|Police escort tanker from a bodega (foto:diariodejerez)|
The seven Cooperatives of the Marco de Jerez are looking at ways to integrate with the super cooperative Dcoop or to create a group of economic interest. Between them the 3,000 coop members own half the Sherry vineyards and have an annual turnover of 12 million euros. Discussions have been delayed by the harvest and the strike, but are continuing as the members feel that joining such a large entity would increase their competitiveness. Dcoop encompasses cooperatives in Castilla-la-Mancha and Pais Vasco as well as Andalucia and the Sherry coops hope that joining it will also help mitigate price speculation and curb excess production.