Located in the Burgio district, in the industrial area of Butera, the new plant is divided into three production areas for the processing of liquid phase products, solid phase products and dried products for a total area of 25,000 square meters. A warehouse with 2500 platform spaces ensures an important storage of the processed products.
San Cono production area
Located less than a kilometer from the cultivations and immersed in the production district of the prickly pear of San Cono, the structure houses first washing and sanitizing lines for cladodes and freshly harvested fruits to be subsequently processed.
Organic crops since 1995
By October we will start the Natrue certification for products intended for the cosmetic sector.
Activities and services
Our company supplies semi-finished raw material obtained from prickly pear plants for the food, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic B2B sector. We create numerous dry products and extracts from cladodes and fruits of the Opuntia ficus indica plant using proprietary technologies. The great commitment in the development of verticalized machines on the mechanical and cold processing of cladodes allows us, to date, to be the first and only in the world to offer on an industrial scale an integral organic cladode gel extract with intact chemical-physical properties. In addition to semi-finished products, we offer our customers all the documentation, scientific knowledge and assistance necessary for the development of formulas or variants that can satisfy specific production needs in subsequent processing.
Creating new products is a very complex challenge for those who have, as an absolute condition, the sustainability of processes, crops and farmers. The sustainability of the manufacturing processes is guaranteed by lines that use electricity from photovoltaic panels during the day. Dryers use heat generated by biomass boilers. The crops are organic and the dripline irrigation systems are electronically managed by automated systems that optimize water resources thanks to numerous sensors installed directly in the field that monitor the state of the plants and require sectorized irrigation only when necessary. Respect for the biological phases of the crops pushes us to create processing time windows ranging from:
- From October to May of the following year for the production of gels and supplements from cladodes.
- June for the collection of cladodes. flowers
- From August to September for fruit processing.
A group of very young people in love with Sicily and strongly convinced of the enormous development potential that the territory can offer. We are determined to become the European reference for Opuntia Ficus Indica products.
There are banks whose goal is not mere profit. There are banks that have the purpose of contributing to the promotion and development of the territory in which they operate and that are therefore authentically local. There are banks that are effective and efficient for their members and customers, but which also feel a "social responsibility" towards the community. The Don Rizzo Cooperative Credit Bank has this identity, and we are witnesses of it. They believed in our project and proposed tailor-made solutions offering us all their professionalism. We feel privileged to be part of it and the success of our products is also thanks to their important support.
In choosing the heat generation system for our dryers and in compliance with our sustainability principles, we have found in the Tatano company a very reliable and professional partner with whom we have shared strategies and found excellent tailor-made solutions. Since 1975, the Tatano brothers have been operating in the construction of biomass boilers, guaranteeing state-of-the-art class 5 products made according to the most innovative systems of environmental sustainability.
Farm Il fico di San Cono
Filippo Milazzo, with his farm, is our partner in fruit processing.
Chimica Verde Bionet is a non-profit association established on 21 March 2006 by Legambiente Nazionale and a group of experts from the world of research and the Italian university, with the aim of promoting and developing research and industrial application of raw materials of vegetable origin. The mutual respect and esteem created over the years have allowed us to develop projects focused on eco-sustainability and promotion for the development of Opuntia-based products.