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Category Archives: Processing

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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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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