KernAktuell September 2018, News
As by far the biggest pumpkin seed processor in Europe, over recent decades we have built up extensive expertise, with our skilled employees, fully specialised infrastructure and well-established processes. This experience protects our customers.
The growth in demand for pumpkin seeds in recent years has brought many new players into the market, especially from Eastern Europe. With little experience, questionable infrastructure, unclear ownership structures, inadequate sales channels and motivated by poor advice from “experts”, they attempt to find customers for their goods. Then the high standards of food retailers and producers make it difficult for them to sell their stock. This often means that considerable volumes of harvested produce circulate on the market for two years or more, often in dubious hygiene conditions. Sooner or later, with the ever-increasing pressure on prices, such goods find their way into production. Very often, the process involves intermediary dealers and agents in several countries, with the result that the goods reaching customers have not been properly inspected (of course, the sample and first delivery will have been OK). Requests to “purify and sterilise” batches purchased in this way give us a picture of the real situation.
Estyria is trying to counter this trend. We do not work with commercial agents. Our primary procurement sources are still our contract farmers in Austria and Europe. Where we do buy pumpkin seeds from overseas, we import directly with the assistance of international laboratories such as SGS or Eurofins. In the case of our organic products, we take the same approach, or – to guarantee availability – we trust a handful of selected and well-known importers whose quality standards are as high as ours.
This is the sustainable way to ensure safe food supplies.
Ein kleiner Einblick
The biggest contract grower
of oil pumpkins PGI
Alwera AG, Estyria’s parent company, is responsible for production of the raw goods via a contract farming system. The two companies have for some years maintained the largest PDI area of oil pumpkin in Austria and they know the fields and the farmers personally.Read more
stamp press process
While modernity has brought progress in many areas, the traditional Styrian stamp press process is still the best way of making pumpkin seed oil. The main difference between this and other pressing methods is that we work with open roasting pans. At our plant, people check when the pumpkin seeds are perfectly roasted and so will yield the very best oil. This enables our experienced oil millers to produce the pumpkin seed oil that has won more prizes than any other – and which as a result of this type of pressing retains all the natural constituents. The untreated oil is not filtered; the particles that make it cloudy settle naturally when the oil is left to rest.Read more