Istrian Olive Oil Mill Invests Half a Million Euros

Lauren Simmonds

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October the 26th, 2023 – One Istrian olive oil mill has invested more than half a million euros into its production line, with an improved tasting room and modernised packaging to follow.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, as stated in the renowned Flos Olei guide, the gorgeous Istrian Peninsula has been proclaimed as the strongest olive growing region in the entire world for the eighth year in a row. Uljara (oil mill) Torač has also confirmed the fact that it truly belongs to the elite of the olive-growing scene, as well. The Milotić family continues to live and develop a story woven into six-generations of their family from golden drops of local olive oil.

Are tech and tradition enemies?

Tradition and technology aren’t necessarily opposing things. In fact, sometimes when put into combination they give the best results of all. This is exactly the case with the investment in this particular Istrian olive oil mill. With their new MOT – Officine Meccaniche Toscane machines, known for their technological advancement, they raised their productivity. They also managed to raise the quality of their award-winning extra virgin oil to an even higher level.

This Istrian olive oil mill boasts a modern production line spanning an area of about 200 square metres in total, and with a capacity of up to 4000 kg/h, it ensures efficient processing in record time and works to preserve the freshness of the olives. The above guarantees that the olive oil obtained maintains its impeccable and strictly controlled quality. The special feature of these machines lies in their truly exceptional extraction efficiency, even at high flow rates. It’s also important to mention that this process requires less energy and water consumption. Thanks to technology and improved processes, this Istrian olive oil mill can now properly respond to the greater needs of the wider market,and also keep up with olive growing trends without neglecting tradition and the recognition they’ve earned.

Half a million euros has been poured into this investment

“With an investment totalling half a million euros, Uljara Torač has remained completely dedicated to excellence, and this can be seen in every step, from hand-picking to cold pressing, which is ultimately felt in the refined taste of our extra virgin olive oil and its enticing aroma. On top of that, investing in the production line isn’t only an investment in Torač itself, but also in the quality of the overall service that this Istrian olive oil mill provides to its partners and customers. Purchasers deserve top-quality processing and the opportunity to get the best from their olives, which is high-quality olive oil,” said Ante Silvo Žaja, the director of Uljara Torač.

They have absolutely no plans to wind things down or take things more slowly at this Istrian olive oil mill, and additional investments in the construction of their tasting room and the modernisation of their packaging plant are now underway. Behind the success and restructuring of this Istrian olive oil mill is a team that does its work with a dose of love, which is often the secret ingredient of every good end product.

Olive pits as a source of energy

The olive oil production process, in addition to the oil itself, also generates a by-product – olive pits. With high caloric value and flammability, olive pits are an excellent energy source that successfully replaces pellets in the stove, and this is exactly how the heating process at this Istrian olive oil mill actually works. Extracting the seeds and using them for heating reduces biological waste. This process is environmentally acceptable and at the same time a suitable alternative to using harmful fossil fuels.


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