Producing fresh and healthy products with little impact on the environment has been the mission of family-run business Granja Mallorca for more than 20 years.
Granja Mallorca, a family-run producer of herbs and salads in the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, supplies different supermarket chains with their fresh, ready-to-eat products. Originally, it was founded as a farm more than 20 years ago by Carmen Marquisa, a real gardening fan, who started planting herbs like chives, rosemary, mint, coriander and thyme, and set the whole family in motion by selling and distributing the products in supermarkets.
Devoto was the first retail chain that immediately marketed the product and encouraged Granja Mallorca to produce additional products such as arugula and other salads. Since the beginning, it has been Granja Mallorcas mission to produce their products with very little impact on the environment. Today the business is run by two of her children, Madelón and Aparicio Oddo.
5 years ago, the market was changing, and it was time to offer ready-to-eat products. This was a big challenge and change of mentality for the company. To be able to offer these new products, machines were needed to process the harvested products. The family opted for Kronen solutions for small businesses and bought their first DS1000 washing device together with a K50-7 Eco spin dryer. Since then, the company supplies several supermarket chains as Tienda Inglesa, Disco, Devoto, Frog, Ta-Ta and Geant with ready-to-eat packaged products. Over the past years, the production has been growing, based on constant quality, reliability, good distribution, and keeping the process natural, by using sustainable resources, irrigating with rainwater, planting in soil and minimizing the use of artificial fertilizers. Additionally, the company also focusses on freshness: for many products, it takes only one day from harvesting, processing and distribution until the herbs and salads are part of a delicious meal on consumers´ plates.
Having used the Kronen DS1000 washing machine suitable for small quantities and a K50-7 ECO spin dryer for the past years, with increasing production volumes the family-owned business now took the decision to invest in a Kronen GEWA 3800V Eco washing machine with the insect removal drum and a capacity to process e.g. up to 300kg of rocket or 300 kg of chives per hour. This purchase of a continuous washing machine improves their processes and with its low water and energy consumption, the GEWA is a perfect fit for the environmentally aware business.
The installation of the new Kronen washing machines signifies a new stage for the family-run business, which the whole Oddo family celebrated by testing the GEWA 3800V Eco, and were excited about how quick it works.
Kronen Latin America Manager Juan Lindmayer accompanied Granja Mallorca from the very beginning, always counting on the professional technical support given by KRONEN After Sales manager Alejandro Nowak from Argentina. Today Granja Mallorca is present with their fresh products in about every retail chain in the country and in some fast food or pizza restaurants.