Healthy production of healthy grapeseed oil
The Tampieri family has been producing grapeseed oil for more than 90 years. By using Alfa Laval products, their production becomes both efficient and sustainable.DATE 2022-01-27 AUTHOR David Landes PHOTO Getty Images
Rich in oleic and linoleic acids, as well as omega-6 fatty acids, grapeseed oil also has a high antioxidant content, containing higher levels of Vitamin E than olive oil. Grapeseed oil also helps control skin moisture and can aid in healing, making it a common additive in soaps and cosmetics.
Tampieri has been producing grapeseed oil since 1928 when Alfredo Tampieri began experimenting with extracting oil from grape seeds found among the waste products from nearby winemakers.
Today, Tampieri is considered a world leader in grapeseed oil production, churning out 10,000 tons every year. But grapeseed oil is only one of a wide range of products in Tampieri’s vegetable oil product line, which now produces more than 250 million litres of oil annually. While Alfa Laval equipment has been present in Tampieri’s flagship plant in Faenza for more than a decade, the relationship deepened in 2016 when Tampieri turned to Alfa Laval to supply a deodorization column when retrofitting one of its production units, which has since helped boost the facility’s production efficiency.
Deodorization plays a vital role in processing edible oils by removing odours, pigments and other substances to ensure a clean and odour-free product. Increasing the efficiency of the deodorization process not only results in a higher-quality product, but also brings about substantial energy savings. Having now established itself as a partner in enhancing Tampieri’s energy efficiency, Alfa Laval looks forward to contributing to family business’s sustainability for at least the next 90 years.
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Grapeseed oil has high levels of vitamin E and antioxidants and can be used as an alternative to olive oil. It's also a common additive in soaps and cosmetics.
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