A Quality Collaboration

We’re honored to be collaborating with the National Research Council (CNR), Italy’s largest public research institution, on four projects taking place at Villa Filippo Berio. The goal of each project is to work together to study the productivity and sustainability of olive growing, and ultimately improve the quality of olive oil. To learn more about CNR and their mission, visit here.

Sustainability Reports

Our sustainability journey, which commenced several years ago, has reached a significant milestone with the release of our latest 2022 Sustainability Report. Discover the remarkable initiatives and actions that our parent company, Salov Group, has undertaken to implement environmental and community well-being. By selecting our products, you play an active role in supporting our vision of sustainability, a vision founded on the principle of ongoing improvement for all. Join us as we continue to make a positive impact on both our planet and society.

Sustainability Report PDF 2022

Villa Filippo Berio

Villa Filippo Berio, a centuries-old rural residence, with its 75 hectares and 22,500 olive trees in the Tuscan countryside, is dedicated to our founder, one of the world’s early, expert pioneers of extra virgin olive oil production. It is a true open-air research laboratory, a long-term biodiversity project where important scientific studies and territorial enhancement projects.

Project 1: New Precision Agriculture Techniques in Olive Growing

Nurturing Nature

We like to think of the Villa Filippo Berio Grove, as an “open-air laboratory.” A place where we can control different techniques in the entire olive oil environment, from the trees to the soil to the air. We’re dedicated to discovering the right methods for cultivation of olive trees, not only for our plants but for the benefit of all the olive grove farmers we work with and olive tree agriculture worldwide.

Project 2: The Enhancement of Olive Biodiversity

Expanding the Grove

Italy is home to the largest number of olive varieties in the world so we have an opportunity at Villa Filippo Berio to analyze and enhance olive oil biodiversity to counteract the effects of climate change. The CNR has identified 52 varieties for planting at the grove, which has been planted in a dedicated space. Some example varieties that we planted are Lazzero delle Guadalupe, Piangente, and Pegaso. The work here contributes to the recovery of ancient Tuscan varieties that have gone into disuse over the years to help us understand which ones can be brought back. This helps us determine ways we can adopt for the future.

Project 3: The Sustainability in Olive Growing

Environmentally Friendly Methods

Researching and developing sustainable methods for environmentally-friendly olive growing not only helps maximize productivity in the grove but it’s also an opportunity for us to do our part in caring for the planet. Currently, we’re using electronic sensors to help detect the presence of the Olive Fly, one of the most destructive pests to olive crops, allowing us to simplify and improve our strategies. Afterward, these results will be studied by CNR.