Chestnuts from Gobbi Frutta.
The produce is stocked in warehouses in Cesena, where it is sterilised with innovative natural systems, sorted and graded in compliance with the strictest health and hygiene regulations. Gobbi Frutta holds the GlobalGap, IFS, UNIEN ISO 9001:2008, ISO 22005:2007 and organic certifications.
Chestnut processing at Gobbi Frutta.
The company puts on the market a wide range of products, both in terms of variety and grades. "We supply the traditional market and chestnut roasters and our volumes are also increasing in retail. We sell loose produce but, thanks to electronic weighing machines and packagers, we can also supply chestnuts in 0.5 to 2 kg nets and 3, 5 or 10 kg jute bags," explains sales manager Daniel Gobbi. For shipping, Gobbi Frutta works with specialised companies that deliver all over the domestic territory in less than 24 hours.
Gobbi Frutta chestnuts.
In the past few years, the chestnut gall wasp caused a drop in production but, thanks to an antagonist insect (Torymus sinensis), the situation is going back to normal.
As explained by the company's quality manager, Enzo Gentili, "2016 is still not within the norms, though, as the low temperatures and rain during blossoming and pollination affected setting. In our area, where chestnut groves are located at medium-low elevations, our production was rather normal, but drops were considerable in central and southern Italy."
Chestnut processing Gobbi Frutta.
Despite the lower volumes, though "quality is definitely higher than in past years. A lower production and favourable weather conferred higher sugar levels."
Gobbi Frutta flourished from a long family tradition and continues growing thanks to two main factos - the determination to reach its objectives and the will to create economies of scale to create a high-quality product that meets market and consumer demands.