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MELINDA'S
SUSTAINABILITY MANIFESTO,
WHERE WORDS BECOME FACTS.

1. USE ONLY RENEWABLE SOURCES

We use 100% renewable energy resources, 11% of which is self-produced by a photovoltaic system on our structure's roof. The rest is supplied by a hydroelectric power system.

2. NEVER WASTE EVEN A DROP OF WATER

Melinda uses drop irrigation over 100% of its apple orchards. This system improves water distribution among the plants vs traditional overhead irrigation, with 30% less water consumption

3. RESPECT NATURE'S TIMING

Melinda Consortium famers are aware that good products like Melinda apples require time and effort. They have always grown them respecting the biological cycle of the orchard, the rhythm of the seasons and climate

4. BUILD AN ANIMAL-FRIENDLY ECOSYSTEM

In our orchards you can find a strong presence of fauna (insects, birds, wildlife), this is an index of the environment's wellness. In our valleys, apiculture and farming go arm in arm, and pollinating insects, like bees, are becoming more numerous for the increasing number of beehives and beekeepers.

5. INCREASE ORGANIC PRODUCTION

The Consortium proudly uses the two methods that are most respectful for the environment and for consumers' health: 100% organic and integrated production with 5 organic farming-districts dedicated to the fruit grown according to their Procedural guidelines, and packed in 100% compostable packaging

6. PROTECT THE TERRITORY

Our apples are available all year around because they are preserved in refrigerated warehouses. Instead of building new ones on the surface, we created in the heart of our mountains, our hypogeal cells, the first and only in the world, underground- refrigerated-storage-system for apples.

7. SUPPORT COMMUNITY LIFE

Melinda Consortium guaranteeseconomic sustainability for its territory and has allowed the development and growth of two alpine valleys, that at the turn of the Twentieth century were threatened by depopulation for their poverty

DO-IT-YOURSELF ENERGY

Melinda uses only renewable power, both for the manufacturing processes as for the conservation of their apples.

Their self-produced power, thanks to the photovoltaic system mounted on the manufacturing plants' roofs, amounts to about11% of the overall consumption: look what you can do with the energy saved byMelinda.
HOW MUCH ENERGY DOES MELINDA SAVE?
lampadina
33679
lighted houses / year
Average consumption
lavatrici
21049
washing machines / year
Average consumption
forni
48113
ovens / year
Average consumption
aspirapolvere
27037
vacuum cleaners / year
Average consumption
domestic lighting
washing machines
ovens
vacuum cleaners

Source: Melinda data processing
Average consumption source:https://luce-gas.it/guida/consumo/elettrodomestici - approximate values for 1 year of average consumption in Italy

Virtuous apples

Water
saving

DROP IRRIGATION SYSTEM
In the summer season, apples need water. The Non and Sole Valleys receive it in abundance from the surrounding glaciers. In order to not waist even a drop of this precious water and preserve the habitat of rivers and torrents, we chose to provide just the right quantity directly to our plants' roots, using a drop irrigation system. This system allows to save more than 30% water vs traditional overhead irrigation system
FILTERING SYSTEM
Water plays a main role also in the processing of the apples. Our farming cooperatives use a hydro-conveyor system (in this way they don't get bruised!). Our filtering system allows to keep the water clear therefore decreasing the number of changes
Drop irrigation allows a water saving equal to
30,6%
/year
vs traditional overhead irrigation.(source: FAO).
Consumption of water for irrigation