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Restored CEMEX quarries in Spain yield bountiful harvest

Date published: October 5, 2010

During the late summer months, over 1,000 tons of citrics and 100,000 kilograms of wine grapes were harvested from two restored CEMEX quarries in the Spanish cities of Alicante and Castillejo. The quarries, known as El Clotet and Yepes, are two examples of how responsible land management can have a positive environmental and economic effect.

CEMEX quarries in Spain

This is the 25th anniversary of the conversion of El Clotet from an aggregates quarry to a citric plantation. This year, it has seen tremendous growth with 15,000 new trees on 28 acres, bringing the plantation to a total of 138 acres. Over 1,000 tons of citrics are still in the process of being harvested, 90% of which will be sold as far as the United States, France, Italy, England, and Germany. CEMEX employees, children from neighboring schools, and members of the community have all pitched in tending to the harvest, and are now joining the company in celebrating 25 years of success.

CEMEX quarries in Spain

The Yepes vineyard held its sixth harvest, and it was one of its best. The vineyard is one of the biggest success stories of CEMEX's global quarry restoration strategy. The restoration project was one of the first of its kind in Spain, and it sought to transform the land into something that would contribute to the environment but also be economically sustainable. Today, the vineyard has 26 acres with 92,000 vines. This year's harvest will yield 100,000 kilograms of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes, which will become 100,000 bottles of wine under the "Viña canterana" label. CEMEX's agriculture division experts have been tending to the vineyard all year long, and this bountiful harvest is a testament to their efforts.

These projects have been replicated by CEMEX worldwide with great success. In Croatia, a quarry was turned into an olive grove in 2005. The thriving plantation has 1,800 olive trees in over 35,000 square meters and is responsible for the creation of Lintar Olive Oil, which is marketed succesfully in Croatia.

CEMEX works diligently to responsibly manage the land within and around its operations. Worldwide, 82% of active cement and aggregates sites have quarry rehabilitation plans in place, and is on track to reach its target of 100% by 2015.

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