Technical tours will take place on Wednesday, 26 June and will include two alternative tours.
Visit to an Italian leading growing media producer (Fertil), an horticultural nursery (Gremizzi Sergio), a basil grower (Sempre Fresco) and to an on-site demonstration of transplanting machines in a farm producing lettuce (Ferrari Costruzioni Meccaniche and Azienda Agricola Porrini).
Visit to an Italian agro-food company (La Linea Verde) specialized in the production of fresh-cut salads and chilled fresh ready soups, following the whole food chain (from the fresh-cut to fresh ready meals) and to an Italian leading growing media producer (Fertil).
Conference participants will be able to choose one of the two options via the registration order form. Registration for the technical tours is handled through the conference registration system.
Below the list of companies included in the trips:
Fertil was established in 1986 as the first Italian organization dedicated to the recovery of organic wastes by composting; the company began a programme of work that now enables the yearly recovery of 100,000 tonnes of organic waste, and transformation of this into high quality compost. Today the composted product forms an important component of growing media. Since 2004, the Company has designed the first Italian Peat Free growing medium, to limit the use of non-renewable resources. Today, its efforts are focused to the elimination of the environmental impact of the packaging.
La Linea Verde, with headquarters located in Manerbio (in Italy, near Milan), is an agro-food company specialised in the production of fresh-cut salads and chilled fresh ready soups. The company was founded by two brothers, Giuseppe and Domenico Battagliola (still in charge of the business) and relies on solid family values. La Linea Verde boasts 40 years of experience in agriculture and more than 25 years in fresh-cut produce. The group manufactures under its own umbrella-brand DimmidiSì (Italian translation of “tell me yes”) and is a co-packer for European large-scale retailers. With 6 production sites (situated in Italy, Spain and Serbia), 5 commercial offices (Italy, Spain, Serbia, Russia and France) and a turnover of 238 M euros in 2017, La Linea Verde works for 60 retailer brands both in Italy and in Europe. La Linea Verde is an exporter of baby leaf salads all over Europe, boasts its own farms and state-of-the-art greenhouses. La Linea Verde monitors the entire supply chain in order to guarantee complete control over the product’s life cycle: from seeding and harvesting at the farm, to processing at the production site, all the way up to delivery at the point of sale.
Vivai Gremizzi: since 1980 an horticultural nursery specialized in the production of young plants for conventional and hydroponic production of leafy vegetables like lettuce, basil and herbs in general, chicory, endive, leek, onion, celery and cabbage in greenhouses. Seedlings are grown on different sizes of blocking peat based substrates. The whole production covers an area of 2.6 ha.
Ferrari Costruzioni Meccaniche: Ferrari Costruzioni Meccaniche manufactures vegetable farm equipment for more than 50 years. The company is based in Guidizzolo, a little town located in the North of Italy close to the Garda Lake. The company is specialized in the production of transplanting machines, both semi-automated and fully automated farm equipments as tray, block and bare roots planters and automated weeders.
Sempre Fresco s.r.l.: a producer of basil in soilless cultivation on a surface of 1 ha. Other herbs like mint, laurel, parsley, sage and rosemary are cultivated in organic farming on greenhouses covering an area of 0.5 ha.