La Pernice packages and distributes fruits and vegetables which are produced on more than 150 hectares (about 370 acres) of land spread over the central Apulian area run by the San Marco Commercial Farm. The crops are highly specialised and controlled. We grow cherries, table grapes, apricots and peaches, watermelons, figs and cauliflower. The workers who cultivate the land and harvest the fruit are highly qualified and meticulously trained to observe regulations and production methods, which the company, after 30 years of experience, has established in order to obtain products of superior quality; the distinctive feature of the brand La Pernice. The San Marco Commercial Farm, in putting into effect the regulations established in the Globalgap Certification, has initiated a project which has the following objectives:
1. Use of agrochemicals only when it is absolutely necessary, guaranteeing the food safety and healthiness of the fruit product, in order to make sure that each client’s specifications are met.
2. Respect the physiological maturation and the true nutritive needs of the plants in order to obtain fruit with elevated organoleptic and nutritive properties and with an optimal shelf life.
3. Cultivation in areas which have protected zones to preserve the biodiversity for both flora and fauna, thanks to the presence of 30 hectares (about 74 acres) of forest, Mediterranean scrub and dry stone walls.
For more than a decade, the company has been committed to cultivation methods defined as integrated pest management. This particular method consists in limiting the use of pesticides to a bare minimum with no damage to the human body nor to the plant as opposed to more traditional methods using large amounts of chemicals. This limited use of pesticides, in some cases next to nothing, is possible due to the implementation of some very sensible techniques for integration and collaboration between the ecosystems and the production requirements. For example, pheromones are used to confuse the parasite or selected pesticides are used which have an effect only on certain parasites but don’t contaminate the fruit. Integrated pest management is very complex to put into effect and requires highly qualified workers, just like those who work for La Pernice srl. The product quality obtained and the guarantee of a final quantity make this company a business model of biocompatible ethics for the entire fruit and vegetable sector and for its economy on a worldwide level. For this reason, important brands for European distribution choose La Pernice srl because it is able to offer large quantities of a product of exceptionally good quality which has been meticulously examined with no risk to man which could come instead from an overly aggressive cultivation. In this way, La Pernice customers can obtain the maximum benefit from a nice, big and crunchy cherry, not only in terms of price but also according to nutritional values and respect for health.