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Category Archives: Processing

New Olive Oil Machinery Operational at Seagate

Seagate’s new olive oil plant that was fabricated in Italy was installed this year in Baja California, and became fully operational. The machinery is mostly automated, requiring just one operator and a helper to maintain the flow. Jose along with his helpers are seen below installing the receiver, the first stage of the machine which […]

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Lycopene on Buy 1 Get 1 free in July

During this month of July,  Seagate’s Lycopene-15 is on Buy 1 Get 1 Free Special. Tomatoes contain the very important nutrient called Lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant phytonutrient linked to promoting cardiovascular health, along with being beneficial to the prostate and cervix.  Lycopene is naturally-occurring in vegetables having red color such as watermelon, red […]

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Seagate broccoli farming

Seagate broccoli is farmed in two steps.  First the seeds are planted in trays and placed in a greenhouse where they are allowed to sprout. Then some of the sprouts are transplanted onto the farm land. The sprouts are planted between olive trees for protection from the wind and to make use of existing irrigation […]

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Converting tomatoes into Lycopene

Seagate grows and processes our own raw materials into finished products. Once each year, we grow Roma tomatoes on our farm for lycopene production. Although we can grow these tomatoes year-round in our location in Baja California, we prefer to do this during the warmer months, between April and October when the tomatoes will quickly […]

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Fillers and excipients in Health Food Supplements

Take a close look at the ingredients on the labels of the health food supplements that you purchase. Many or actually most contain fillers or excipients.  If you see words such as maltodextrin, lactose, magnesium, starch, cellulose, methyl cellulose, silica, talc, these are just a few.  Fillers are more in the category of taking up […]

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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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