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Every day we collect fresh milk from the farms, and, when it reaches the diary factory, the milk undergoes to screening checks and tests before placing it in the silos for storage. Our production chain starts with good milk and knowledgeable breeders. After pasteurization, our team of cheesemakers start the magic dance of transformation by following traditional processing.
Those who work with us, our farmhouses, are all expert connoisseurs since many years. More than machines, the human component is fundamental to us, the team of people who knows and supervision what gets made at every step. Our supply chain respects the natural milk cycles of production: for this reason, we do not produce outside the ideal period and do not use frozen milk.
Our supply chain starts from here: it is essential that the livestock is healthy and live properly, to produce good milk. Livestock welfare is our first and foremost goal for a controlled supply chain. We rely on local breeders, some of which have been collaborating with us for several generations and established a trustworthy professional relationship with Carmelo La Cava. With them we have a relationship of unconfutable trust.
Livestock practice free mountain grazing and get fed almost exclusively on what is sown by farmers, minimizing the use of feed. The grazing areas extend between three natural parks: the Etna Park, the Nebrodi Park, and the Alcantara River Park. Finally, our farms are subjected by us to continuous checks to ensure their health and ideal conditions.
Only fresh milk and only Sicilian raw materials. The ingredients we use to make our dairy products have, as far as possible, Sicilian origin. The suppliers who work with us are all historical and certified companies. We have a strong relationship with them.
An example? The salt we use comes from the salt pans of Trapani. Milk is our main ingredient, but we want every ingredient constituting our products to speak aloud about our land and our history. The uniqueness of our cheeses is also guaranteed using native ethno lactic bacteria, isolated from us over the years and never changed. This peculiarity allows us to obtain a unique taste, always faithful to the territory and our tradition.
We work with manual craftsmanship, assisted by science and research. Our products respect seasons cycles and natural milk cycles, without stressing nor forcing. Every year we produce over 4 million liters of milk and among our delicacies there are over 40 different products. We export throughout Europe and we are present on the national territory for GDO (a.k.a. Grande Filieria Organizzata), NORMAL TRADE and HORECA.
Our production is basically divided into collection and careful analysis of milk, pasteurization, clotting and shape-making, all different aspects of the same process, according to the product made.
We are very attentive to people’s health: we look for the best formulas to create good and healthy cheeses, collaborating on various projects together with local universities. Our research is both human and scientific, aiming at contributing to our community.
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We care about our territory, and we respect the environment and implement good recycling and reuse practices. Our goal is to live in complete harmony with our surroundings, using sustainable materials and avoiding intensive farming practices. The place where we are is an integral part of our supply chain. The forms we create have stamped the Etna soil mark where the livestock of our farms graze in freedom every day.
Safety is our priority, and safety for us means to scrupulously checking both the process and the products. Every day, in our laboratory we carry out screenings and analyses that allow us to select the best milk and to comply with all the legal parameters related to sanitary hygiene standards. We are both BRC and IFS certified company and we endeavor to prescribe with the highest and safest production standards. This vision includes milk pasteurization, which allows us to maintain high levels of safety for those who buy and enjoy our products.