Conferors less than 30 km from the factory, a very strict specification and great technology allow you to have a very fresh product on the tables, just a few hours after harvesting.
Their smiling faces stand out on the packaging of the salads that they cultivate with pride and passion, Bonduelle then packs them and brings them directly to our tables. They are the farmers "that put their faces on it", Confident in the quality of their work and their products. We went to find them and to check with our own eyes.
Quality and professionalism, in a word, safety for the consumer
Nicola and Marco Salera, owners of the La Vallere farm near the Bonduelle plant in San Paolo d’Argon, since 2003 they sow and harvest the fourth range salads that Bonduelle packs and sells, cultivating 30 hectares of land according to the highest quality standards. From 2013 they are in organic conversion and from 2020 they will be certified organic. Some of the references of salads such as lettuce, valerian and arugula that make up the range are sown on their land "Farmers salads" by Bonduelle. The use of organic pesticides, irrigation through water from an artesian well, the use of machines that do not develop gas in the greenhouse and the sterilization of the field with propane gas at 500 degrees every time the harvest is made, guarantee a safe and top quality product. The salads are harvested early in the morning, immediately cut to 4 ° and transported with refrigerated trucks to the Bonduelle plant in San Paolo d’Argon, in the province of Bergamo, to be washed and packaged. All in the sign of the traceability of every green tuft that reaches our tables. “Our products – he explains Nicola Salera – they are 100% safe. They are not treated with chemicals, the soils where the salads are grown are worked in rotation in order not to deplete the soil, after each cut a machine, passing on the stretch of land, sucks up the remaining foliage to prevent it from rotting and develop pathogens. The greenhouses are heated to ensure the correct sprouting of the seeds when the outside temperatures start to drop, so that the products can be guaranteed throughout the year, in a continuous cycle ".
Bonduelle: the dot of freshness
Bonduelle is a family business with 120 years of history behind it, which has managed to reach its seventh generation in excellent health. The secret? A board of first level managers made up of members from outside the family, an always forward-looking vision, a real obsession with sustainability in all areas. In Italy there are two factories, one in the province of Bergamo, the other in Battipaglia, in the province of Salerno. In Bergamo 350 thousand envelopes are packaged every day, which are sent to large retailers within 24 hours of collection. Bonduelle is the only company in our country to have an internal certified laboratory that carries out all kinds of analyzes to guarantee a safe and fresh product. With "Farmer's Salads" the company married the philosophy of localism and the short chain, through the direct guarantee of those who grow the products. Each contributor is a real partner for Bonduelle, who adheres to specifics European protocols which ensure a safe and biological process from sowing to harvest. The "Farmer's Salads" range consists of a total of 6 products, some seasonal and others active all year round: lettuce, rocket, songino, spinach, trio freshness, and Lusia IGP salad. All these Bonduelle salads, once they reach the factory, are washed, dried and wrapped. The packs are immediately stored in a refrigerated room, before being sent to the large distribution. And it is precisely this process, from collection to packaging, that allows the shelf of each salad, so that we can have a safe, healthy and fresh product on our tables. Always.