EXKAL, as a member of the LuzIA Foundation, has carried out a training course on artificial intelligence at the Marcilla Institute, IES Marques de Villena, for the 3rd and 4th of ESO. Our colleagues Jefferson Quezada (Engineering Application) and Álvaro Santafé (IT) have shared their knowledge about AI during several days at the educational center. As a final point of the course, the students have made a guided visit by Daniel Antoñanzas (CEO EXKAL) to the EXKAL manufacturing facilities. They have been able to analyze real applications of this technology, resolve doubts and consider their professional future as active members in AI.

LuzIA Foundation

Foundation for the promotion of Artificial Intelligence in Navarra, was created to publicize this technology, lay down theoretical foundations and promote future professional profiles that generate greater foral competitiveness. LuzIA is made up of several companies, including Helphone, IAR, Exkal, Das-Nano, Arpa Consultores, Fundación Industrial Navarra and Gobierno de Navarra; It has four other objectives: to disseminate the technical knowledge of artificial intelligence, to foster ethical debate on its adoption, to function as an advisory body, and to promote an innovation ecosystem open to anyone who wants to contribute.

Exkal, new CNTA member

EXKAL is part of the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (CNTA). We continue very focused on our goal of improving food display and preservation. Our contribution and unified technological development with CNTA will improve differential elements such as temperature, air speed, humidity, lighting or packaging.

We consider that innovation is a good way to find adequate solutions that respond to specific needs, respecting the environment, the idea of a globalized and interdependent world and ensuring a sustainable future.

Complementing it with research and knowledge is today a necessity, and this is what the CNTA can contribute to us.

National Center for Food Safety and Technology (CNTA)

is a private non-profit making association. Since 1981, the aim of this technological centre is to contribute towards improving the competitiveness and quality of the food sector.

Develop two types of activity:

● Capture of knowledge

● Technology transfer through:

  • R + D + i projects
  • Technological services
  • Training

CNTA has the vocation of:

● Be at the forefront

● Achieve technological excellence

● Orient their activities to obtain results

● Acquire a commitment to each partner and customer

OTD Challenge 2021

EXKAL ACTIVELY PARTICIPATES IN OTD CHALLENGE 2021 through a presentation by Daniel Antoñanzas (CEO EXKAL) on the role of people as catalysts of the digital transformation process in companies.

The OTD Challenge aspires to become the epicenter of the digital transformation of the whole of northern Spain. Although it is only two years old, it was already able to bring together more than 600 professionals in the Navarra Arena in Pamplona, ​​in order to publicize the good practices in this area of ​​innovation of 44 companies, which exhibited cases of implementation of technological solutions that are already being developed in Navarra, Aragon, Madrid and the Basque Country.


We have obtained the ISO 27001 Certification – Information security management. ISO27001 is part of ISO27000.

ISO 27000 is a set of international standards on information security management, approved and published by the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission.

Expert webinar by EUROVENT: Ecodesign and energy labelling requirements

In this webinar, expert members will present the Eurovent Industry Recommendation on the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling requirements for refrigeration appliances with a direct sales function.

Key learning points of this webinar include:

1. Ecodesign and Energy Labelling requirements for refrigerating appliances with a direct sales function and EPREL (including products in the scope of the Regulations)

2. What is a reference/deducted model and how to extrapolate the EEI of a deducted model

3. How to deal with incomplete deliveries and how to increase the effectiveness of market surveillance

The individual topics will be followed by a moderated Q&A session, where participants are invited to discuss any related issues.

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EXKAL, one of 101 Business Examples of Actions #PorElClima (forclimatechange)

The 101 Business Examples of Actions #PorElClima are a reflection of the interest and climate effort of Spanish companies. The #PorElClima Community wants to acknowledge its strong commitment and give visibility to all initiatives put in place to deal with climate emergency. Because the private sector is a key player in promoting climate change, which we so much need. EXKAL has been chosen as a business example.

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Exkal joins the #apoyamoslosODS campaign promoted by the Spanish Global Compact Network

On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the approval of the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), EXKAL joins the #apoyamoslosODS campaign to work on the dissemination of these United Nations Goals, in collaboration with the Spanish Network of Global Compact, initiative to which it belongs. The objective is to act, from their own commitment to the SDGs, as a speaker and achieve a multiplier effect so that they get to know each other and work.

In October 2019, Exposición y Conservación de Alimentos S.A. (EXKAL) joined the UN Global Compact initiative, the world’s largest sustainability initiative. Since the approval of the 2030 Agenda in 2015, in addition to its commitment to promoting the Ten Principles, it has worked to align its corporate management with the SDGs, where it finds new business opportunities, improves relations with its stakeholders and promotes innovation.

In this sense, EXKAL has established a series of commitments and good practices aligned with its strategy. Among these, the following stand out:

    • The development of products and technologies for low CO2 emissions,
    • The electrification of the plant and the increase in renewable energies through the installation of photovoltaic panels that allow a high level of sustainable self-consumption,
    • Join the “Pact for the circular economy”, making progress in reducing the use of non-renewable natural resources and increasing the use of reused materials in the company’s production cycle.

“Aligned with the Earth Summit on Climate Change held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and the successive revisions and agreements of Kyoto 1997, Paris 2015 and the last one in Katowice at the end of 2018, at Exkal we continue to seek solutions to minimize the impact of emissions generated by our activity and our products, thanks to an improvement in environmental management and in the efficiency of production processes ”, highlights Alfonso Antoñanzas.

With this type of action, the Spanish Global Compact Network and its member organizations seek to contribute to the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, work that, in these moments of crisis and uncertainty, is configured as the formula to create the sustainable future that the world needs.

Promoting the contribution of companies to sustainable development

It has been five years since the United Nations General Assembly approved the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), unanimously by the 193 participating States, including Spain. “Leave no one behind” is the axis of the agreement. The SDGs propose ending poverty and hunger, reducing inequalities, and tackling urgent challenges like climate change.

To achieve such an ambitious Agenda, the necessary participation of all was agreed: governments, companies, civil society and citizens from all over the world. Its strength comes from the universal character of the agreement and the ambition of its 169 goals. Achieving them requires an unprecedented effort on the part of all sectors of society; and companies have a very important role to play in this endeavor. Achieving the SDGs requires combining the drive of the public sector, companies, investors and civil society.

Ten years to meet the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has called on all sectors of society to mobilize in this “Decade of action”.

The “Decade of Action” calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to the world’s major challenges; from poverty and gender equality, to climate change, inequality and closing the financial gap. Businesses have a very important role to play in this endeavor.

The new models extend their scope of action

The good reception that these formats are having among consumers has made urban convenience work its way little by little.

This is the case of ‘Rapid’, a model developed by Eroski and its subsidiary for Catalonia, Caprabo. In fact, it was this company that, in 2015, premiered ‘Caprabo Ràpid’, characterized by being a “very urban, agile and dynamic” center, geared towards a public that “demands proximity, length of hours, variety of assortment and services of added value ”, combined with its traditional pillars (“ variety, quality, proximity, service ”), points out the Catalan chain. Already in 2017, it was Eroski who began its expansion, assuming the aforementioned name ‘Rapid’, which has the “largest assortment per square meter”, they assure from these entities. As of today, the ensign accumulates 14 points of sale (2,218 m2), eight managed by Caprabo (1,200 m2) and six by Eroski (1,018 m2).

This 2019, four years after its launch, ‘Caprabo Ràpid’ has made the leap outside the city of Barcelona, ​​reaching Lleida (150 m2). Its openings this year are completed with another pair of centers in the Catalan capital, which currently has eight “Ràpid” which, according to Claudio Estévez, “are working very well because, clearly, they meet new consumer demands.” “We are very happy with the evolution of this format”, abounds this manager, so “we continue working so that its updating is something continuous”. Regarding its “mix”, around 75% is food (5% prepared food) and, 25%, non food.

For its part, Eroski has incorporated three ‘Rapids’ (495 m2) in the Balearic municipalities of Cala Viñas (260 m2) and the city of Palma (100 m2), together with the first in Granada capital (135 m2), which also has implied his arrival in Andalusia. In 2018, ‘Rapid’ debuted in Alicante and Madrid with two self-services in the municipality of Torrevieja and the capital. However, the Madrilenian closed “temporarily” last November due to “reforms in the building” where it was installed, Eroski has confirmed to Alimarket. His forecasts include the release of 200 ‘Rapid’ in five years. Of its 3,600 products, around 4% (about 200) fall within what the company calls Cul Culinary Solutions ’, divided equally between immediate consumption (empanadas or salads) and prepared food solutions. Globally, 94% of its portfolio is food, 5% non-food and, 1%, campaigns carried out with exclusive references. Furthermore, in 2019, the cooperative has replicated this format in its first three via Avia ’service stations, in Pamplona (128 m2), Gernika-Lumo (Bizkaia, 100 m2) and Logroño (67 m2). The Andalusian group MAS also inaugurated last April its first ‘Mas & Go’ in Córdoba, specifically in the capital (250 m2), to which two more were added in Seville (725 m2), which have located their fabric in 11 stores (3,575 m2). It should be noted that this brand, which took its first steps in 2011, has incorporated this exercise services such as ‘La Cocina’, where it offers more than 20 freshly made dishes that, in turn, can be tasted in the ‘Eat & Go’ area, first-time also in 2019.

Meanwhile, at the end of 2018 Auchan Retail Spain was bringing its convenience model to the Basque Country. Specifically, it transformed a ‘Simply City’, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, to ‘Mi Alcampo’ and, within it, to the ‘7d7’ format. Currently, there are 16 operational ‘7d7’ stores, two of which have been opened this year in Zaragoza capital. Apart from this standard, the French is developing other concepts closely related to convenience. In this sense, last October it incorporated ‘Mi bistró’ (a service already operational in hypermarkets), in a first Madrid supermarket. It is an area that works as a small cafeteria, with a bar service and a refrigerated display case with sandwiches, sandwiches and juices. In front of it is the ‘Mi Espacio’ consumption area, with tables, chairs, microwaves and a screen with general contents. The aforementioned ‘Mi Espacio’ was already available in the ‘Alcampo Supermercado’ in the Madrid neighborhood of Montecarmelo -which also offers’ Mi Bistró’-, in addition to Zaragoza (c / Cesar Augusto and Fernando el Católico), Pamplona (c / Marcelo Celayeta), Barcelona (Mercado San Martí) and Madrid (c / Orense). It should be noted that the latter has been the first to incorporate the ‘My Ready Meals’ area, which has ready-to-eat food served in bulk (rice, pasta, stews, etc.) and which comes to complement an existing space called’ Take Away ‘. Located at the entrance of the premises, it includes complete refrigerated shelves that group all the references belonging to this concept (salads, creams, cold drinks, RTD coffees, etc.).

Finally, Madrid’s Ferjama (‘Casa Elías, El Buen Mercado’), has just launched est Zona para ti ’, an area with tables, chairs and a microwave. The idea is for customers to consume the precooked items found in the ‘Eat’ section, located at the entrance to the store and which consists of several refrigerated display cases. Currently, it can be found in the three openings that Ferjama has made in 2019 in Madrid capital.


At Exkal, we join the movement “We turn heads”

At Exkal we have joined the initiative of Family Businesses “We give our heads” to boost economic activity and so that among all people and companies we can carry out this complicated situation.

To do this, we have made this video that summarizes our social commitment during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Supermarkets in petrol stations continue growing and transforming

Convenience stores in service stations have suffered a profound metamorphosis from its origin (as a complement to the sale of fuel) to the current situation, in which a complete reorganization of the model and assortment has been carried out “towards new formats, adapting our offer, improving the points of sale, in order to make them more attractive to the consumer and serve them in their day-to-day lives, ”said David Cervantes, director of Non Oil at Galp Energía in the framework of the IX Alimarket Great Consumption Meeting. And the efforts seem to be paying off. Suffice it to say that, based on data provided by the consulting firm Nielsen and related to the TAM ended last October, this segment generated 1.4% of the total turnover of the large consumption (peninsula + Balearic Islands), after registering an advance of 7 , 7% versus 2.8% overall. Positive trajectory in which the distribution has had a lot to do since, as Gema del Castillo assures, Client Development Director of Nielsen, “the entrance of the distributors in this channel helped to accelerate its transformation and we have had several years of growth close to 10% ”. And all this because, each of these stores covers “a different mission”, so, while in some areas it may be “successful to offer an assortment similar to that of a neighborhood super, others need one totally focused on impulse and with a powerful offer of ‘on-site’ or ready-to-eat eating solutions, ”says Del Castillo.

Based on the data collected by Alimarket Gran Consumo, as of October 31, 2019, the organized distribution led more than 800 self-services in this type of facilities, for the 690 that operated at the end of 2018. In these ten months, this medium estimates that the openings have been around 200, while the closures have barely reached twenty. It should be noted here that, in the number of releases, not only new premises are included, but also those that have been franchised with a chain. Taking again as a reference to Nielsen, today, of the 9,974 gas stations that comprise its study universe in our country, 80% have a store (about 8,000), but supermarket companies only agglutinate about 800 (as we have commented ), so the margin of growth is very wide.

DIA leves the sector

As part of its global commitment to gain positions in the convenience market, at the beginning of 2018 DIA – jointly with BP-, launched a pilot project to be installed in several gas stations of the oil company in Madrid, with the ‘Shop’ anagram. However, in March 2019, both entities terminated this agreement, which had 12 active stores (four with the anagram and the rest supplied by the listed group) although, at that time, DIA stressed that its project in Service stations were still “alive” thanks to the ‘Every Day’ franchises. But the arrival of a new owner and management team to the chain has meant a change of course and, now, has decided to eliminate ‘Every Day’ and leave this market. However, the disappearance of the latter teaches is not as immediate as that of ‘Shop’, because some of the contracts signed with franchisees do not expire until 2020. It is because of this fact that they remain operative around thirty of ‘ Every day ‘at gas stations, very similar data to 2018.

For its part, BP maintains its agreement with Dinosol Supermarkets for the installation of ‘Dinoshop’ centers in part of its Canarian gas stations. Currently, there are 29 operating establishments.

‘Supercor Stop&Go’ will exceed 300 points of sale

In September 2017, El Corte Inglés and Repsol signed a “strategic” agreement thanks to which they planned to create “the largest network of proximity and convenience stores in Spain”, to the extent that the Madrid group could extend its brand ‘Supercor Stop & Go ‘at around 3,500 gas stations’ Repsol’, ‘Campsa’ and ‘Petronor’ of the energy company in our country, both own and franchised. In parallel, El Corte Inglés became the Repsol purchasing center, offering more than 35,000 food, gourmet, beverage and bazaar references, as well as 60,000 non-food items (leisure, accessories, etc.).

Just twelve months later, both companies made this first announcement and presented an expansion plan that includes the commissioning of a thousand ‘Supercor Stop & Go’ in the next three years. At the end of 2018, a total of 113 operated that, in mid-2019 (last known data), rose to more than 200, with 2019 planned to conclude with 350. If this plan were fulfilled, the English Court would become the most Opening of the year, although he would continue to occupy the second position of the classification
And it is that, at the top, Carrefour continues, which manages 399 ‘Carrefour Express’, having released 42 this year, based on data from Alimarket. In fact, France’s commitment to this line of business is such that the quarantine of convenience stores that have seen the light, account for more than half (specifically 58.3%) of the total openings materialized by the French to date, established in 72.
After Carrefour and Supercor, Galician Gadisa occupies the third position by number of stores. This year has added 13 ‘Claudio Express’ (1,850 m2). It currently controls 72, including the first one at street level in A Coruña (200 m2), launched in June.

New commercial models arrive

The growth opportunities offered by service stations (with a potential market of almost 9,000 locations) have become a focus of attraction for distribution, which, in some cases, has led to these sites their younger bets. This is the case of Auchan Retail which, at the end of 2018, premiered its proximity teaching ‘My Alcampo’, at a service station in Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real). A few months later, in March, Eroski replicated his urban convenience model ‘Rapid’, in Gernika (Bizkaia), to which, later, two more were added in Pamplona and Logroño, all of them in gas stations ‘Avia’. In line, the Basque has told Alimarket that, although “for the moment” there is no agreement between the two companies, they do not discard it for the future. In any case, the three open stores offer more than 1,500 references of food, beverages, drugstore, perfumery and own oven.

For its part, the energy company Galp premiered, together with GM Food Iberica, a new interior and exterior image in its commercial units. As a result, what the company calls ‘foodconvencience’ has emerged, which, according to David Cervantes, brings together “the best of momentum, the supermarket and coffee shops in the same concept”. His pilot test began last summer, in Valdemoro (Madrid), with the teaching ‘Suma Express’. Looking ahead, the plans focus on renovating, mainly, the facilities in urban centers with the objective that, in the long term, about one hundred of its almost 300 current outlets will operate under this franchise format.