The Pistacyl company, the main pistachio producer in Castile and Leon that is part of Grupo Pistacyl, has been awarded the 2023 Innovation Award in the second edition of the Agri-Food Innovation Awards of the “Alimentos de Valladolid. To everyone’s liking” brand convened by the Valladolid Provincial Council.
This award is a new recognition of Pistacyl’s firm commitment to innovation and research and which has already been previously endorsed with the Innovative SME Seal of the Ministry of Science and Innovation (2021) and with different distinctions such as the first Rural Business Innovation Award (2017) and the second Award for Innovative Projects for self-employed workers and rural SMEs in the province of Valladolid (2021).
The award was presented to the president of Grupo Pistacyl, Alfredo Pérez, by the president of the Provincial Council of Valladolid, Cornado Íscar, in an event held on September 28 at Espacio La Granja in the capital of Valladolid.
After collecting the award, Alfredo Pérez expressed his gratitude for this award, which he said is the result of the work of the entire Pistacyl team and also of the ProcerealTech Research Group of the University of Valladolid, which collaborates with the company in the development of different Projects.
In his speech, and quoting the words of King Felipe, the president of Grupo Pistacyl stated that without innovation there is no progress or social well-being and encouraged the companies that are part of the Alimentos de Valladolid brand to bet on innovation.
Since its beginning in 2008, Pistacyl has been promoting different research projects aimed at obtaining a unique pistachio due to its size, aroma, color and flavor, and at developing new products derived from this nut that stand out for their qualities and characteristics.
To this end, it has developed 7 research projects with prestigious organizations such as the CDTI, ITACYL or the University of Valladolid that have allowed it to achieve excellent results both in the cultivation method and in improving the quality of the product.
The company is also investigating the production of new products from its crops, such as partially defatted natural pistachio flour, the first to be produced with these characteristics, and pistachio oil, obtained after a cold pressing process of the natural pistachio kernel.
These products, which are in the development phase, are part of the Pistachio Foods project that Grupo Pistacyl has been carrying out with the ProcerealTech Research Group of the Univerisity of Valladolid to obtain comprehensive use of the natural pistachio it produces, in line with its commitment to sustainable agriculture.
Furthermore, this year, the company began to market natural pistachio paste, the first to be made only with raw pistachio ground in three phases in a stone mill, which prevents it from suffering temperature changes that alter its properties.
Along with innovation, quality and food safety, another priority is the group’s production process, which has been endorsed with the Global G. A.P. certificate. and other accreditations that support their agronomically sustainable and zero-waste production methods.
At the same time, the quality of its products is endorsed by the Food of Valladolid and Tierra de Sabor seals and by the Rueda Denomination of Origin in the case of its Desacato wine, which has already obtained the Silver Medal at the 2022 Brussels World Competition.