Technology and environment

Growing concern for the environment among communities and individuals means that when it comes to choosing products, environmental impact is decisive. This applies to both the food itself and the packaging it comes in. We care about the environmental implications of our activities and seek to anticipate and respond to market demand, so we choose packaging that is as eco-friendly as possible for our products.

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Tetra Pak® cartons for tomato drinks and derivatives
For our tomato drinks and derivatives we mainly use Tetra Pak® cartons, consisting on average of 70% paper, a renewable, certified and recyclable raw material.

Tetra Pak® is committed to ensuring that 100% of the cardboard used for its packaging is made with FSC® certified wood fibre and other controlled sources. FSC is an international organisation that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically sustainable global forest management.

Moreover, thanks to their high content of renewable materials and their logistical efficiency, Tetra Pak® cartons give excellent results in terms of CO2 emissions, and optimise shelf space at points of sale.

With regard to disposal, once the product has been consumed, the Tetra Pak® containers can be recycled in the differentiated waste systems provided by local municipalities.
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The compostable bag for frozen vegetables

Our frozen vegetables come packaged in innovative fully compostable bags, certified as OK Compost in line with UNI EN 13432: 2002 by TÜV Austria. They are made of bioplastic, which can be disposed of in organic waste containers.

Reducing energy and water consumption, limiting production waste, increasing efficiency: as well as using lower-impact packaging, our commitment to the environment is expressed through a global vision that seeks to make all our processes increasingly sustainable, as detailed in our Sustainability Report.

Water resources

Like our use of electricity and natural gas, our water use is strongly affected by seasonality, and is highest between May and October, when there is a greater flow of produce from farms for processing.
Regarding this valuable resource, upon which the future of the planet depends, we operate responsibly, investing to improve efficiency and sustainability.
In 2022, the water treatment plant in Alfonsine allowed us to recover 122,254 m3 of water and release 429,482 m3 (with permission for up to 750,000 m3).
Thanks to our purification plant, some of the outgoing clean water is recovered and reused – after being filtered and sanitised – for processes such as the cleaning of certain areas and equipment. The Larino plant is also managed according to procedures established in the Environmental Management System.
A number of studies are underway on interventions planned for 2023-2025, with the aim of reducing the use of potable water and increasing the volume of water recovered from the treatment plant.

Electricity use

Our commitment to a responsible use of environmental resources has also led to significant energy efficiency interventions implemented for the refrigeration units and departments of the Alfonsine plant, which have enabled us to considerably reduce electricity consumption.

To the same end, relamping was carried out at both the Larino and Alfonsine plants, involving the replacement of all lamps used on the production line, in warehouses and storage rooms with LED technology. Moreover, for rooms that are not in continuous use, LED technology has been combined with motion sensors to limit the use of lighting to when it is actually needed.
In 2022, further energy efficiency measures were implemented in the refrigeration units in order to reduce electricity consumption: most importantly the replacement of 2 ammonia compressors with inverters.

Methane gas use

We chose to use methane to fuel our heating systems because of its highly efficient combustion and lower emission of the major pollutants into the atmosphere. The energy generated by our plants in the form of high-pressure steam is used to cook vegetables prior to freezing, to pasteurise and sterilise nectars, juices, fruit/vegetable drinks, tomato pulp and passatas, and for grilling vegetables in our special ovens.
An important intervention for more efficient use of methane, carried out in 2022, was the replacement of one steam generator by 4 steam generators with lower thermal power, greater efficiency and lower environmental impact. Furthermore, additional facilities have been introduced to take advantage of the heat energy (hot water) made available by the cogeneration plant.

The cogeneration plant

One of our most significant investments in energy efficiency is the 2017 construction of a cogeneration plant at the Alfonsine site, which enabled us to:

  • produce on average 32% of the electricity needed for the operation of the Alfonsine production facility during the three-year period 2020-2022;
  • generate some of the steam needed for production cycles;
  • recover hot water for use in heating offices;
  • optimise the plant’s energy efficiency thanks to the combination of electric and thermal energy, more efficient used together than separately.

Extraction plant for legumes and cereals

The 2017 launch of an extraction plant for legumes and cereals allows Fruttagel to produce plant-based beverages by processing the raw ingredients directly at our own premises in Alfonsine, both benefiting producers and further ensuring efficiency and quality in the final product.

Fruttagel is the beneficiary of an approved project based on the Emilia-Romagna Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 Operation Type 4.2.01. Click here for more information.

Fruttagel is the beneficiary of a project approved under the Molise RDP 2014-2020 Measure 4 Sub-measure 4.2. Click for more information