IDeA Agro, by means of the company Agro Gold Società Agricola Srl, has recently sponsored the “Progetto Kiwi Giallo”, which consists in the long-term leasing of approximately 100 hectares of land in the province of Latina (Lazio), which is the most suitable area in Italy for kiwi production. The objective is to convert these 100 hectares into a kiwi SunGold grove and merge it with an already established kiwi grove of 60 hectares. Agrintesa, the project’s operational partner, is one of the four Italian licensees of the Zespri consortium (owner of SunGold variety rights). Agrintesa, in addition to managing the packaging and distribution to Zespri, will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Agro Gold. The decision to invest in the production of SunGold yellow kiwi is driven by several elements including the fact that this variety allows for a higher yield and higher prices than traditional yellow kiwis.
The company has recently acquired approximately 380 hectares of land at the border between Lazio and Tuscany, most of which are potentially convertible into an olive grove. The project has been recommended by the Buccelletti family, which are industrial partners of the venture with a well-established experience in building and managing intensive olive oil plants, using a production model similar to the Spanish one. Due to the expected production of up to 400 tons of olive, the plant is amongst the most important in Central Italy, an area particularly suited for extra virgin olive oil production.
Società Agricola Agro Noce Srl was founded in 2019 by IDeA Agro’s team to acquire arable land and convert it into a walnut grove. The company has recently purchased approximately 170 hectares of land in Bondeno (Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna), which has an environment particularly suited for the production of walnuts. The Agro Noce project plans to produce two different varieties of walnut: (i) the “Lara”, the most prestigious walnut, which also has an early ripening; and (ii) the “Chandler”, a common variety of walnut, distributed both to the fresh and frozen market. This project flourished from the “Piano di Sviluppo Regionale Emilia Romagna”, presented in 2010, which has generated many initiatives to enhance local walnut production.
Azienda Agricola Antonio Tarulli Srl has approximately 157 hectares of land at its disposal to produce biological and biodynamic table grapes. Production is delivered to the OP Gruppo Tarulli, which is responsible for selling products. The company is managed by the Tarulli Family, who started operating in the sector more than 20 years ago, focusing on biological and, more recently, biodynamic table grapes. Currently, the company’s objective is to increase the production of table grapes, employing additional land in order to satisfy the market’s request.
Ingino Group produces and distributes fresh and frozen chestnuts as well as fronzen fruits. The Group was founded in the 1950s in Montoro Inferiore (Avellino, Campania). It expanded quickly at the beginning of the century, primarily due to the acquisition of competitors. Over the years, the Group has established its leadership in the market of fresh chestnuts, serving Italian and European markets, and US and Canadian clients - due to a local commercial platforms - and in the frozen fruit market. Ingino currently processes more than 25,000 tons of nuts (60% of which are chestnuts) in a 67,000 sq m warehouse located in Atripalda (AV), making it one of the largest warehouses in Europe in the industry.
Società Agricola Agro Nocciole Srl was founded in 2019 by the IDeA Agro team to aquire arable land and convert it into a hazelnut grove. Italy is the second largest producer by volume and the first by quality of hazelnuts in the world. Agro Nocciole currently owns approximately 280 hectares of land around Alessandria, with more than 200,000 hazelnut trees. Through “Progetto Nocciola Italia” Ferrero, the world-famous company is committed to buy all the raw material (hazelnuts) produced by Agro Nocciole provided they comply with some specific standards.
Founded in 1978 in Mongrassano (Cosenza, Calabria), Gias Group is a vegetables-based frozen food producer. The company is managed by Gloria Tenuta, the founder’s daughter, and company’s representative since 2005. She is a very well-known figure both at the regional level as well as in the industry, to the point where she was appointed “Cavaliere del Lavoro” in 2018. Gias’ main raw materials and semi-finished products supplier is the farming co-op COTRAPA, which groups approximately 60 partners in Puglia, Calabria and Basilicata and with which Gias has a long-term sectoral contract.