Oilo Piave achieves Friend of the Earth international certification for sustainable agriculture
Olio Piave, a grape seed oil produced by the Italian company Medio Piave Fontanelle, located in the beautiful countryside of Treviso, has achieved Friend of the Earth international certification and it can now carry the Friend of the Earth eco-label.
Medio Piave Fontanelle, owned by the Dal Sasso family, is a company with a long history. It has proved compliance with all the Friend of the Earth certification requirements, following an assessment audit run by a third-party certification body.
Since 1938, high quality grape seeds have been processed and transformed into Olio Piave, a healthy oil, rich in beneficial properties.
Grape seeds are supplied directly by the main distilleries in the province of Treviso, famous for Prosecco white sparkling wine. Seeds, which are often a non-appreciated raw material, are processed into a genuine, valuable food.
Quality, safety and sustainability of Olio Medio Piave are guaranteed by a careful, constant control that Medio Piave performs throughout the whole production chain, thus transparency is checked from agricultural producers to facilities, and from distilleries to food industries.
Furthermore the company manages and minimizes the energy consumption by means of continuous monitoring and optimization. The installation of a biomass combustion system, which is a source of renewable energy, provides self-sufficiency as well as reduction of gas emission.
"Social accountability and environmental conservation are core values for Medio Piave Fontanelle and we want this to be fully reflected on our products," comments Mr. Marco Dal Sasso, CEO of Medio Piave Group. "We are very glad to be Friend of the Earth certified because Friend of the Earth seal of approval is a confirmation of our commitment. Consumers buying Olio Piave are aware of making a responsible choice by contributing to a sustainable future”.
Medio Piave Group
The Medio Piave Group was founded to focus on a select circle of industrial and commercial businesses, collaborating and working with major multinationals which operate in the retail sector and in the industrial processing of oilY seeds and their derivatives.
The three companies that form Medio Piave Group, Medio Piave Marghera, Medio Piave Fontanelle and Olearia Adriatica, guarantee the perfect combination of logistics, production and commercial management to meet the higher quality standards demanded by the market.
Friend of the Earth
Friend of the Earth is a non-profit project for the certification of products from sustainable agriculture and farming. Coming from the positive experience of the Friend of the Sea certification for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, Friend of the Earth is rapidly growing as the leading international label for sustainable agriculture production.
Friend of the Earth certification requirements are based on FAO's SAFA guidelines for sustainable agriculture and farming. Certified production sites cannot be developed on critical habitats and producers must have a social and environmental management system in place, be compliant with national environmental laws, conserve existing ecosystems and reduce their impacts to a sustainable level.