Salvatore Palmieri is a young entrepreneur from Policoro (Matera), Italy, with a degree in architecture and design. He is the owner of Biotesoro, a company that disposes of 10 hectares and was founded about 3 years ago. The crops are grown organically.
Salvatore Palmieri, owner of Biotesoro
"After my studies, I worked for a research centre and pretty soon the promotion followed. That meant a permanent contract with Alfa Romeo and a relocation to Milan. However, my love for Basilicata runs deep and I always wanted to set up my own business. I left everything behind and decided to go for it."
Organic citrus fruit
"We grow organic fruit and vegetables that are shipped to various Italian markets, such as Turin, Rimini and Verona, as well as abroad, mainly to Germany. The other sales channels are through e-commerce and delivery, with the latter only active for certain regions and on certain days of the week. Currently, the strawberries are of the Sabrina variety and available until July, but also artichokes, lettuce, lemons, broad beans and oranges, as well as processed crops, are the products that sell like hot cakes. Our horticulture goes beyond the term organic. We use the waste from our crops as fertilizers. We have also banned some elements that are still allowed in the organic system with the aim to make food as sustainable and natural as possible."
Biotesoro's crops are certified, natural, organic and 100% safe. "We are getting ready for the summer season when arugula, eggplants, courgettes and tomatoes will all be grown strictly organically. We want to achieve an ever more innovative horticulture, but with respect for tradition. We are also working on the construction of a processing plant that will be ready next summer and that will allow us to expand our commercial catalogue. We are a young company, but with clear ideas."