Italy: Caligari & Babbi to start processing fennel from Romagna

"Now that the campaign of our Fucino produce is over, we started processing fennel from Romagna. Consumption and prices are quite average at the moment, but it looks like the worst is over," explains Marco Babbi, sales manager and co-owner of Caligari & Babbi together with Vittorio Caligari, technical manager.

Thanks to its partners, the company can process and sell produce twelve months a year - in summer there is that from Fucino, in winter that from Apulia and in autumn and winter there is the local produce and 
that from Basilicata and Calabria.

"Quality is good although rain in summer made transplants difficult. What's different this year, is the fact that we could export our produce to France and the Netherlands over the whole summer, as they had less local produce".

The main clients of the company are domestic wholesalers and markets, whereas 30% of the produce is shipped to Switzerland, France, Netherlands and Northern Europe. The objective for the near future is to increase exports.

"The mild summer weather favoured consumption, which was good both in Italy and abroad."

Caligari & Babbi has a 600 sq m processing warehouse equipped with cold storage units in which fennel is packed according to the various needs of clients: Ifco (18-20 pieces, 6 kg) and wooden crates (12-14 pieces, 5 kg) go abroad, whereas black 8-10 piece crates are for the Italian markets. 500 and 750 gram flow-packs are mainly destined to Northern Europe and Denmark in particular.

Caligari & Babbi srl
Via E. Bevilacqua 17
Savignano su Rubicone (FC)
Tel.: (+39) 0541 942599
Fax: (+39) 0541 201919

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