Two farmers created Agribosco in 1989. They were increasingly concerned about the damage being done to the land and to the health of consumers as a result of the use of artificial fertilizers and herbicides. As a result of their observations and experiences, they converted to organic farming. Their choice was as radical as it was necessary. They converted their farms into organic farms and they built appropriate storage facilities for harvested cereals and legumes. Pietro and Alba together concluded that
“Nature is indeed our mother. The land that we cultivate and on which we grow our food is a thousand-year-old friend that will live on after our deaths. Because of this, every notion of 'property' loses its meaning and the use of this treasure...the land...must be respectful and must have limits. We must protect and care for the environment, as we are borrowing it from future generations; we must enrich it and not exploit it.”
This love for the environment and for organic farming started to bear fruit early as our customers soon took notice. We became suppliers of raw materials for the most important and prestigious brands of organic food products in Italy and abroad.
Today, that spirit is still alive and has “infected” many other farmers. These farmers chose to share the same principles of ethics and professionalism by joining the Consortium Agrobiologico Agribosco. In addition, the original production facilities have been expanded and modernized to achieve high levels of efficiency and production safety. By now, Agribosco is a model for Italian organic farming.
Those who buy our products reward the efforts and passions of over 200 people who work to create food products using methods that are sustainable and organic.
Agribosco srl is an agribusiness company that purchases the harvested crops grown by the farmer/members of the Consortium Agrobiologico Agribosco. We then process the harvest into finished and semi-finished food products.
Once the crops are harvested, they are stored and processed in one of two of our plants located in Sigillo (Perugia), a small Umbrian town within the boundaries of the Parco Naturale del Monte Cucco.
One of our plants (38,000 square feet) - is dedicated to the storage, sorting, hulling, milling, and packaging of cereals, legumes and flours. Our storage facility, unique in Italy for its level of food safety, boasts a capacity of 9,200 metric tons. It is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery in order to guarantee the highest standards of quality and productivity. This machinery is capable of processing any kind of cereal, legume as wells as medicinal plants.
Milling by use of cylinder is done in this state-of-the-art plant in order to process every variety of grain and produce flour and bran of the highest quality. We also produce flour using a millstone, as in centuries past, which "gently" mills the flours in order to maintain all of the properties of the grain...from the protein-rich aleurone (the seed coat) to the nucleus (the central part of the grain).
Our other plant (8,600 square feet) - is used for the production of preserves/jams/compotes, legumes in vegetable broth, ready to eat dishes containing farro, pâté of olives, and fruit marmalades. Each one of these preserves is produced without the use of acidification, artificial colors or artificial preservatives. Instead we use a sterilization process of "water immersion" in order to maintain and preserve the true and authentic flavors of the ingredients while guaranteeing to the consumer the health benefits of the product.
From the sowing of the seeds to the finished product, Agribosco ensures the strict compliance of the filiera** or "food processing chain" which is drawn up according with standard UNI EN ISO 22005/2008.
The result of this work is that our food products obtain a kind of “identity card" which is one of the things that distinguishes Agribosco from its competitors. Many talk about the "filiera" but how many can show that they are truly in a position to demonstrate their control over the filiera?
** The Italian word filiera, as used throughout our industry, has no English equivalent. It is used in the Italian food production industry to denote the origin and all the successive stages of development/processing of a food product. The filiera of a product comprises the various stages of a product's "development life," including its creation, processing, distribution and marketing, e.g.: 1) the type of seed used, 2) the type/method of cultivation employed, 3) the name of the agricultural company that produced the product, 4) the place of storage/warehousing, and finally 5) the type/nature of processing and packaging/wrapping used. Filiera is also used to denote the series of checks, controls and monitoring of each stage of production of a food product....from "seed to consumer."
Sorting and Hulling
With our three state-of-the-art plants, we are able to select and hull any kind of cereal, legume, or medicinal plant.
Our facilities are equipped the most modern machinery and equipment including precision cleaners, densimetric/gravimetric processing equipment, as well as latest generation of high capacity optical sorting machines. We are able to simultaneously guarantee the highest level of productive capacity while satisfying the highest standards of food safety.
Our plant gives us an edge such that we are able to respond rapidly to any market request for type for product as well as method of processing.
At Agribosco we perform two distinct kinds of milling; one uses a modern cylinder mill capable of producing white flour that is used to make pasta; the other plant uses stone to mill the grain as it has been done for centuries.
We produce flour and bran from every type of cereal and grain, from farro to al triticum turanicum, from soft wheat to durum wheat, and many other types of grain. All of this is done in our latest-generation bio-dynamic milling facility
We want to emphasize "bio-dedicated." We are unique in that we are able to guarantee the processing of organically grown cereals in a milling facility of the required dimensions thereby eliminating the risk of contamination or inadvertent co-mingling with conventional food products.
In addition, we continue to produce flour that is milled with stone precisely as it has been done for centuries. The stone milling is performed using a millstone in order to maintain all the essential properties of the seed. Furthermore the temperature at which our stone milling is performed is very low so as to not stress the flour. And with this plant we are also "bio-dedicated."
From the flour produced in our mill to the pasta, this continues the Agribosco's filiera that offers our customers the varieties pasta produced from the best grains produced by the members of the Agribosco Consortium.
We pay close attention to the process of making pastas being careful to not stress in any way the ingredients that go into making them. The pasta dough is dried at a very low temperature after it has been drawn through our forms made of bronze.
The objective is to conserve, as much as possible, the best properties of our grains thereby guaranteeing to our customers a superior quality of Turanicum, Farro, and Durum wheat pastas.
Today, after 15 years of experience Agribosco has four different packaging production lines, all of which use the methodology of Controlled Atmosphere Packaging (CAP). By combing nitrogen and carbon dioxide we are able to package and preserve our cereals, legumes and flour for more than 23 months. Every characteristic of the product, from its flavor to color and texture are preserved.
Our facility can process and package many kinds of grains, flakes, pasta and flour in all the various sizes, forms, and shapes, from 250 or 400 gram or packages to 5 kg or 25 kg packages, always perfectly preserved using CAP.
The packaging lines are completely automated and outfitted with metal detectors and electronically controlled weighing machinery. All of our work is performed in a sanitary environment in order to guarantee to our customers the complete safety of our products. The focus on the healthfulness of our products begins in the field where they are grown and continues through every step of processing and handling, all the way through the finished packaged product.
Agribosco is part of "light industry" with a miniscule industrial footprint; we create very little waste other than a little paper waste from the company's office which is always recycled.
Moreover, the vegetable-matter byproducts of our processing are used to create pellets. These pellets are packaged and sold to be used as biomass fuel for space heating or as food for livestock.
Agribosco produces a wide range of preserves of very high quality, including legumes in vegetable broth, ready made dishes containing our faro, olive pâté, and preserved fruits.
All of our products are made without the use of acidification, artificial color or artificial preservatives; instead our "gentle sterilization" methods are used involving "water immersion." It is an artisanal procedure that preserves the authentic flavor of the ingredients while guaranteeing the healthfulness and safety of the product.
We prepare our foods as if we were "at home"...using only the finest ingredients and following traditional recipes; the only difference is we use slightly-larger-than-normal "pots and pans" and professional machinery but always with the passion of an Umbrian chef.