Production of baby leaf salads
All the OP Isola Verde companies share the same production processes that respect the land and guarantee tasty and safe baby leaf salads.
The production process is standardised and controlled phase by phase.
The use of innovative technologies helps us to safeguard the quality of the product and to extend its Shelf Life, to bring fresh and coloured baby leaf salads to the table.
During the growth of baby leaf salad, we continually carry out analysis, preventive assessments and manual weeding, depending on the time of year and the type of baby leaf sown. The constant caring for the soil and the growth of each leaf allows us to preserve the quality and goodness of our produce.
Le nostre serre sono dotate di centraline e stazioni di registrazione meteo con le quali verifichiamo la temperatura e l’umidità presente in serra e nell’ambiente durante l’arco di ogni giornata. Il monitoraggio delle condizioni meteo ci permette di intervenire in modo preventivo e mirato per tutelare le colture sia nei mesi freddi che nei mesi torridi.
Harvesting our baby leaf salads
We adopt out a fully mechanised ‘just in time’ harvesting method at all our production sites. This procedure preserves the integrity and quality of the individual salad leaves and allows us to check the harvesting operations in real time, immediately identifying the presence of any foreign organisms that could damage the quality of the final product.
After harvesting the crops in the greenhouse, the baby leaf salads are moved inside our farming facilities, where optical sorting machines and manual controls are used to ensure further sorting of all the harvested salads. During this phase, the lamb’s lettuce is the only Baby Leaf that undergoes the pre-washing, drying and automatic sorting process using an optical sorting machine, while the other Baby Leaf salads move on to the next phase without being pre-washed.
After being carefully checked, our baby leaf salads are ready to be packaged in trays or bags. We use a mechanised process equipped with a metal detector and automatic weight control unit. The packaging is sealed with food-grade film. Upon request we can provide customised film with logos and information.
Once packaged, the baby leaf salads are ready to leave our plant facility heading for the main Italian and European destinations. Our Baby Leaf salads travel in refrigerated trucks respecting the cold chain requirements, at a temperature of between +4°C or +6°C: We ensure they reach their destination in the shortest time possible, to maintain their properties intact and allow them to be served while they are still fresh and tasty.
Please contact us for any information you my require regarding the production of baby leaf salads and current availability.