CULTIVA signs another important success.
April 5th saw the official formalization of the Joint Venture between the Italian based CULTIVA, leader in baby leaf production in protected environment in EU, and Taylor Farms, the biggest fresh cut player in USA.
This important ribbon cutting event saw the attendance of US and Italian partners, the Hamilton County Development Authority, University of Florida researchers who are already cooperating with CULTIVA Farms, local and state government authorities and many members of the local community.
Objective of this international joint venture is to develop year-round baby leaf production in protected environment in the USA east coast.
The North Florida operation in the Hamilton county, first step of this project, consists of a massive installation of 800 high tunnels for conventional production of baby leaf for a total of approx. 150 net covered acres; by mid-summer CULTIVA Farms will complete the set up of 70 high tunnels to test organic production.
A state of the art cooler was built in the center of the farm in order to bring produce to 34°F in less than an hour from harvest.
The use of this technology in this specific area of the States allows CULTIVA to have a 9 month non stop season from the beginning of October till the end of June.
CULTIVA Farms president, Federico Boscolo declared: “We wanted to fill a gap in traditional US baby leaf production by bringing our European expertise; we bring quality, food safety, and we can deliver fresh produce within 24 hours from harvest; we’re very excited of celebrating this project, celebrating a successful partnership and we’re happy to support Hamilton county local economy”.
Florida Secretary of Commerce Peter Antonacci, who participated in the cutting of the tape on behalf of Governor Scott, also showed his support, welcoming the company to the community.