Melavì directly controls all the production chain phases, from the field to shipment, guaranteeing the traceability, quality and wholesomeness of the apples, in synergy with the large-scale retail channel and in compliance with the certification standards (Mela di Valtellina IGP, Globalgap). The suitable territory, excellent apples, cooperative organization, fruit-growers passion and professionalism of the skilled workers all ensure that Melavì quality, in terms of both product and service, is assured.
Integrated pest management production
Melavì apples are produced by Valtellina apple growers using integrated pest management production methods, by adopting the most innovative growing techniques designed to reduce environmental impact and to allow the orchard to live in symbiosis with nature and the surrounding environment. Integrated pest management farming or integrated pest management production is an environmentally sensitive approach to agricultural production as it foresees the co-ordinated and rational use of all the production factors in order to minimize the use of technical means that have an impact on the environment or consumers’ health. Melavì has been producing its apples with the integrated pest management method for more than twenty years, voluntarily complying with the Code of Conduct of the Fruit-growers of the Province of Sondrio.
PGI Valtellina Apple
In March 2010, the "Valtellina Apple" was awarded PGI status, enhancing this important product and the efforts of all the Valtellina fruit-growers who strive to produce top quality products. The specific features of the territory and the expertise of man, who has been able to make the mountains protect him and to become the ‘maintenance man’ of the territory, have contributed to Italian and foreign consumers recognizing the high quality of the Valtellina apple.