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Category Archives: Processing

Olive Oil cheating update

Seagate previously posted on this subject in a May 2016, Olive Oil Industry Growth & Cheating. That article detailed the flow of olive oil from Italy into the U.S., over 110,000 tons/year, and how most of it was adulterated either with other vegetable oils, oils from North African and Eastern European countries, or 2nd press […]

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Controlling insects on Seagate’s farm

October 2016 has become a critical month for Seagate’s harvests. The olives are ripening early and the tomatoes are all ripening at once. Tomatoes generally all ripen and need to be picked all at the same time. That is not a problem because we have a lot of machinery in the plant to handle this […]

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Olive harvest and separating the twigs

The 2016 olive harvest season began this week, 3 months ahead of normal. The unusually warm weather is causing the olives to ripen at a very fast pace. Below are the first baskets of olives delivered to Seagate’s plant. Usually, the harvest does not begin until the end of December, not the end of September.  […]

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Seagate’s summer Nopal harvest season begins

Seagate grows on our farm or harvests from the ocean ~ 20 different raw materials. Nopal Cactus is just one of them. Just like any other plant or tree, there is a correct time for cutting off (pruning) the old-growth to allow the plant to prosper during the coming year. In the case of Nopal […]

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Oleuropein and Olive Leaf Extract

There are over 100 different brands of Olive Leaf Extract sold in the U.S. — in health food stores, drug stores, the internet and the large chains. However there only a couple of companies that process their own extract and only one (Seagate) that also grows its own olive trees. Yet, almost all of those […]

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Grape Seed Extract – Phony claims about OPC levels

During the 20 years we have been processing Grape Seed Extract, we have been asked why we do not put the % of “OPC’s” (oligomeric proanthocyanadins) on the Seagate label. The answer is because OPC % cannot be measured. Companies that do not process their own products, purchase their raw materials from raw material brokers, […]

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Expansion of Seagate Olive Oil Plant

Demand for Seagate Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been exceeding our production capacity after our first two full seasons.  We can attribute this to the high quality of the product and to the fact that this is 100% pure olive oil, without being cut with vegetable oil fillers and processed with great care.  Not a […]

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Seagate installs Biological Filter in the Ensenada Factory

Thirty years ago, Seagate’s factory in Ensenada, Baja California was in an isolated location.  However, local population growth has led to the spread of a surrounding neighborhood filling up with houses, apartments, and shops right up to the walls of the factory.  During the last 5 years, for the first time we have neighbors … […]

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Inside the Olive Oil Purity Scandal

Olive oil has gotten a nasty reputation lately, and rightfully so. It has been touted as a staple of healthy Mediterranean diets, beauty products, and even religious rituals. But as olive oil has grown in popularity and mass production has taken over, olive oil has become less pure, thereby losing its virginity. After a 2010 […]

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