THE COOPERATIVE (THE ENGINE BEHIND THE OIL)
The company is on the A-305 road that links Andújar to Baena PK53 (Córdoba); its total extension is of 83,000 m2.
The Ntra. Sra. de GUADALUPE Olive Oil Producer has 11 olive reception lines, each of which has a reception hopper, two conveyor belts to move the fruit into the cleaner, a cleaner to separate the olive from leaves and sand (varying depending on the date), a cleaner, a conveyor belt to deliver the fruit into the weighing machine, a weighing machine and a further conveyor belt that ends at the storage hoppers. To top off this first process, once the olives have been selected and cleaned up, they are stored in 24 storage hoppers. These hoppers have a combined capacity of 1,200,000 kg. of olives per day; all these olives are milled in under 24 hours from the time they arrive. Thus, the Ntra. Sra. de GUADALUPE Olive Oil Producer has 4 milling lines and each line has 2 hammers, which add up to a total 8 hammers, each of which mill 8,000 kg. of olives per hour. Once the olives have been milled (crushed), the paste goes to the mixers, then to the decanters and then on to the vertical centrifugal pumps, where a first and second extraction is carried out depending on the type of Extra Virgin Olive Oil; before final transportation to the cellars and then on to the packaging plants if required.
DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN
The D.O. is determined by the Regulatory Council which regulates Quality Control and Certification of the oils produced by the Ntra Sra. de GUADALUPE Olive Oil Producer, as they are a fundamental pillar of the Designation of Origin. For this control, the Regulatory Council has a Qualifying Committee whose members are from 8 municipalities and they are inscribed in the registries of the Baena Designation of Origin, the municipalities are Doña Mencía, Luque, Nueva Carteya, Zuheros, Albendín, Castro del Río, Cabra and Baena, all of which are to the south of the Córdoba province, between the countryside and the foothills of the "Subbética" mountain range.
Certified extra virgin olive oils are only those that carry the back labelling or the control seals granted by the Regulatory Council after passing the quality and origin controls. In short, certified quality from yesteryear, which has its roots in the BAENA origin, which is now ratified by the D.O. and its Regulatory Council. www.dobaena.com
- Silver medal by the Baena Designation of Origin Regulatory Council in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2008 and 2011.
- Silver medal in the Montoro international competition in 1994 y 1996.
- Gold medal by the Baena Designation of Origin Regulatory Council in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2009 y 2010.
- II Prize in the International Oil Council Competition in 2002.
- Second prize from the Ministry of Agriculture in sweet green oils category, 2004.
- First "Frutado maduro" (mature fruity) prize Córdoba Provincial Council 2010.