More than being the source of olive oil, olive has the superpower of being a business engine, within our EVER's economic ecosystem. Respect for the environment, the land, and people is based on the premise that what is waste to some, for us is raw material, capable of generating value for the market!
IT ALL STARTS
It all starts at Quinta ACUSHLA in Vila Flor, a property in the heart of Trás-Os-Montes with around 300 hectares and high potential for olive production. A territory that has lost 50% of its inhabitants in the last decade and where we want to stay, because we believe that strengthening businesses in areas with low population density contributes to reducing the phenomena of interiority and desertification.
On our farm, we have vineyards, pomegranate trees, beekeeping, and sheep farming that coexist with 14 hectares of century-old olive groves in production and 200 hectares of new olive groves, with a total of 70,000 olive trees. Our olives are processed in a mill with FSSC 22000 certification (one of the strictest international food safety standards), the olive grove is planted with native species, the water tanks are placed at altitude for gravity irrigation, the sheep fertilize the land, the apiary helps pollinate the various crops, the predatory birds help prevent pests and the pomace and olive leaves are used for value-added composting.
And from here, we innovate...
Our textile company TETRIBÉRICA uses olive pomace from the farm to naturally dye its brand of clothing Barrio Santo. In addition, we extend our concern for the planet by using "Death Stock" and recycled cotton, reusing defective parts and production leftovers, we have a system for separating waste such as paper, plastic and knitwear, photovoltaic solar panels, and a commercial fleet of electric vehicles.
And from here, we diversify...
FÁBRICA DO AZEITE in Porto is a 100% organic products store where we combine our ACUSHLA products with products from various multi-brand segments that share our philosophy: "I am because you are" and because we believe in cooperation, synergy, and the potential for joint action, in the service of a greater good!
The store's furniture was designed through the recovery and reuse of old furniture, we developed bags and aprons from industry leftovers, the Barrio Santo dyed clothing is sold on-site and we have a working mill so that the farm can "live" in the store environment, transposing the entire olive cycle, into direct contact with the consumer.
And from here, we grow...
On the Vila Flor estate we gave birth to an olive tourism project. Our ACUSHLA DOURO guesthouse, managed by COSY INSIDE, was designed to live in harmony with the landscape, both physically and environmentally, using sustainable building materials with a low environmental impact, such as cork.
The location on the plot was chosen to maximize sun exposure and facilitate a sustainable thermal balance.
And from here, we protect!