The 2022 raspberry season is about to start in Basilicata. "Harvesting will start in late December, so the fruits can be sold alongside blackberries. The high temperatures in August slowed down plant development, postponing production by around 20 days," reports Loris Gentile (in the photo), creator and president of Gentile Group, a cooperative specializing in the cultivation of strawberries and berries.
"Our Fruttini italiani® produce is already top of the range thanks to the high-precision work performed by our associates. Our mission is to supply high-quality fruits throughout the year. Our blackberries are already on sale from Sicily to Trentino, as well as in some European countries such as France and Germany."
"All the harvesting, processing and checking phases are described in a strict protocol, which all operators comply with. The support of an expert technical team since the very first transplant phases is essential to guarantee high-quality blackberries and raspberries."
Gentile Group founder and partner Francesca Quinto adds that "in the last period, we are witnessing a skyrocketing growth of the per capita consumption of berries. Markets are willing to pay, as long as constant and high-quality supplies are guaranteed. Nothing must be left to chance when it comes to berries, as there are many variables that can cause failure. The varieties, production techniques and lack of knowledge can irreversibly affect the success and potential value of the product."
"Our products can meet the requests of the more demanding consumers. The feedback we are getting from the market is positive. Over the next few weeks, we will also proceed with the orders of organic and nickel-free raspberries."