It is said that in 1887 the young Napoleone Stoppato, at the age of twenty, was able to build up a modern and innovative activity, changing three generation’s of a farming family’s ways following his recruitment by a local noble, the farm owner. Napoleone established himself in a very short time thanks to his entrepreneurial spirit and modernity. Very soon he was able to multiply the harvest and invest in new fields. 130 years later, Stoppato’s family (Vanni, neverending worker together with his wife Angela and their three sons) continues to maintain the business with the same historical spirit. The love for the land and its products in full respect of tradition, the use of advent-garde technology and the attention to innovative farming are the strong points of the firm.
The respect of the land is at the heart of the Stoppato’s family’s philosophy: we select the most fertile and richest fields in Verona and Mantua areas – some of which are located near protected oasis, often flown over by airons and cormorans. Near to these natural paradises Stoppato’s cereals and rice are grown, combining nature, knowledgeable farming practices and, of course modern technologies. We believe in a sustainable agriculture, that does not unsettle nature: our cogenerator turns the biofuel of our rapeseed oil into clean energy that powers our drying plant, our machinery also provides fuels for our companies buildings. Part of our corn is used to produce clean energy through a biogas plant. We strongly believe in our father’s ideas: hand down to the next generations the fields and the environment as they were born.
Our family follows directly all the production phases of rice and quinoa farming, from growth to production. We pride ourselves on the knowledge that all of our production phases have a minimal impact to the environment. Our fields are leveled thanks to a satellite system and innovative ploughing techniques that allows us to speed up the water filling and emptying. In this way we are able to obtain a higher quality product. We immediately harvest and dry the unrifined rice: the husking is made later in a slow and delicate way, with small quantities of rice at a time. The grain is separated from it’s husk (lolla in Italian) in a very gentle way, avoiding the removal of the external part of the grain, rich in proteins and important nutritional elements. We only select the highest quality rice grains; for every kg of harvested product, only the 45-50% is packed. This process is carried out within in a modified atmosphere in order to avoid the contact between the rice and oxygen, which consequently causes oxidation. We are proud to sign each single pack with our name.