STORING THE RAW MATERIALS

Fiorentini Firenze is one of the biggest storage centers for extra virgin olive oil in Italy with a capacity of almost 8 million liters at a temperature guaranteed by an air conditioning system (18-22 °C).
The company’s storage capacity is equal to 7,164 tons which is necessary for processing activities, divided into 69 stainless steel silos of different capacities (from 16 to 500 tons).

In order to ensure qualitatively distinct characteristics for each Extra Virgin oil, it is necessary to keep the various oils separate until they are bottled: other types of oil (rectified olive oils and olive oils) are stored in tanks in separate areas with totally different connecting pipes from those used for the tanks of Extra Virgin oils.

The storage tanks have sensors that visualize the quantity of oil contained, the empty space available and the handling status. Any movement of oil from one tank to another is always recorded. Eight pumping units are available for moving the oil with the possibility of eight cistern loading/unloading points. The oil loading/unloading speed is 60 tons/h per pumping unit.

The storage plant is one of the first in Italy to be equipped for the new nitrogen Preservation technology and Cold Cycle Processing.
brrr! The silos containing the oil are filled with Nitrogen in order to prevent oxidization and keep temperatures low. The following percentages indicate the types of oil stored for processing.
extra virgin oil
organic oil
PDO/PGI oil
olive oil
olive-pomace oil

FILTERING AND POLISHING

All the Extra Virgin oils are subjected to a Filtering process and, immediately before packaging, to Polishing; this serves to considerably improve their preservability without in any way compromising the characteristics of freshness and the nutritional qualities.

During Filtering the oil is passed through filtering cloths which remove the impurities that give it a cloudy appearance.

Polishing, straight after bottling, represents an additional precaution: a final passage through a cellulose filter (common absorbent paper of a few mm thickness).

The Fiorentini Firenze production plant is equipped with 1 Galigani Filter Press that can filter up to 300 tons of oil a day, and a Polisher for carrying out carton filter polishing at a speed of 10 tons/h. The plant also has Sensors which are able to monitor:

TURBIDITY

At the inlet and outlet point of each filter as well as at the beginning of each additional processing phase

TEMPERATURE

At each step of the filtering process as well as at the beginning /end of the entire processing procedure

PRESSURE

Exercised by the oil in the pipes of the filter, the polisher and those originating from the storage tanks.

BOTTLING

The bottling plant consists of five production lines with an average daily bottling capacity­ of around 200,000 bottles.
The bottles used are new and kept in separate rooms, in suitable hygienic conditions. In any case, once they enter the packaging line they are subjected to additional precautionary hygiene and control measures.

COMPRESSED AIR

Compressed air is blown into the upturned bottles in order to guarantee the maximum hygiene.

FILLING

Each oil – Fruttato, Classico, Delicato, PDO, PGI, Olive oil and Olive-pomace oil – reaches the bottling machine through a specific pipeline in order to guarantee the identity of each product, bottle by bottle.

FILLING CONTROL

Filling is carried out using bottling machines with a weighing system that guarantees the net weight of the contents of each bottle which is preset using a computer connected to the plant.

CAPPING AND LABELING

Once the bottles have been filled they are capped. A system of photocells controls the correct positioning of the cap on each bottle, subsequently the bottles move along on conveyor belts towards the labeling machine where the label is applied to the product.

CONTROLS

During and after each bottling phase the control processes begin on the bottles – quantity of oil in each single bottle, traceability, weight, chemical/organoleptic analysis, production batch.

BOXING AND WRAPPING

All our bottles are packed in cardboard boxes (display trays or wrap arounds) in order to guarantee the adequate protection of the product during transport and during storage and handling in the sales outlet warehouses. Moreover the completely closed carton guarantees greater protection for the oil from exposure to natural and artificial light sources.

ASSEMBLY

The finished product is assembled on pallets of various sizes and shapes in order to meet the different requirements of each individual distribution warehouse. Our bottles are thus correctly packaged and ready to be transported to distribution centers all over the world.

TRANSPORT

Every pallet is taken over by shuttles and placed his pallet place.

LOADING

Six container loading/unloading points, four of which have covered loading bays where the pallets of finished product are positioned inside the containers. With this method the finished product never goes outside the production areas.