Delux produces top-quality Sicilian citrus fruit
"The year has been rather difficult for the Sicilian citrus fruit sector, especially due to the competitiveness of the citrus fruit available from the rest of the Mediterranean," explains Sebastiano Campisi, owner of the Delux brand together with his nephew Giuseppe Campisi.
In the photo: Sebastiano Campisi, owner of the Delux brand.
"I believe nothing can be compared to the quality of our citrus fruit yet we have to deal with produce from Spain, Egypt or Morocco."
Sebastiano Campisi and his nephew Giuseppe founded La Delux Sas in 2000. "We focus on producing selected high-quality fruit. The Delux brand is used for our premium top-of-the-range production."
The company plans all harvesting phases and then processes, packages and ships the fruit to the main domestic wholesale markets. It was the company itself that chose to focus on domestic markets and to not (yet) consider retailers.
The company processes citrus fruit in its 1,000 square metre facility. Peaches and grapes are also commercialised during summer.
"Our flagship product remain blood oranges. Over the past few years, we spent a lot of money to deal with the problems caused by the Tristeza virus (CTV) and are therefore replacing groves with innovative more resistant varieties."
All processing phases are carried out with the utmost care, from harvesting (the produce is washed, sorted and waxed within 24 hours) to packaging. The company employs a team of around 30 skilled operators.
Sebastiano Campisi and Giuseppe Campisi, owners of the Delux brand.
"Last year, the weird weather led to small grades - grades 4 and 6 are very hard to find. It's unfortunate because large oranges are what the Delux brand is proud of. This of course was caused by the high temperatures and drought."
"The volumes destined to the Italian market are difficult to estimate, as the process is based on the balance between supply and demand, which varies according to the year and market. Our company commercialises around 2,000 tons of produce."
"We are growing and firmly believe reliability and high-quality are essential conditions to do so. These are the elements that enabled us to evolve while many companies have instead been facing periods of crisis."
"We are trying to get our children and families involved in this adventure and have also started commercialising our fruit online under the Arancia Express brand, which is going rather well."Contacts:
DELUX SAS di Campisi Sebastiano & C
Contrada Margia snc
(VěCT) - Italy
Sebastiano: 339 3520137
Giuseppe: 338 1663138
FB: Ortofrutta Delux SAS
Publication date: 2/7/2018
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