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Italy: New facility for Vivitoscano

We all know organic produce is becoming increasingly popular, so much so that Vivitoscano, a company part of Gruppo Apofruit specialising in the distribution and trading of organic produce, has had to move.

The new packaging and distribution centre was finally inaugurated and Ernesto Fornari, Vivitoscano and Canova Director, commented by saying that "we really needed to move."

Ernesto Fornari (General Director at Vivitoscano), talks about the new facility and the reasons behind the move. 

Established in 2009 under the name Vivibio, the company grew over the years and became Vivitoscano. The year it was founded, the turnover was €4.5 million, but the figure more than doubled last year (€9.5 million) and "we will exceed €10 million this year."

Bird's eye view of the new Vivitoscano facility inaugurated on 28th November 2016. 

The new facility covers 2,000 sq m and is equipped with 2 refrigerated units, 6 packaging lines, new machinery, warehouse and offices. The company packages both Almaverde Bio and distributor branded produce. This new structure is also within Mercafir, so the company can count on CFT-Cooperativa Facchinaggio e Trasporti logistics.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ribbon is being cut by Massimo Biondi, President of Vivitoscano.

"CFT guarantees a transport service practically 24-7 and delivers our products to Tuscany, Sardinia and northern Lazio every day. We believe a system like this is essential for a company like ours that processes fresh produce." 

A tour of the new facility.

The new facility was partly financed within a Progetto Integrato di Filiera (PIF - Integrated Chain Project) of Regione Toscana part of PSR. Tuscany was the first region to use PIFs in Italy. 
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