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11 Apr 2019
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Vidiago, third prize in the Best Cheeses of Spain Championship

Vidiago, third prize in the Best Cheeses of Spain Championship

It is part of Central Lechera Asturiana special “El Maestro Quesero” selection. It won the award for the tenth edition of the GourmetQuesos contest at the Salón Gourmets 2019 trade show

Asturias, 11 April. The Salón Gourmets 2019 trade show, which took place this week at Ifema (Madrid), today awarded the winners of the tenth edition of GourmetQuesos, the best cheese in Spain championship. Vidiago won third Prize in the ‘young cow’ category, in a contest with numerous participants. About 900 cheeses were presented for the award this year.

VIDIAGO cheese is made with milk from Vidiago, a village in Llanes where cows graze in pastures by the sea, which makes the flavour smooth and distinctive.

Vidiago cheese has been hand made since 1940 by the Collera family. Its recipe has been passed down from generation to generation until today. For many years, only the Collera family made this cheese, and today the family’s working example has reached more producers. It is a semi-cured cheese with no additives or preservatives, with a clean cut, no eyes and a smooth texture. Used extensively in cooking, it is often used to make the traditional Asturias ‘cachopo’ (cordon bleu).

Vidiago is part of the “El Maestro Quesero” selection, a project that brings together five Asturias cheese factories whose traditionally crafted products share the common link of Central Lechera Asturiana milk. At the end of last year, this special edition was launched with five varieties: Cabrales PDO, Afuega’l Pitu PDO, Casín PDO, Los Beyos PGI and Vidiago Traditional Cheese. This cheese selection has the Alimentos del Paraíso Natural seal, which distinguishes foods that are marked by tradition, handed down from generation to generation, and due to the unique geographic characteristics of the principality.

The “El Maestro Quesero (The Master Cheesemaker)” is an initiative that is aligned with Central Lechera Asturiana’s CSR strategy, as a proposal of differential value of support to traditional cheese factories in a commitment to quality, defending the ‘all natural’ from livestock to the table.

The GourmetQuesos Championship is consolidated as the most important event in Spain due to the number of samples presented. This year, 840 were submitted; in the last edition there were 725. In Spain there are about 150 varieties of cheese and 32 with Protected Designation of Origin, in addition to 15 selected for regional quality certifications.

Vidiago, third prize in the Best Cheeses of Spain Championship

It is part of Central Lechera Asturiana special “El Maestro Quesero” selection. It won the award for the tenth edition of the GourmetQuesos contest at the Salón Gourmets 2019 trade show

Asturias, 11 April. The Salón Gourmets 2019 trade show, which took place this week at Ifema (Madrid), today awarded the winners of the tenth edition of GourmetQuesos, the best cheese in Spain championship. Vidiago won third Prize in the ‘young cow’ category, in a contest with numerous participants. About 900 cheeses were presented for the award this year.

VIDIAGO cheese is made with milk from Vidiago, a village in Llanes where cows graze in pastures by the sea, which makes the flavour smooth and distinctive.

Vidiago cheese has been hand made since 1940 by the Collera family. Its recipe has been passed down from generation to generation until today. For many years, only the Collera family made this cheese, and today the family’s working example has reached more producers. It is a semi-cured cheese with no additives or preservatives, with a clean cut, no eyes and a smooth texture. Used extensively in cooking, it is often used to make the traditional Asturias ‘cachopo’ (cordon bleu).

Vidiago is part of the “El Maestro Quesero” selection, a project that brings together five Asturias cheese factories whose traditionally crafted products share the common link of Central Lechera Asturiana milk. At the end of last year, this special edition was launched with five varieties: Cabrales PDO, Afuega’l Pitu PDO, Casín PDO, Los Beyos PGI and Vidiago Traditional Cheese. This cheese selection has the Alimentos del Paraíso Natural seal, which distinguishes foods that are marked by tradition, handed down from generation to generation, and due to the unique geographic characteristics of the principality.

The “El Maestro Quesero (The Master Cheesemaker)” is an initiative that is aligned with Central Lechera Asturiana’s CSR strategy, as a proposal of differential value of support to traditional cheese factories in a commitment to quality, defending the ‘all natural’ from livestock to the table.

The GourmetQuesos Championship is consolidated as the most important event in Spain due to the number of samples presented. This year, 840 were submitted; in the last edition there were 725. In Spain there are about 150 varieties of cheese and 32 with Protected Designation of Origin, in addition to 15 selected for regional quality certifications.

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9 Apr 2019
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ZARZALEJO HAS REVALIDATED ITS BRC/IFS EXCELLENCE RATING

ZARZALEJO HAS REVALIDATED ITS BRC/IFS EXCELLENCE RATING

The audit for renewing the BRC and IFS food safety certificates, where the auditors validated CAPSA’s A rating (Excellent), took place at the Zarzalejo plant last week.

Both are standards that guarantee that CAPSA meets the highest safety, quality and performance criteria in terms of food safety and consumer protection. BRC stands for British Retail Consortium; the food safety system developed by British retail distribution in 1998. The IFS (International Featured Standards); a food safety system developed by retail associations in Germany, France and Italy in 2003.

Today, having these certifications is essential to be competitive in Spanish and international markets; indeed, not having them would harm the company’s leadership and would condition CAPSA’s presence with many customers, since some only work with companies that have these certificates.

Consolidating and maintaining these stringent certifications requires daily, rigorous and continuous work on food safety, which enables CAPSA to ensure ever safer processes. We would like to congratulate all the personnel at the plant, as well as other areas involved from CAPSA’s Central Services, for their continuous involvement and efforts.

At this time, the Zarzalejo Plant and the Lugo Plant both have this A (Excellent) rating in the BRC/IFS certifications.

ZARZALEJO HAS REVALIDATED ITS BRC/IFS EXCELLENCE RATING

The audit for renewing the BRC and IFS food safety certificates, where the auditors validated CAPSA’s A rating (Excellent), took place at the Zarzalejo plant last week.

Both are standards that guarantee that CAPSA meets the highest safety, quality and performance criteria in terms of food safety and consumer protection. BRC stands for British Retail Consortium; the food safety system developed by British retail distribution in 1998. The IFS (International Featured Standards); a food safety system developed by retail associations in Germany, France and Italy in 2003.

Today, having these certifications is essential to be competitive in Spanish and international markets; indeed, not having them would harm the company’s leadership and would condition CAPSA’s presence with many customers, since some only work with companies that have these certificates.

Consolidating and maintaining these stringent certifications requires daily, rigorous and continuous work on food safety, which enables CAPSA to ensure ever safer processes. We would like to congratulate all the personnel at the plant, as well as other areas involved from CAPSA’s Central Services, for their continuous involvement and efforts.

At this time, the Zarzalejo Plant and the Lugo Plant both have this A (Excellent) rating in the BRC/IFS certifications.

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3 Apr 2019
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PRECISION NUTRITION FROM THE ASTURIAS CENTRAL DAIRY INSTITUTE’S MICROBIOTE FOR PERSONALISED NUTRITION, FINALIST IN THE NUTRAINGREDIENTS AWARDS

PRECISION NUTRITION FROM THE ASTURIAS CENTRAL DAIRY INSTITUTE’S MICROBIOTE FOR PERSONALISED NUTRITION, FINALIST IN THE NUTRAINGREDIENTS AWARDS

The “39ytú” project was distinguished in the “Best Personalised Nutrition Initiative” award as “one of the best and brightest initiatives and projects emerging in the personalised nutrition space”

The NutraIngredients Awards, the fifth edition of which will take place in May in Geneva, recognise innovation and cutting-edge research in healthy foods, supplements and nutrition. The 39ytú project, “Precision nutrition from your microbiota”, from the Central Asturiana Dairy Institute for Personalised Nutrition, is one of the three finalists in the “Best Personalised Nutrition Initiative” category.

The award ceremony will take place on 8 May within the framework of Vitafoods Europe, an annual meeting that brings the nutraceutical industry together to create innovation, connect with business leaders and find effective solutions in the nutrition sector. Its mission is to strengthen ties between the main players that are shaping the nutraceutical industry around the world. A total of 1,200 exhibitors from 110 countries around the world come to Vitafoods Europe, the only specialised event that covers the entire nutraceutical supply chain, from the basic ingredients to the shelves that reach consumers.

The “personalised nutritional revolution”

“Increasing digitisation throughout the entire world and the wearable technology revolution indicate that the personalised nutritional revolution may soon be upon us. While general adoption will probably be slow, the area is already a massive focus for research and development, and has led to a large number of start-ups, technology incubators and investment activity among the main players in the industry”, say the organisers of Vitafoods Europe.

The award, for which the Central Lechera Asturiana Institute of Personalised Nutrition is a finalist, “seeks to distinguish the best new initiatives in personalised nutrition, whether using data from omics to provide personalised plans, or combining data from portable devices with nutritional information; the aim is to highlight the best and brightest initiatives and projects emerging in the personalised nutrition space”.

The judges of the NutraIngredientes Awards highlight that the ICLANP personalised nutrition project responds to “a true consumer demand, health or nutrition problems, or health and well-being goal; evidence that the initiative provides truly personalised information. It has scientific and technological feasibility and evidence that the product works for its specified use and has the potential to be a great innovation in the personalised nutrition space, standing out from the crowd and overshadowing the competition.”

The CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA INSTITUTE FOR PERSONALISED NUTRITION was conceived with the aim of researching and improving people’s health and well-being through precision nutrition and making it available to society, with collaboration from institutions with a solid scientific reputation such as the Complutense University of Madrid Central Lechera Asturiana Health and Nutrition Faculty, directed by Dr Luis Collado; Darwin Bioprospecting Excellence, a company formed by scientists from the Universitat de València and the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) that have more than 25 years of experience in microbiology; SNGULAR, the creator of BuyVIP as a technological partner and CAPSA FOOD, the leading dairy company in Spain, which develops products that add value and contribute to improving consumers’ health and nutrition as part of its strategic plan and CSR.

PRECISION NUTRITION FROM THE ASTURIAS CENTRAL DAIRY INSTITUTE’S MICROBIOTE FOR PERSONALISED NUTRITION, FINALIST IN THE NUTRAINGREDIENTS AWARDS

The “39ytú” project was distinguished in the “Best Personalised Nutrition Initiative” award as “one of the best and brightest initiatives and projects emerging in the personalised nutrition space”

The NutraIngredients Awards, the fifth edition of which will take place in May in Geneva, recognise innovation and cutting-edge research in healthy foods, supplements and nutrition. The 39ytú project, “Precision nutrition from your microbiota”, from the Central Asturiana Dairy Institute for Personalised Nutrition, is one of the three finalists in the “Best Personalised Nutrition Initiative” category.

The award ceremony will take place on 8 May within the framework of Vitafoods Europe, an annual meeting that brings the nutraceutical industry together to create innovation, connect with business leaders and find effective solutions in the nutrition sector. Its mission is to strengthen ties between the main players that are shaping the nutraceutical industry around the world. A total of 1,200 exhibitors from 110 countries around the world come to Vitafoods Europe, the only specialised event that covers the entire nutraceutical supply chain, from the basic ingredients to the shelves that reach consumers.

The “personalised nutritional revolution”

“Increasing digitisation throughout the entire world and the wearable technology revolution indicate that the personalised nutritional revolution may soon be upon us. While general adoption will probably be slow, the area is already a massive focus for research and development, and has led to a large number of start-ups, technology incubators and investment activity among the main players in the industry”, say the organisers of Vitafoods Europe.

The award, for which the Central Lechera Asturiana Institute of Personalised Nutrition is a finalist, “seeks to distinguish the best new initiatives in personalised nutrition, whether using data from omics to provide personalised plans, or combining data from portable devices with nutritional information; the aim is to highlight the best and brightest initiatives and projects emerging in the personalised nutrition space”.

The judges of the NutraIngredientes Awards highlight that the ICLANP personalised nutrition project responds to “a true consumer demand, health or nutrition problems, or health and well-being goal; evidence that the initiative provides truly personalised information. It has scientific and technological feasibility and evidence that the product works for its specified use and has the potential to be a great innovation in the personalised nutrition space, standing out from the crowd and overshadowing the competition.”

The CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA INSTITUTE FOR PERSONALISED NUTRITION was conceived with the aim of researching and improving people’s health and well-being through precision nutrition and making it available to society, with collaboration from institutions with a solid scientific reputation such as the Complutense University of Madrid Central Lechera Asturiana Health and Nutrition Faculty, directed by Dr Luis Collado; Darwin Bioprospecting Excellence, a company formed by scientists from the Universitat de València and the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) that have more than 25 years of experience in microbiology; SNGULAR, the creator of BuyVIP as a technological partner and CAPSA FOOD, the leading dairy company in Spain, which develops products that add value and contribute to improving consumers’ health and nutrition as part of its strategic plan and CSR.

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28 Mar 2019
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Knowcosters TV is born; the online television channel created to promote informed consumption choices

Knowcosters TV is born; the online television channel created to promote informed consumption choices

The Knowcosters Foundation appoints José Armando Tellado as chairman

  • Personalities from civil society, culture, the university and the company participate in “When you consume, you vote”, the talk show with which the channel will debut
  • Roberto Tojeiro (Gadisa), Ignacio Rivera (Estrella Galicia), Alfredo Ramos (R) and artist Antón Reixa, among others, will give their personal and professional views about the consumer society
  •  The foundation’s aim is to offer useful tools to consume with freedom, but with knowledge of the repercussions that the choices they make have on the model of society

A Coruña, 27 March 2019. Talking about the real impact that our consumption has on today’s society is the aim of Knowcosters TV, the online channel created by the Knowcosters Foundation (www.knowcosters.org) to promote informed consumption, which was presented today at the Barrié Foundation to numerous personalities in the social, cultural, academic and business world. The event was attended by the Minister for Social Policy, Fabiola García.

Knowcosters TV debuts in the digital world with the talk show Cuando consumes votas (When you consume, you vote) –which airs on YouTube– and its title summarises the Foundation’s philosophy to a great extent, which is committed to informing consumers and providing them with useful tools to have all the data needed before buying: proposing mindful consumption. This was explained by the creator Miguel Conde-Lobato, founder of the entity and author of the book ‘Knowcosters, Cuando el low cost es el mal’ (Knowcosters, When low cost is evil), during the channel’s debut presentation. He announced at the event that José Armando Tellado –whom he praised for his dedication and enthusiasm “from the first minute”– will be Chairman of the Foundation.

After expressing his appreciation for being appointed, Tellado stressed that the Foundation’s objective is not to criticise any form of consumption, but to inform society and to offer tools that provide valid information. “This is a civic, and not ideological, approach so that people can decide with greater knowledge, although consumption is not demonised in any way,” he said. Thus, adding that the Knowcosters Foundation will promote forums and debates, among other actions, it reflects on the impact of consumption in our model of society. “It’s about looking for diagnoses, but also finding solutions for the major challenges generated by a society like ours that is built around consumption,” explained José Armando Tellado.

Power of decision

The program Cuando consumes votas (When you consume, you vote) addresses consumption through the eyes of prominent professionals in companies, the media and culture. All relevant figures and with decision power. José Armando Tellado, General Manager of CAPSA; Roberto Tojeiro, Chairman of Gadisa; Ignacio Rivera, General Manager of Estrella Galicia; Alfredo Ramos, CEO of R; businessman José Antonio Orozco; General Manager of La Voz de Galicia, Lois Blanco; journalist Fernanda Tabarés and musician, writer and producer Antón Reixa will star in the first season where Conde-Lobato, its driver, offers a relaxed, almost family-like format, to talk without restriction with the guests about their vision of consumption and society.
Renowned publicist Toni Segarra and directors of different media, including Manuel Ferreiro (El Ideal Gallego), Alejandro Pan, director of Radio Coruña Cadena Ser, and Ignacio Capeáns (Onda Cero), have already confirmed their participation in the second instalment of the program which, through 15-minute episodes, is a great platform promoting Knowcosters thinking.

Be selfish

“We are not protectionists. We are informationists. We do not appeal to altruism, to conscience or to responsibility, which are great options, but they are not ours. We appeal to selfishness, because it is an act of self-defence,” said the founder of the entity, a supporter of consuming manufactured products “where there are good working conditions, where your children can work.”

Conde-Lobato opted for consumption as the main civic tool after voting, and is convinced that the way people consume “can change the world” because when buying, we make choices that contribute to building the world in which we live.

A precursor book

The Knowcosters Foundation was founded in 2013 in A Coruña after the well-received book ‘Knowcosters, Cuando el low cost es el mal’ (Knowcosters, When low cost is evil) was launched; a provocative title and authentic precursor to informed consumption. Contributing to society knowing and valuing good social and environmental practices and what is sometimes hidden behind an incredibly low price, such as job insecurity, is the aim of the Foundation, which defends consumers’ power to change the world. Its aim is not to indoctrinate or to lecture, but to inform so that each person can act freely.

The entity undertakes its activity from a dual perspective. Firstly, by generating tools that inform consumers at a time close to the purchase, such as the Tax Footprint, which indicates the country where online stores pay their taxes, and the Triple Marking, so that brands disclose the price of the product, as well as the cost for the Welfare State and for the planet.

The Foundation “grows up”

A second aspect is promotion in forums, collaborations with media, organisations, associations, information campaigns at times of mass consumption (Black Friday or Christmas) and creating its own channel. In this sense, Knowcosters TV marks a before and after, because the Foundation is growing with the channel, “it is growing up”, says Conde-Lobato. Knowcosters TV was conceived to fill a gap: the misinformation that surrounds the world of consumption. Because, paradoxically, the best-informed society in history is buying products and services every day without knowing their origin, how they are manufactured or what their production or distribution entails for the planet.

Almost 7,000 followers in social networks and almost 200 e-commerce businesses have already joined this movement, which reminds people that bad practices have increasingly visible consequences: unemployment in Spain is 26% and 1 in 4 employees under 29 years old is at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

Knowcosters TV is born; the online television channel created to promote informed consumption choices

The Knowcosters Foundation appoints José Armando Tellado as chairman

  • Personalities from civil society, culture, the university and the company participate in “When you consume, you vote”, the talk show with which the channel will debut
  • Roberto Tojeiro (Gadisa), Ignacio Rivera (Estrella Galicia), Alfredo Ramos (R) and artist Antón Reixa, among others, will give their personal and professional views about the consumer society
  •  The foundation’s aim is to offer useful tools to consume with freedom, but with knowledge of the repercussions that the choices they make have on the model of society

A Coruña, 27 March 2019. Talking about the real impact that our consumption has on today’s society is the aim of Knowcosters TV, the online channel created by the Knowcosters Foundation (www.knowcosters.org) to promote informed consumption, which was presented today at the Barrié Foundation to numerous personalities in the social, cultural, academic and business world. The event was attended by the Minister for Social Policy, Fabiola García.

Knowcosters TV debuts in the digital world with the talk show Cuando consumes votas (When you consume, you vote) –which airs on YouTube– and its title summarises the Foundation’s philosophy to a great extent, which is committed to informing consumers and providing them with useful tools to have all the data needed before buying: proposing mindful consumption. This was explained by the creator Miguel Conde-Lobato, founder of the entity and author of the book ‘Knowcosters, Cuando el low cost es el mal’ (Knowcosters, When low cost is evil), during the channel’s debut presentation. He announced at the event that José Armando Tellado –whom he praised for his dedication and enthusiasm “from the first minute”– will be Chairman of the Foundation.

After expressing his appreciation for being appointed, Tellado stressed that the Foundation’s objective is not to criticise any form of consumption, but to inform society and to offer tools that provide valid information. “This is a civic, and not ideological, approach so that people can decide with greater knowledge, although consumption is not demonised in any way,” he said. Thus, adding that the Knowcosters Foundation will promote forums and debates, among other actions, it reflects on the impact of consumption in our model of society. “It’s about looking for diagnoses, but also finding solutions for the major challenges generated by a society like ours that is built around consumption,” explained José Armando Tellado.

Power of decision

The program Cuando consumes votas (When you consume, you vote) addresses consumption through the eyes of prominent professionals in companies, the media and culture. All relevant figures and with decision power. José Armando Tellado, General Manager of CAPSA; Roberto Tojeiro, Chairman of Gadisa; Ignacio Rivera, General Manager of Estrella Galicia; Alfredo Ramos, CEO of R; businessman José Antonio Orozco; General Manager of La Voz de Galicia, Lois Blanco; journalist Fernanda Tabarés and musician, writer and producer Antón Reixa will star in the first season where Conde-Lobato, its driver, offers a relaxed, almost family-like format, to talk without restriction with the guests about their vision of consumption and society.
Renowned publicist Toni Segarra and directors of different media, including Manuel Ferreiro (El Ideal Gallego), Alejandro Pan, director of Radio Coruña Cadena Ser, and Ignacio Capeáns (Onda Cero), have already confirmed their participation in the second instalment of the program which, through 15-minute episodes, is a great platform promoting Knowcosters thinking.

Be selfish

“We are not protectionists. We are informationists. We do not appeal to altruism, to conscience or to responsibility, which are great options, but they are not ours. We appeal to selfishness, because it is an act of self-defence,” said the founder of the entity, a supporter of consuming manufactured products “where there are good working conditions, where your children can work.”

Conde-Lobato opted for consumption as the main civic tool after voting, and is convinced that the way people consume “can change the world” because when buying, we make choices that contribute to building the world in which we live.

A precursor book

The Knowcosters Foundation was founded in 2013 in A Coruña after the well-received book ‘Knowcosters, Cuando el low cost es el mal’ (Knowcosters, When low cost is evil) was launched; a provocative title and authentic precursor to informed consumption. Contributing to society knowing and valuing good social and environmental practices and what is sometimes hidden behind an incredibly low price, such as job insecurity, is the aim of the Foundation, which defends consumers’ power to change the world. Its aim is not to indoctrinate or to lecture, but to inform so that each person can act freely.

The entity undertakes its activity from a dual perspective. Firstly, by generating tools that inform consumers at a time close to the purchase, such as the Tax Footprint, which indicates the country where online stores pay their taxes, and the Triple Marking, so that brands disclose the price of the product, as well as the cost for the Welfare State and for the planet.

The Foundation “grows up”

A second aspect is promotion in forums, collaborations with media, organisations, associations, information campaigns at times of mass consumption (Black Friday or Christmas) and creating its own channel. In this sense, Knowcosters TV marks a before and after, because the Foundation is growing with the channel, “it is growing up”, says Conde-Lobato. Knowcosters TV was conceived to fill a gap: the misinformation that surrounds the world of consumption. Because, paradoxically, the best-informed society in history is buying products and services every day without knowing their origin, how they are manufactured or what their production or distribution entails for the planet.

Almost 7,000 followers in social networks and almost 200 e-commerce businesses have already joined this movement, which reminds people that bad practices have increasingly visible consequences: unemployment in Spain is 26% and 1 in 4 employees under 29 years old is at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

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7 Mar 2019
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ALEIX ESPARGARÓ BECOMES A SHAREHOLDER AND THE FACE OF RAW SUPER DRINK, THE FIRST 100% ORGANIC ISOTONIC DRINK

ALEIX ESPARGARÓ BECOMES A SHAREHOLDER AND THE FACE OF RAW SUPER DRINK, THE FIRST 100% ORGANIC ISOTONIC DRINK

The young star, Jaume Masia, Moto3 World Championship rider, will also be sponsored by the brand

The need to hydrate in a market where isotonic drinks contain a lot of sugar and artificial ingredients led Aleix Espargaró to look for a healthy solution for athletes. His entrepreneurial vision guided him to becoming part of the shareholding of the new RAW Super Drink, a 100% organic isotonic drink, free from artificial sweeteners: “I am very happy to join the revolution of 100% organic sports drinks. As an athlete, it is very important to be well hydrated and I think that RAW Super Drink has revolutionised conventional isotonic drinks.”

The current generation of healthy athletes love organic products and among them is Aleix Espargaró; athlete and entrepreneur who is very clear how to take care of his physical shape. The MotoGP rider considers that success in the performance requires optimal hydration:” Hydration is extremely important. On circuits where the temperature is very high we lose about 2 kg in a 45-minute race because, apart from physical activity, it’s very hot in the racing suit. So before going out on the track we have to hydrate very well and during the race our mouth dries up a lot and we go into a very high pulse rate.”

The Spanish brand founded by Rubén González, 25% owned by CAPSA FOOD, is very clear about its commitment to sport and the importance of hydration, particularly in the demanding world of motorcycling: “The future of 100% organic hydration is also important for younger riders and Jaume Masia, Moto3 World Championship rider, will also be part of the team of RAW Super Drink athletes: “I consider healthy hydration essential in sports practice and if I can do it from a very young age I know that it will have beneficial effects for me in the future. I am very happy to join this team.”

ALEIX ESPARGARÓ BECOMES A SHAREHOLDER AND THE FACE OF RAW SUPER DRINK, THE FIRST 100% ORGANIC ISOTONIC DRINK

The young star, Jaume Masia, Moto3 World Championship rider, will also be sponsored by the brand

The need to hydrate in a market where isotonic drinks contain a lot of sugar and artificial ingredients led Aleix Espargaró to look for a healthy solution for athletes. His entrepreneurial vision guided him to becoming part of the shareholding of the new RAW Super Drink, a 100% organic isotonic drink, free from artificial sweeteners: “I am very happy to join the revolution of 100% organic sports drinks. As an athlete, it is very important to be well hydrated and I think that RAW Super Drink has revolutionised conventional isotonic drinks.”

The current generation of healthy athletes love organic products and among them is Aleix Espargaró; athlete and entrepreneur who is very clear how to take care of his physical shape. The MotoGP rider considers that success in the performance requires optimal hydration:” Hydration is extremely important. On circuits where the temperature is very high we lose about 2 kg in a 45-minute race because, apart from physical activity, it’s very hot in the racing suit. So before going out on the track we have to hydrate very well and during the race our mouth dries up a lot and we go into a very high pulse rate.”

The Spanish brand founded by Rubén González, 25% owned by CAPSA FOOD, is very clear about its commitment to sport and the importance of hydration, particularly in the demanding world of motorcycling: “The future of 100% organic hydration is also important for younger riders and Jaume Masia, Moto3 World Championship rider, will also be part of the team of RAW Super Drink athletes: “I consider healthy hydration essential in sports practice and if I can do it from a very young age I know that it will have beneficial effects for me in the future. I am very happy to join this team.”

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31 Jan 2019
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CAPSA, once again awarded the Top Employer certificate

CAPSA, once again awarded the Top Employer certificate

This seal, which evaluates the Human Resource policies and working conditions worldwide, certifies that CAPSA is one of the best companies to work for in Spain and endorses its commitment to being an Exemplary Employer.

The aspects that contributed to CAPSA being awarded include:

  1. Job stability, more than 90% of employees have a permanent contract.
  2. More women, who represent almost 25% of the workforce. More jobs in factories, such as in Granda (from 7.71% in 2009 to more than 18% at present), and also more managerial positions (from 18% to 24% in the same period).
  3. CAPSA has young talent in its scholarship and trainee programmes, of which more than 20% are formalised into employment agreements.
  4. CAPSA promotes internal promotion and 3 out of 10 vacancies are filled with people from within the company.
  5. It invests in technical training and skills programmes, with more than 25,000 hours of training in 2018.
  6. It is committed to digital transformation in management and communication processes.
  7. It fosters and promotes a safe and healthy work environment: “0 Accidents” programme, certification as a Healthy Company, CAPSALUD, CAPSA LIFE, Health and Wellbeing Week, Healthy Days, etc. programmes.
  8. It promotes family integration on matters of health and well-being (healthy events, sports practice, nutrition programme, etc.), social action (clothing collection campaigns, toys, blood donation, product donation), and work/life balance (social benefits, school-free days, etc.). The company has different work/life balance and equality measures adapted to the groups and to the production needs.

From 2016 to the present, CAPSA has improved more than 20 points in comparison with other certified companies, which encourages the dairy firm to continue working on being a good place to work.

Top Employers Institute analyses and evaluates more than 600 Human Resources practices in detail: talent strategy, staff planning, learning and development, compensation and benefits, culture, etc. There are currently 102 certified companies: Santander, EDP, Pepsico, Vodafone, SEAT, Sanitas, Novartis, SAP, etc. See the list and further information about Top Employers HERE.

CAPSA, once again awarded the Top Employer certificate

This seal, which evaluates the Human Resource policies and working conditions worldwide, certifies that CAPSA is one of the best companies to work for in Spain and endorses its commitment to being an Exemplary Employer.

The aspects that contributed to CAPSA being awarded include:

  1. Job stability, more than 90% of employees have a permanent contract.
  2. More women, who represent almost 25% of the workforce. More jobs in factories, such as in Granda (from 7.71% in 2009 to more than 18% at present), and also more managerial positions (from 18% to 24% in the same period).
  3. CAPSA has young talent in its scholarship and trainee programmes, of which more than 20% are formalised into employment agreements.
  4. CAPSA promotes internal promotion and 3 out of 10 vacancies are filled with people from within the company.
  5. It invests in technical training and skills programmes, with more than 25,000 hours of training in 2018.
  6. It is committed to digital transformation in management and communication processes.
  7. It fosters and promotes a safe and healthy work environment: “0 Accidents” programme, certification as a Healthy Company, CAPSALUD, CAPSA LIFE, Health and Wellbeing Week, Healthy Days, etc. programmes.
  8. It promotes family integration on matters of health and well-being (healthy events, sports practice, nutrition programme, etc.), social action (clothing collection campaigns, toys, blood donation, product donation), and work/life balance (social benefits, school-free days, etc.). The company has different work/life balance and equality measures adapted to the groups and to the production needs.

From 2016 to the present, CAPSA has improved more than 20 points in comparison with other certified companies, which encourages the dairy firm to continue working on being a good place to work.

Top Employers Institute analyses and evaluates more than 600 Human Resources practices in detail: talent strategy, staff planning, learning and development, compensation and benefits, culture, etc. There are currently 102 certified companies: Santander, EDP, Pepsico, Vodafone, SEAT, Sanitas, Novartis, SAP, etc. See the list and further information about Top Employers HERE.

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29 Jan 2019
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CAPSA FOOD increases its share in RAW SUPERDRINK

CAPSA FOOD increases its share in RAW SUPERDRINK

The dairy company has now acquired 25% of the isotonic drinks company

This week, CAPSA FOOD, together with its partners, increased the capital of the isotonic drinks company that manufactures the RAW SUPERDRINK product made from 100% organic ingredients. It has thus reinforced its position as a shareholder, raising its shareholding from the initial 10% to 25%, within the framework of its commitment to new businesses and within its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.

RAW SUPERDRINK is the first organic isotonic drink on the market, launched in October last year, that is low in calories, gluten free and suitable for vegans. It is a “clean hydration drink” that does not contain any added sugars, artificial sweeteners or artificial ingredients.
It comes in four flavours and is distributed in supermarkets and local shops, mainly in Barcelona. These isotonic drinks can also be purchased through the brand’s website (www.rawsuperdrink.com).

By the end of 2018, RAW had reached more than 700 points of sale, presenting a positive evolution, which has resulted in CAPSA FOOD reinforcing its position as a company that takes on new international challenges. France will be the first international market into which RAW SUPERDRINK will be introduced from next month, with positive expectations. In this international plan, presence is also planned in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

CAPSA FOOD increases its share in RAW SUPERDRINK

The dairy company has now acquired 25% of the isotonic drinks company

This week, CAPSA FOOD, together with its partners, increased the capital of the isotonic drinks company that manufactures the RAW SUPERDRINK product made from 100% organic ingredients. It has thus reinforced its position as a shareholder, raising its shareholding from the initial 10% to 25%, within the framework of its commitment to new businesses and within its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.

RAW SUPERDRINK is the first organic isotonic drink on the market, launched in October last year, that is low in calories, gluten free and suitable for vegans. It is a “clean hydration drink” that does not contain any added sugars, artificial sweeteners or artificial ingredients.
It comes in four flavours and is distributed in supermarkets and local shops, mainly in Barcelona. These isotonic drinks can also be purchased through the brand’s website (www.rawsuperdrink.com).

By the end of 2018, RAW had reached more than 700 points of sale, presenting a positive evolution, which has resulted in CAPSA FOOD reinforcing its position as a company that takes on new international challenges. France will be the first international market into which RAW SUPERDRINK will be introduced from next month, with positive expectations. In this international plan, presence is also planned in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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18 Jan 2019
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“39ytú”, precision nutrition from your microbiota

“39ytú”, precision nutrition from your microbiota

From left to right: Cristina Vilanova (CSO Darwin Bioprospecting Excellence), Javier Cuervo (IENP General Manager) and José Armando Tellado (CAPSA FOOD General Manager)

 

The Spanish Institute of Personalised Nutrition has been launched, dedicated to researching and managing projects for improving health and well-being through precision nutrition, being CAPSA FOOD its primary shareholder.

— Thirty nine billion bacteria colonise the intestine and make up the microbiota, colloquially known as “intestinal flora” and are responsible for certain health problems that can be significantly improved with a balanced diet and precision nutrition.

— A microbiome test helps to determine intestinal bacteria colony imbalances in order to balance them with customised solutions.

— The Institute brings together the endorsement of the Complutense University Health and Nutrition Faculty, Darwin Bioprospecting Excellence scientists’ specialisation in microbiology, the technological support of SNGULAR, the creator of BuyVIP, which was sold to Amazon, and the experience and knowledge in food of the leading dairy company in Spain, CAPSA FOOD.

— • The primary shareholder is CAPSA FOOD, which has an international vocation in this project.

“39ytú” is the Spanish Institute of Personalised Nutrition’s first project, based on a precision nutritional recommendation after conducting a microbiome test (genetically sequencing the microbiota). Its name refers to the 39 billion bacteria that colonise the intestine and make up the microbiota, a group of microorganisms that coexist in a certain habitat, in this case, the human intestine, and that affects nutrition and metabolism and play a role in protecting and developing the organism. It is also known, although incorrectly, as intestinal flora and is equivalent to about 2 kg of body weight.

This test thoroughly analyses the identity and abundance of the microorganisms present in the intestine to determine the diversity of bacteria and detect possible alterations.

The personal analysis is made from a biological sample from the consumer and reveals the composition of the colony of 39 billion intestinal bacteria.

In a healthy person, the protective microbiota strains outweigh the potentially harmful ones. This guarantees effective and beneficial division of the functions within the intestine. A loss of bacterial diversity, caused by stress, taking antibiotics or a low-fibre diet, together with an imbalance between the proportions of strains, can have consequences for health. This imbalance is known as “dysbiosis”.

To help recover the balance of the microbiota, a series of “good” microorganisms can be used, which the World Health Organisation calls probiotics; live bacteria that confer a health benefit to the consumer when consumed in appropriate doses.

In this first phase of the project, the team of nutritionists, researchers and doctors from the Institute selected seven health problems for which there is scientific evidence that a balanced diet including nutritional solutions with probiotics and other bioactive ingredients can act and modify the microbiota composition: gluten intolerance, cholesterol reduction, glucose control, digestive discomfort, intestinal discomfort, improved defences and intestinal regularity.

From the analysis, the medical team from the Spanish Personalised Nutrition Institute makes a recommendation for healthy nutrition habits, and “prescribes” a personalised precision solution, with a selection of probiotics and active ingredients, to “attack” the most effective nutritional deficiencies and recover good microbiota balance.

Those interested to have a study conducted on their microbiota to be analysed for personalised nutrition to help resolve health problems can find the information at www.39ytu.com or the institute’s website www.ienp.es.



The COMPLUTENSE UNIVERSITY OF MADRID CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA HEALTH AND NUTRITION FACULTY, directed by Dr Luis Collado, was created in 2011 within the framework of the Company/University collaboration agreements included in the Universities Organic Law (LOU). It is registered within the Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine, which is also associated with hospitals such as the San Carlos Clinical Hospital, the 12 de Octubre University Hospital and the Gregorio Marañón University Hospital.

DARWIN BIOPROSPECTING EXCELLENCE was founded by scientists from Valencia University and the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), which have more than 25 years of experience in microbiology. From its headquarters in the Valencia University Scientific Park, DARWIN focuses its services on exploring the microbiome and on selecting natural microorganisms with applications in food, health and the environment. The DARWIN team thus has extensive experience in the study of microbial ecology, and an intensive domain of microbiological techniques and analysis of massive sequencing data.

SNGULAR is the technological partner of ’39 y tú’, a software multinational with 600 people and more than 20 years of experience. Sngular has developed custom eCommerce solutions since 2003, and in 2005 created BuyVIP, which was acquired by Amazon five years later for $100M; Amazon.es continued to operate with the platform built by Sngular for another two years, and was its gateway to the European market.

The SPANISH PERSONALISED NUTRITION INSTITUTE was created with the objective of investigating and improving individuals’ state of health and wellbeing through precision nutrition, making it available to society thanks to the collaboration of institutions with a solid scientific reputation such as Complutense University of Madrid Central Lechera Asturiana Health and Nutrition Faculty, directed by Dr Luis Collado; Darwin Bioprospecting Excellence, a company formed by scientists from the Valencia University and the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), which have more than 25 years of experience in microbiology; SNGULAR, the creator of BuyVIP as a technological partner and CAPSA FOOD, the leading dairy company in Spain, which includes developing products that add value and contribute to improving consumers’ health and nutrition as part of its strategic and CSR plan.

“39ytú”, precision nutrition from your microbiota

From left to right: Cristina Vilanova (CSO Darwin Bioprospecting Excellence), Javier Cuervo (IENP General Manager) and José Armando Tellado (CAPSA FOOD General Manager)

 

The Spanish Institute of Personalised Nutrition has been launched, dedicated to researching and managing projects for improving health and well-being through precision nutrition, being CAPSA FOOD its primary shareholder.

— Thirty nine billion bacteria colonise the intestine and make up the microbiota, colloquially known as “intestinal flora” and are responsible for certain health problems that can be significantly improved with a balanced diet and precision nutrition.

— A microbiome test helps to determine intestinal bacteria colony imbalances in order to balance them with customised solutions.

— The Institute brings together the endorsement of the Complutense University Health and Nutrition Faculty, Darwin Bioprospecting Excellence scientists’ specialisation in microbiology, the technological support of SNGULAR, the creator of BuyVIP, which was sold to Amazon, and the experience and knowledge in food of the leading dairy company in Spain, CAPSA FOOD.

— • The primary shareholder is CAPSA FOOD, which has an international vocation in this project.

“39ytú” is the Spanish Institute of Personalised Nutrition’s first project, based on a precision nutritional recommendation after conducting a microbiome test (genetically sequencing the microbiota). Its name refers to the 39 billion bacteria that colonise the intestine and make up the microbiota, a group of microorganisms that coexist in a certain habitat, in this case, the human intestine, and that affects nutrition and metabolism and play a role in protecting and developing the organism. It is also known, although incorrectly, as intestinal flora and is equivalent to about 2 kg of body weight.

This test thoroughly analyses the identity and abundance of the microorganisms present in the intestine to determine the diversity of bacteria and detect possible alterations.

The personal analysis is made from a biological sample from the consumer and reveals the composition of the colony of 39 billion intestinal bacteria.

In a healthy person, the protective microbiota strains outweigh the potentially harmful ones. This guarantees effective and beneficial division of the functions within the intestine. A loss of bacterial diversity, caused by stress, taking antibiotics or a low-fibre diet, together with an imbalance between the proportions of strains, can have consequences for health. This imbalance is known as “dysbiosis”.

To help recover the balance of the microbiota, a series of “good” microorganisms can be used, which the World Health Organisation calls probiotics; live bacteria that confer a health benefit to the consumer when consumed in appropriate doses.

In this first phase of the project, the team of nutritionists, researchers and doctors from the Institute selected seven health problems for which there is scientific evidence that a balanced diet including nutritional solutions with probiotics and other bioactive ingredients can act and modify the microbiota composition: gluten intolerance, cholesterol reduction, glucose control, digestive discomfort, intestinal discomfort, improved defences and intestinal regularity.

From the analysis, the medical team from the Spanish Personalised Nutrition Institute makes a recommendation for healthy nutrition habits, and “prescribes” a personalised precision solution, with a selection of probiotics and active ingredients, to “attack” the most effective nutritional deficiencies and recover good microbiota balance.

Those interested to have a study conducted on their microbiota to be analysed for personalised nutrition to help resolve health problems can find the information at www.39ytu.com or the institute’s website www.ienp.es.



The COMPLUTENSE UNIVERSITY OF MADRID CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA HEALTH AND NUTRITION FACULTY, directed by Dr Luis Collado, was created in 2011 within the framework of the Company/University collaboration agreements included in the Universities Organic Law (LOU). It is registered within the Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine, which is also associated with hospitals such as the San Carlos Clinical Hospital, the 12 de Octubre University Hospital and the Gregorio Marañón University Hospital.

DARWIN BIOPROSPECTING EXCELLENCE was founded by scientists from Valencia University and the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), which have more than 25 years of experience in microbiology. From its headquarters in the Valencia University Scientific Park, DARWIN focuses its services on exploring the microbiome and on selecting natural microorganisms with applications in food, health and the environment. The DARWIN team thus has extensive experience in the study of microbial ecology, and an intensive domain of microbiological techniques and analysis of massive sequencing data.

SNGULAR is the technological partner of ’39 y tú’, a software multinational with 600 people and more than 20 years of experience. Sngular has developed custom eCommerce solutions since 2003, and in 2005 created BuyVIP, which was acquired by Amazon five years later for $100M; Amazon.es continued to operate with the platform built by Sngular for another two years, and was its gateway to the European market.

The SPANISH PERSONALISED NUTRITION INSTITUTE was created with the objective of investigating and improving individuals’ state of health and wellbeing through precision nutrition, making it available to society thanks to the collaboration of institutions with a solid scientific reputation such as Complutense University of Madrid Central Lechera Asturiana Health and Nutrition Faculty, directed by Dr Luis Collado; Darwin Bioprospecting Excellence, a company formed by scientists from the Valencia University and the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), which have more than 25 years of experience in microbiology; SNGULAR, the creator of BuyVIP as a technological partner and CAPSA FOOD, the leading dairy company in Spain, which includes developing products that add value and contribute to improving consumers’ health and nutrition as part of its strategic and CSR plan.

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12 Dec 2018
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The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Spain visits CAPSA FOOD’s facilities

The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Spain visits CAPSA FOOD’s facilities

It is the dairy company’s main export market

12 December 2018.- The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Spain visited the CAPSA FOOD facilities in Granda (Siero) this morning, to coincide with his visit to the Principality of Asturias. The event was attended by the Embassy’s Director of Policies, Rhina Durán and the Minister Councillor of Economic and Trade Affairs, Carolina Peguero.

By turnover, the Dominican Republic is CAPSA FOOD’s most important export market in the Caribbean area and one of the most important internationally. The dairy company continues to focus on exports in line with its 2015-2019 Strategic Plan.

CAPSA, through its Central Lechera Asturiana brand, has presence in the main points of sale on the island: Centro Cuesta Nacional, Supermercados Bravo, Grupo Ramos, etc. It also has agreements with major distributors such as Distribuciones Continente, through which it accesses the catering and hospitality channel.

In terms of the range of products, the Dominican Republic is one of the more extensively developed markets, where there are products such as whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk in brik and in bottle format, there is also light milk, lactose-free milk, milkshakes, creams, butters and cheeses.

CAPSA FOOD will continue to focus on this market offering innovative and value-added products tailored to Dominican Republic consumers. The Ambassador’s visit reinforces the company’s ties with this country, with which it maintains a strong commitment.

The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Spain visits CAPSA FOOD’s facilities

It is the dairy company’s main export market

12 December 2018.- The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Spain visited the CAPSA FOOD facilities in Granda (Siero) this morning, to coincide with his visit to the Principality of Asturias. The event was attended by the Embassy’s Director of Policies, Rhina Durán and the Minister Councillor of Economic and Trade Affairs, Carolina Peguero.

By turnover, the Dominican Republic is CAPSA FOOD’s most important export market in the Caribbean area and one of the most important internationally. The dairy company continues to focus on exports in line with its 2015-2019 Strategic Plan.

CAPSA, through its Central Lechera Asturiana brand, has presence in the main points of sale on the island: Centro Cuesta Nacional, Supermercados Bravo, Grupo Ramos, etc. It also has agreements with major distributors such as Distribuciones Continente, through which it accesses the catering and hospitality channel.

In terms of the range of products, the Dominican Republic is one of the more extensively developed markets, where there are products such as whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk in brik and in bottle format, there is also light milk, lactose-free milk, milkshakes, creams, butters and cheeses.

CAPSA FOOD will continue to focus on this market offering innovative and value-added products tailored to Dominican Republic consumers. The Ambassador’s visit reinforces the company’s ties with this country, with which it maintains a strong commitment.

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3 Dec 2018
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Central Lechera Asturiana joins five Asturias cheesemakers in a new business project

Central Lechera Asturiana joins five Asturias cheesemakers in a new business project

A selection of the finest traditionally-crafted cheeses made with Central Lechera Asturiana milk and with the endorsement of the seal Alimentos del Paraíso Natural.

3 December, 2018.- The “El Maestro Quesero” business project was presented today at Central Lechera Asturiana’s headquarters; an initiative by the dairy company that brings together five Asturias cheese factories whose traditionally crafted products share the common link of Central Lechera Asturiana milk.

The five varieties chosen to inaugurate this product family are Cabrales PDO, Afuega’l Pitu PDO, Casín PDO, Los Beyos PGI and Vidiago Traditional Cheese, all of them made using traditional artisan techniques and with the best guarantee: Asturias. This selection of cheeses will be marketed in Spain under the “El Maestro Quesero” (the Master Cheesemaker) brand thanks to this initiative conceived by Central Lechera Asturiana. It also has the Alimentos del Paraíso Natural seal, which distinguishes foods that are marked by tradition, handed down from generation to generation, and by the singular geographic characteristics of the principality.

The Minister for Rural Development and Natural Resources, María Jesús Álvarez González, attended the presentation ceremony along with the General Manager of Central Lechera Asturiana, José Armando Tellado and the owners of the five cheese factories attached to the project; Alberto López from Afuega’l Pitu, Maribel Alvarez and Natalia Lobeto from Casín, José Antonio Teleña from Los Beyos, Manuel Collera from Vidiago and Manuel Rodriguez representing Cueva El Molín (Cabrales).

Cabrales: the second-best known and the fourth most-consumed cheese in Spain. It was created in the Picos de Europa and is made exclusively with raw cow’s milk and following the same traditional artisan techniques that have been used since 1913 at Cueva El Molín. The most surprising thing about this cheese is that it ripens in a cave where the Penicillium fungus gives it the characteristic blue-green streaks.

Afuega’l Pitu: it originates in Grao, Pravia, Salas and Tineo. It is made slowly with milk from Friesian or Asturias cows from the valleys. Its unique trunk-conical shape and the red variety with paprika make this cheese unique.

Casín: the oldest cheesemaker in Asturias and one of the oldest in Spain. It is made only with milk from casina cows, which freely graze in the Redes Natural Park.

Los Beyos: originating in the Los Beyos gorge, in the heart of the Picos de Europa, the milk used is of the highest quality and from selected farms. It is presently only made by three cheese factories in the Principality of Asturias.

Vidiago: for many years, only the Collera family made this cheese. Today, the family’s work has reached more producers. This cheese is made with Vidiago milk, from cows that graze in pastures near the sea, which makes the flavour smooth and distinctive.

“This project confirms Central Lechera Asturiana’s commitment to Asturias and to small Asturias producers, and is one step further in the dairy company’s growing commitment to cheeses. The five references are products of the highest quality made with milk from the finest dairy farms in Asturias, since the most important thing is to start from good raw material, from well fed animals in good pastures” said Jose Armando Tellado, General Manager of CAPSA FOOD.

Aligned with the Central Lechera Asturiana CSR strategy, El Maestro Quesero was conceived as a differential value proposition in which Central Lechera Asturiana supports traditional cheese factories in a commitment to quality, defending the all-natural from the farm to the table.

Central Lechera Asturiana joins five Asturias cheesemakers in a new business project

A selection of the finest traditionally-crafted cheeses made with Central Lechera Asturiana milk and with the endorsement of the seal Alimentos del Paraíso Natural.

3 December, 2018.- The “El Maestro Quesero” business project was presented today at Central Lechera Asturiana’s headquarters; an initiative by the dairy company that brings together five Asturias cheese factories whose traditionally crafted products share the common link of Central Lechera Asturiana milk.

The five varieties chosen to inaugurate this product family are Cabrales PDO, Afuega’l Pitu PDO, Casín PDO, Los Beyos PGI and Vidiago Traditional Cheese, all of them made using traditional artisan techniques and with the best guarantee: Asturias. This selection of cheeses will be marketed in Spain under the “El Maestro Quesero” (the Master Cheesemaker) brand thanks to this initiative conceived by Central Lechera Asturiana. It also has the Alimentos del Paraíso Natural seal, which distinguishes foods that are marked by tradition, handed down from generation to generation, and by the singular geographic characteristics of the principality.

The Minister for Rural Development and Natural Resources, María Jesús Álvarez González, attended the presentation ceremony along with the General Manager of Central Lechera Asturiana, José Armando Tellado and the owners of the five cheese factories attached to the project; Alberto López from Afuega’l Pitu, Maribel Alvarez and Natalia Lobeto from Casín, José Antonio Teleña from Los Beyos, Manuel Collera from Vidiago and Manuel Rodriguez representing Cueva El Molín (Cabrales).

Cabrales: the second-best known and the fourth most-consumed cheese in Spain. It was created in the Picos de Europa and is made exclusively with raw cow’s milk and following the same traditional artisan techniques that have been used since 1913 at Cueva El Molín. The most surprising thing about this cheese is that it ripens in a cave where the Penicillium fungus gives it the characteristic blue-green streaks.

Afuega’l Pitu: it originates in Grao, Pravia, Salas and Tineo. It is made slowly with milk from Friesian or Asturias cows from the valleys. Its unique trunk-conical shape and the red variety with paprika make this cheese unique.

Casín: the oldest cheesemaker in Asturias and one of the oldest in Spain. It is made only with milk from casina cows, which freely graze in the Redes Natural Park.

Los Beyos: originating in the Los Beyos gorge, in the heart of the Picos de Europa, the milk used is of the highest quality and from selected farms. It is presently only made by three cheese factories in the Principality of Asturias.

Vidiago: for many years, only the Collera family made this cheese. Today, the family’s work has reached more producers. This cheese is made with Vidiago milk, from cows that graze in pastures near the sea, which makes the flavour smooth and distinctive.

“This project confirms Central Lechera Asturiana’s commitment to Asturias and to small Asturias producers, and is one step further in the dairy company’s growing commitment to cheeses. The five references are products of the highest quality made with milk from the finest dairy farms in Asturias, since the most important thing is to start from good raw material, from well fed animals in good pastures” said Jose Armando Tellado, General Manager of CAPSA FOOD.

Aligned with the Central Lechera Asturiana CSR strategy, El Maestro Quesero was conceived as a differential value proposition in which Central Lechera Asturiana supports traditional cheese factories in a commitment to quality, defending the all-natural from the farm to the table.

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