O-live October, 2017
Towergate Insurance recently named our factory one of the most amazing factories in the world. You can read the full article here, and while it’s pretty interesting, we like to think the best part can be read a few lines down from here. By the way, our factory is still blushing from the glowing comments.
What’s fascinating about it: Firstly, it looks great! It may be concrete underneath but to fit in with the local landscape, the building is clad in a wood effect recycled type of concrete and glass. The architectural inspiration comes from other agricultural structures native to the Colchagua valley a very striking look.
It’s also very green: Olisur use sustainable practices during the whole production process. The groves are watered with an irrigation system powered by solar panels and they make an effort not to let any part of the olive go to waste. Many of the pits are sold or reused and converted into biofuels. The rest, along with the leftover olive skins and pulps, is made into fertilizer and used in the fields. The water used in the process along with the water obtained from the olives is treated and sent back to the irrigation systems.
Claudio Lovazzano at Olisur told us, “The goal is to treat the land with the same respect it’s shown us. That way, not only can we become the world’s top extra virgin olive oil brand, we can feel good about doing so.”
It’s efficient too – the factory can process from harvest to finished product within four hours. This means that the freshness, flavour and extremely low acidity level (0.2%) can be achieved and bottled up ready to be poured over your favourite salad or a crusty ciabatta. This production method and low acidity has meant Olisur has won several awards worldwide.
So how many olive trees does it take to make 2.5 million litres of olive oil per year? Well, in the case of Olisur, the answer is 2,600,000 making it one of the largest olive groves in the world. Olisur plant 1620 trees per acre and the high density of trees per acre means the trees grow shorter allowing them to be mechanically harvested.