THE COOPERATIVE COMPANY
In support of olive growing in Sicily, an important role is played by the A.P.O.M.
established on June 14, 1978, pursuant to EEC Regulation 136/66 and EEC Regulation 1360/78, it was born as an association of olive producers in the province of Messina, with the aim of protecting and enhancing the production of olive oil.
Transformed into a cooperative a.r.l. on 19/12/2005, with the aim of concentrating the offer and marketing the production of the members
Recognized by Decree of the General Manager of the Sicilian Region on 30/01/2015 with DDGn. 195 as O.P.
The A.P.O.M. operates in the region, providing all associated olive farms with a series of services, including dissemination, technical assistance, collection, enhancement, promotion and marketing of the processed product, favoring access to new markets.
The A.P.O.M. according to the statutory purposes:
provides members with assistance for the exercise of a rational and economic activity in the sector of olive production, also through innovative technologies that contribute to promoting the competitiveness of the entire supply chain and through the implementation of common services, guiding the planning of production of the members and the adjustment of the same demand, both from a quantitative and qualitative point of view. It has developed with the most representative oil mills in the province of Messina, especially as regards hygiene and processing techniques, agreements with which the rules of processing olives are dictated, selected directly by the members in order to obtain an extra oil. virgin of superior quality;
- it also favors the processes of traceability, certification and qualitative protection of products (through the project referred to in EC Regulation 867/08) also for the purpose of fulfilling the obligations under current legislation;
- promotes environmentally friendly farming practices and production techniques in order to improve the quality of production and food hygiene, protect the quality of water, soils and the landscape and promote biodiversity.
The A.P.O.M. has made particular efforts, with adequate investments in men and means, in the sector of marketing the oil of the members. Indeed built in 1995 in Torrenova a plant for the storage and bottling of olive oil, with a storage capacity of over 5,000 quintals and with a totally autonomous bottling plant with a bottling potential of n. 7,000 bottles per hour. This activity had considerable commercial success and was mainly aimed at the marketing of organic oils certified under the REG. CE 2078/92 and REG. CE 2092/91 and Valdemone DOP oils.
Numerous promotional initiatives have been launched both in Italy and abroad, with participation in Fairs, Exhibitions and Markets and meetings with all components of the supply chain. Countries such as Holland, Germany, France and Japan greatly appreciate the peculiarities of our oils. With this in mind of promotion and enhancement of the excellence of Sicilian extra virgin oils.