will cost approximately 25 million euros and generate 120 jobs. The Dumbrăveni greenhouse will be the largest in Romania and would mainly supply the domestic market, but other markets around us are also under consideration," says Emil Dârloșan, the mayor of Dumbrăveni.
The region's revitalization and investments are highly appreciated not only by the local community. Petre Daea, Minister of Agriculture, who was attending meetings with Polish investors, is very delighted with the new tomato project.
"I am very happy because tomato activity that was abandoned in Dumbrăveni many years ago is being resumed - congratulations to everyone. The expectations are reasonable for locals and investors, and we are waiting for the materialisation. This kind of investment gives us the certainty that we will have a good domestic product at the right time. Let's do what is necessary for the country every day and in every place," says Minister Daea.
The family-owned company is already in TOP3 the largest tomato producers in Europe. In Poland, Citronex has more than 80Ha of similar glasshouse at their disposal. With the new investments in Romania, they will reach 50 000 tons of annual production.
Citronex is successfully developing business in Romania since 2018, offering premium bananas to the largest supermarket chains. The ripening centers located in Timisoara and Bucharest are the largest facilities of this type in the country. The daughter company, Yellow Fresh Fruits, sells more than 100 truckloads of bananas in Romania every week. Citronex also has two ripening centers in Poland and one in Hungary, with a total ripening capacity of half a million cartons per week, which makes them the largest independent ripener in Europe.
The first phase of the 10Ha construction of greenhouses in Dumbrăveni is planned to be finished at the end of 2024.
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