Excellent productive soil and professional preparation are crucial factors that guarantee the desired result.
The land is prepared with rows of the proper size to guarantee the best planting, growing and harvesting conditions.
Varieties of tomato plants, chosen from an assortment of the best seeds, get their starts in hot houses.
Trained personnel carefully feed the planting machines to insure that the right distribution of the plants and a maximum possible yield per the row is achieved.
The planting machine is controlled by workers permanently making sure that the correct placement of the plants and the irrigation tubes is obtained.
The field is finally ready, and irrigation tubes, connected to a central pump, are strategically placed to feed the plants during the growing process.
Planting machines are now essential to guarantee the best distribution of the tomato plants in order that they have the best possible conditions for growth and make the final harvesting process easier.
Some weeks after being planted, the tomato fields look like a green ocean for the satisfaction and joy of the farmer.
Strict legislation existing in the E.U. regarding the use of chemicals makes it critical that the correct dosage of chemical treatment be given to the plants during the growing period.
The application of the necessary treatments is done with specialized equipment, making sure that the proper quantities are correctly distributed on the fields.
Perfectly organized rows of healthy tomato plants, growing at a good rhythm, begin flowering.
Tomato flowers on the plant.
Tomatoes finally start growing on the plant.
A normal and natural distribution of the tomatoes on the plant.
Ripened, healthy tomatoes are ready to be harvested.
Machines start removing the plants together with the tomatoes.
On board the harvesting machines tomatoes are separated from the plants while, an operator carefully checks, on the conveyor belt that transports the fruit, for the presence of any materials that must be removed.
The fresh ripe tomatoes are loaded on trucks that, in the shortest possible period of time, deliver the product to the factory, ensuring that the integrity of the fruit is preserved.
The ripeness of the fruit is a key factor to ensure the high quality of the final product.
When the tomato laden trucks arrive at the factory, the fresh tomatoes are carefully inspected. Samples are taken from different parts of the cargo to be classified.
From each sample, 10 kilos of tomatoes are checked for characteristics of the fruit and the brix is measured. The collected data is sent to different departments along with the identification of the producer.
Trucks are unloaded using a water system that smoothly channels the tomatoes to small “windows” oriented to the reception system.
The fresh tomatoes are then transported in water conveyors to the factory for processing.
A sea of red, as fresh tomatoes flow toward reception areas inside the plant.
Skilful operators constantly check the quality of the tomatoes on the conveyers, removing those that are not properly ripened or unsuitable to achieve the high quality standards of the final product.
The industrial process starts with the washing of the fresh tomatoes.
The whole tomatoes are crushed and then passed on to the refining machines.
The refined product is then concentrated to the required level.
Finally the “Campino” and “Pampilho” Pizza Sauce is ready and sent to the filling machines.
Quality control is instrumental during all the stages of the manufacturing process, making sure that the final product meets the expectation of excellence for the “Campino” and “Pampilho” brands.
An important stage of the quality control is the verification of the viscosity of the product which is performed on every single batch.
After being filled, every can is properly marked with the corresponding production code, to enable traceability of all the product packed during the season.
To assure proper stability of the product all the cans are sterilized.
Microbiologic control is also done to ensure that the product is stable, reliable and safe for the consumer.
When the quality control department approves each batch of production, cans are sent to an automatic station that forms the cartons and puts them on the pallets with the right configuration for shipment.
A partial view of the warehouse with product ready to be sent to the clients.
Another partial view of the warehouse with ready merchandise.