The Monterenzio plant occupies a 6400 m² site and can handle up to 4000 tonnes of honey and preserves each year. The warehouse area extends over more than 1000 m² and is used to store from 2000 to 3000 tonnes of honey each year, organised according to botanical and geographical origin. Members’ harvests are stored here before being inspected and packaged.
A modern in-house laboratory carries out the initial fundamental checks on the incoming products and works in partnership with specialised external laboratories to run regular tests on the honey, pollen, royal jelly and propolis entering and leaving the plant, assessing their chemical and physical characteristics, organoleptic properties, and botanical and geographical origin, in addition to ensuring that the products are completely free of impurities.
Conapi tests and packages its beekeepers’ honey without subjecting it to any type of pasteurisation. Honey is simply softened in the hot room, at a temperature of no more than 40°C to preserve its original flavour, aroma and nutritional properties.
The production area is equipped with:
- an automatic jar filling machine, with a daily maximum output capacity of 21 tonnes for filling of jars from 40 grams to 1000 grams size. Once sealed and labelled, the jars are grouped into heat-sealed packs of 6 or 12 units and, at each step along the journey, they undergo numerous checks based on hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP).
- a sachet filling machine which produces single-serving sachets of 5 to 15g, with a maximum output capacity of 320 sachets per minute.
- a squeezer machine for filling special PET containers.
- a machine for filling paper containers that uses an innovative container in PLA laminated paper – POLYLACTIC ACID – derived from sugarcane. The paper and PLA are 100% BIODEGRADABLE and compostable: a great innovation in the honey market!