Agricultural Cooperative of Kritsa
Agricultural Cooperative of Kritsa was established in 1927. Its olive oil factory opened in 1937. Today, the coop has over 892 members who are particularly experienced in and concerned with the quality of their produce and product.
The olive groves of Kritsa are some the oldest in Crete. They are situated in the hill of Kritsa and extend from Mirabello bay to height of 700 meters. The area has a warm, dry, semi-mountainous climate , with much sunshine , as well as having ideal soil conditions, factors which are ideal for olive tree cultivation.
The Cooperative has a modern olive oil factory with centrifugal machinery from the ALFA LAVAL company that is housed in modern facilities. It also has stainless steel storage tanks with a capacity of 700 tons.
This olive oil, belongs to the upper category of extra virgin olive oil with acidity of less than 0,3. On average the Cooperative produces 450.000 kilos of olive oil per annum. Our machinery packs olive oil in containers ranging from cans to bottles in a variety of sizes.
The cooperative is certified according to ISO 9000:2001 and HACCP ( ISO 22000:2005) regulations.
At the Cooperative we have the system of common grinding of the olives. Olives from the Cooperative membership are ground together on the day that they are gathered resulting in the finest quality of extra virgin olive oil freshly pressed to maintain the highest nutritional quality fruity taste.