OptiCept signs commercial agreement with leading olive oil producer in Portugal

OptiCept Technologies has entered into a leasing agreement with Lagar Herdade Vale Formoso in Portugal regarding installation of oliveCEPT® BALDER

"PEF-ing" our way forward. With oliveCEPT® BALDER

OptiCept signs commercial agreement with leading olive oil producer in Portugal

OptiCept Technologies has entered into a leasing agreement with Lagar Herdade Vale Formoso in Portugal regarding the installation of oliveCEPT® BALDER.

The agreement refers to the latest generation oliveCEPT® model BALDER which gives the opportunity to handle high production capacities.

BALDER is the new and improved version with even higher capacity and updated features launched earlier this year.

Read more about our CEPT® applications dryCEPT®, wineCEPT®oliveCEPT®, juiceCEPT®, and juiceCEPT®+.

The Portuguese olive oil market on the rise

The southern Alentejo area of Portugal is leading the way in its ascent to the top as one of the worlds best regions for olive oil.

Alentejo, which stretches from the Atlantic to the Spanish border, makes up around one-fourth of Portugal’s total land area and produces slightly more than three-quarters of the nation’s olive oil.

Experts predict that area of Alentejo will persist as further investments are made in high-density orchards and cutting-edge mills. Portugal’s exports of olive oil have also increased significantly in recent years.

Overall, the value of Portugal’s yearly agricultural output now accounts for 9-12% of the country’s income from the sale of olive oil.

About Vale Formoso

Vale Formoso produces olive oils with flavors tailored its customers’ preferences, thanks to the wide variety of varieties grown in Baixo Alentejo. They produce and sell extra virgin olive oils to consumers and kitchens all over the world with a wide and rich range of flavors and aromas.

With a daily processing capacity of 1,500,000 kg of olives and a storage capacity of more than 6,000,000 kg of olive oil, Vale Formoso is at the forefront of the industry and one of the biggest producers in Portugal.

“We are very pleased to have another customer in an important market. BALDER is a door opener for larger producers and we look forward to implementing oliveCEPT® at Lagar Herdade Vale Formoso during the next two harvest seasons, which also has potential for more machines,” says Thomas Lundqvist, CEO of OptiCept Technologies.

BALDER - the. next generation oliveCEPT

BALDER 10 ton/h capacity of EVOO at the best quality with olivCEPT®

The oliveCEPT® deploys a pre-treatment to olive paste in extra virgin olive oil production (EVOO) that improves both the quality of the product and increases extracted EVOO yield.

The integration of oliveCEPT® in the initial stage of the process, right after the crusher, offers several advantages when it comes to extraction yield and quality of the final product and we have proven reliable results in these aspects.

The recently launched BALDER is the most powerful machine yet with a capacity to treat 10 t/h.

A complete system of modular design, built with a stainless steel frame with product wetted parts in hygienic design all with food-grade components. The system consists of the new powerful PEF generator – CEPT v7 supervised by controlCEPT and the booster unit module with all control and safety devices mounted on it including pressure and temperature sensors as well as flowmeter and conductivity indicators.

Increased EVOO yield

The oliveCEPT® offers increased extraction of 5% to 15% yield with the same amount of raw material. Secured extraction volume and improved oil yield.

Improved Quality

Increase of polyphenols and other quality compounds. Improved taste, color, and nutrition. Reduced oxidation and better oil stability.

Better Efficiency

Reduced operational cost and improved productivity. Reduced malaxation volume – fewer malaxers. Increased production volume during the same time.

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How the oliveCEPT® technology works