All of our products are produced using exclusively organic raw materials, obtained from organic farming.
Organic farming is a system of agricultural production, that seeks to provide consumers with fresh, tasty and authentic food while simultaneously trying to respect the ecosystem’s balance, allowing for a sustainable management of the environment and landscape.
In order to achieve this, organic farming relies on a number of objectives and principles, as well as best practices, designed to minimize human impact on the environment and ensure that the agricultural system operates as naturally as possible.
Practices typically used in organic farming include crop rotation; restrictions on the use of chemical synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, livestock antibiotics, food additives, processing aids and other inputs; absolute prohibition of the use of genetically modified organisms; use of natural resources – use of manure as fertiliser for instance – choice of species adapted to local conditions; raising livestock in free-range, open-air systems; among others.
In order to ensure that organic food is produced while meeting these best practices, the production itself is subject to a set of rigid rules that exist in order to ensure consumer confidence in these products.
For a product to be presented as originating from organic farming, it must bear the EU organic logo. This logo is a guarantee that the producer respects and complies with all the rules of organic farming and is subject to regular inspections by an inspection body.
Next to the logo, you can find the code of the entity responsible for the control – in our case PT-BIO-03 corresponding to SATIVA. Next to the code you can find the origin of the raw materials used – in the case of our products ‘Portugal Agriculture’ or in the case of our liqueurs ‘Portugal/non-EU Agriculture’ since part of the ingredients – spices and sugar – are cultivated outside of the EU.
We use exclusively organic fruit as a raw material – all of it cultivated by us or by local fruit growers. The only raw materials we use that are not locally grown are the spices and the cane sugar – the latter produced in Brazil.
To ensure that these products comply with the strict rules applied in the EU to organic farming, they are also subject to the same rules, this compliance being verified by independent private control bodies approved by the European Commission.
Moreover, as processors, we do not add any food additives or processing aids to the food we produce. We do not use artificial colorings or preservatives – including sulfites – keeping our products as natural as possible, and using only natural preservatives – alcohol, vinegar, sugar and dehydration.
SABOR BIO was born in order to address a problem – what to do with the fruit that is produced in excess in some years, or the fruit that is not up to standard – because it is too small for instance. In order to tackle this problem we seek to optimize, to the fullest, the use we make of the fruit we have available – we use the biggest apples to slice and dehydrate; the sweetest apples to make liqueur; the most juicy apples to make apple juice – which will later become cider vinegar – with the rest of apples we make fruit brandy, which in turn is used to make liqueurs and to preserve other food. The same logic applies to all of our products.
In terms of production, we try to use methods as environmentally friendly as possible. Our waste – fruit in poor condition, dough and mash from the fruit, and fruit leftovers – are used to feed livestock and to fertilize our agricultural land, helping to produce more food. In terms of energy we try to use renewable energies whenever possible – we use solar energy to dehydrate our fruit, for instance. We strive to be as efficient as possible on all stages of production, never for one second neglecting the quality of our products. This is a principle to which we commit ourselves.