- It all begins with the olive tree. Farmers count on technical advice and management from an agronomist, one for each 2,500 hectares. The traceability is guaranteed from its origin, all of the data is registered starting with the olive tree itself.
Such record keeping can readily detect any pests or diseases that might affect the tree and its product. In such a case, any action would be taken bearing in mind the health and safety of the local fauna and plant life, guaranteeing that any fruit that is selected would be exempt from any type of residual pesticides.
Over 150 million kilograms of olives are harvested in November and December, when they reach their ideal stage of maturity.
The olive is harvested in such a manner as to keep all of its organoleptic qualities and characteristics in tact. Exhaustive measures are taken to guarantee this.
In the filtering stage, by removing organic matter that speeds up oxidation and deterioration, we are able to maintain the positive the characteristics and attributes of the extra virgin olive oil.
This is why Oleoestepa counts on a filtration plant with the capacity to process approximately 12,000 tons of extra virgin olive oil and with key certifications to assure this quality: ISO 14001:2004, International Food Standard, British Retail Consortium, Certificate of Quality from the Junta de Andalucía, and Organic Certifications from USDA and European Union.
At Oleoestepa generation after generation has worked alongside nature to obtain the best. This has given way to the conservation of a forest of more than 7 million trees.
This ecosystem is perfectly balanced in large part due to the symbiotic relationship between nature and the inhabitants of the area.
The basis of this sustainability is integrated production and organic farming methods. Both systems base themselves on a combination of farming techniques and production techniques that are mindful of the environment and at the same time achieve high quality products. This is done with a food safety guarantee and without sacrificing the full production capacity. Reasonable use of natural resources is observed, especially water, in order to avoid erosion.
For consumers, our products, because of our farming systems, provide a guarantee of food safety, quality, and sustainability. These are precisely the criteria that should be weighed upon when purchasing. At Oleoestepa, 100% of the 54,000 hectares of olive trees are farmed using the Integrated or Organic production systems. This vision is permeated throughout the Cooperative and could be considered a System of Sustainable Activity.