History of Salvest

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In 1946 Tartu Fruit and Vegetable Factory was established. The factory initially employed 26 workers, whose equipment consisted of a pot, a steamer and buckets.


In 1951 the factory was renamed Tartu Canned Food Factory and it was the first company manufacturing hermetically sealed products. The first hermetically sealed product was “Mulgi kapsad” (Cabbage with pork and barley).


In 1956, the first jar washing and labelling machine was installed in the factory.


In 1966, a new production building was opened and the first baby food line was imported from Hungary to launch production of baby foods. The current product range still features some of the products that were developed in 1966 – delicious apple purée and carrot nectar.


In 1973 a new independent production unit was formed. The staff of the department was responsible for the production of vegetable and berry juices and purées, salting of cucumbers and pickling of cabbage. In this period, the aseptic preservation technology for juices was introduced.


In 1977 a new trademark was developed and approved:




In 1981 Tartu Canned Food Factory was transferred from the Ministry of Food Industry to the management of the newly established Ministry of Horticulture.


In 1991 RAS (state public limited company) SÄILIS was established based on Tartu Canned Food Factory.


In 1993 AS Salvest was established.


In 1996, AS Salvest Tartu Konservitehas (AS Salvest Tartu Canned Food Factory) was established. In the summer of the same year a new capping machine was purchased from Finland. This allowed capping “twist-off” type of glass jars with different volume.


In 2000 AS Salvest became the company’s new business name. AS Salvest is located in Tartu, in a territory of 108,297 m². The surface area under production buildings, warehouses and auxiliary buildings spans approximately 32,000 m². Salvest employs 150–160 people, many of whom have worked at the company for 20–30 years.


In 2011, the warehouses for raw material and finished goods were renewed. The preparation area of raw products was extended.


In 2014, investments were made in a doypack line and a new range of baby foods made of organic raw produce was introduced in the baby foods market.