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    Consum started out in 1975 as a consumer cooperative, with the opening of its first establishment in Alaquàs (Valencia) and a collective of 600 consumer partners.

    Since then, the development of Consum has been characterised by continued growth until it is now in the position of being the largest cooperative in Spain, and one of the main companies in the distribution sector. The rapid initial growth of the commercial network and the number of consumer partners consolidated a business entity that was later joined by smaller, existing consumer cooperatives in various localities such as Silla, Enguera and L’Olleria (Valencia).

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    Since 1987, there has been a change in the expansion patterns of the Consum Cooperative, with the acquisition of other larger distribution companies: Vegeva, Ecoben, Alihogar and Jobac in the Valencian Community, as well as Distac and Disbor in Catalonia.

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    Consum Cooperative was part of Eroski Group in the early 1990s. This commercial alliance ended in February 2004, following the decision of the Consum Cooperative to dissociate itself because of divergences in the organisational model that was gradually being formed.

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    In 2007, Consum increased the Consum Supermarkets network and Consum Basic in Catalonia, with 53 Supersol Supermarkets, consolidating its expansion in Catalonia. That same year, the Cooperative also acquired 62 Caprabo supermarkets, distributed throughout the Valencian Community, Murcia, Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusia, reinforcing its strategic position in the Mediterranean arc. In May 2010 it acquired 21 supermarkets from Vidal Europe and one from Eroski, following its policy of organic expansion.

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    Currently, Consum is active in the distribution sector through a commercial network of more than 791 supermarkets distributed between Consum and the Charter franchises. It has a workforce of more than 17,380 workers, more than 3,300,000 consumer members and is present in the Valencian Community, Catalonia, Murcia, Castilla-La Mancha, Aragon and Andalusia.

“At present Consum has over 791 supermarkets, distributed between Consum and the Charter franchises”.

“Our consumer partner collective has already surpassed 3 million people”.