Juan Carlos López, a pioneer in the cultivation and production of goji berries in Spain

Juan Carlos López was born in Germany and studied Computer Science. Son of a Sevilian emigrant and a German citizen, he was born and lived all his life in this Central European country. In 2007, he decided to settle in Almonte (Huelva, Andalusia) and a few years later, he launched a new project that was as original as risky: Juan Carlos developed the first goji berries farm in Spain along with two partners. According to López, thanks to its antioxidant and antibacterial properties, and its vitamins and minerals, this fruit originary from the Himalayas is “one of the healthiest products in the world.” After a difficult start because of the ignorance of the European market regarding these berries, he began to expand his horizons from his farm, located in Niebla (Huelva),to the Swiss, German, Austrian and Belgian markets.

Robert Stockwell, corn with the flavours of Andalusia winning over the European palate

Corn dried under the Andalusian sun. Sunflower oil from Cadiz and Seville. Salt from the Bay of Cadiz. These and only these are the ingredients of the nachos made by SuperMexFoods, which are making their way into the European market from their factory in  El Puerto de Santa Maria. Malta, Switzerland,Iceland, France, and Israel are just some of the countries that they are exported to. It is Robert Stockwell who is behind this success, an American who came to Cadiz in the 80s to work with his brother, Bruce, in a Tex Mex restaurant–  one of the first of this type in Spain – and who was born in the heat of the North American Naval Station Rota. Shortly after, Robert decided to launch his own brand of nachos using high quality, local ingredients.

Juan de Dios García, olive oil which triumphs from Australia to the USA

As a child, he accompanied his father to the olive grove. Now, he and his sister are responsible for the family business. Juan de Dios García is the production manager of O-Med Oil, a company which produces and exports extra virgin olive oil to more than 40 countries such as: the USA, South Africa or Australia. This olive oil production takes place in Ácula, Granada (Andalusia) and in 2017 it has received several worldwide recognitions such as: the Spanish Food Prize, the most important that is delivered in Spain, or the Mario Solinas Prize delivered by the International Olive Council.

Domingo Sánchez, leading the magical world of Cirque des Sens

Domingo Sánchez founded Cirque des Sens in 2015, after working for the film industry in the producing company Merlin, located in Benalmádena, Málaga. Since then, this circus company has performed two shows. Thanks to the first one, ‘Aihua’, they have gone on tour across Spain and visited the Calderón Theatre, in Madrid. With their second show, ‘Kibai’ this company has become the first to go on tour around Saudi Arabia. On the stage, they combine acrobatics and circus arts.