Azienda agricola 67#, part of Fellini Patrizio, has started harvesting local fennel between Cesena and Gambettola (Forlì-Cesena) a few days ago. Crops are located a short distance from the processing and packaging warehouse, where Fellini has installed a new processing line.
Part of the new fennel processing line
"It was designed to meet our needs: this new line enables us to further improve our efficiency and productivity as well as sorting," explains Emile Fellini.
Azienda 67# now covers 100 hectares, meaning Fellini can produce and plan a wide range of products, organizing the chain, logistics included.
Emile Fellini in an archive photo
"Lettuce represents another important product during this period. Gentilina is one of the most demanded, especially in northern Italy, while the south tends to prefer Roman lettuce. The market is generally rather flat, as production is abundant. The weather slowed things down at first, then a lot of the produce ripened at the same time when temperatures increased."
Production costs are very high, with the risk that many companies will not make it.
"We need to factor in every penny, as margins are thinning. Clients need to realize our companies cannot work breaking even or at a loss."