In 1946, the Tartu Fruit and Vegetable Factory began operations, where there were initially 26 workers and the work tools included a pot, a kettle and buckets. Boiled preserves and salted cucumbers and cabbage from the market gardens’ produce were taken by horse-drawn wagons to the Tartu market.
In 1951, the factory was renamed the Tartu Preserves Factory, and began producing airtight sealed food products. The first sealed product, “Mulgi kapsad” (Mulk’s cabbage) is produced.
In 1956, the first jar cleansing and labelling machine was installed. Labels no longer had to be applied by hand to jars.
In 1966, a new production building was completed and the first baby food production line was imported from Hungary, and baby foods were produced under 11 product names, of which carrot puree is still in production. The first industrially produced baby food in Estonia was produced.
At the beginning of 1973, a new, independent factory shop and production facility for semi-finished products was completed. The factory shop staff were dedicated to the production of fruit and berry juices and purees, salting cucumbers and cabbage fermentation. During this period, aseptic juice preservation technologies were introduced.
In 1977, a NEW BRAND was developed and approved.
In 1981, the Tartu Preserves Factory was transferred from the Ministry of Food Industry to the Ministry of Agriculture. In August of the same year, part of the Aardla fruit and vegetable base, which had previously belonged to the Tartu Trade Government, was merged with the factory, adding production capacity of 3,600 tonnes, 13 vegetable stores and a kiosk. The factory also received mandatory retail and wholesale as well as raw vegetable processing plans.
In 1991, RAS SÄILIS was established on the basis of the Tartu Preserves Factory. The so-called second type of RAS SÄILIS and the RAS SÄILIS subdivision, the Tartu Preserves Factory, was registered with the Tartu County Government. In July of the same year, RAS SÄILIS spun off the Viljandi Preserves Factory as a separate legal entity, which was registered on 10 September 1991 as RAS SÄILIS Viljandi Konservitehas.
In 1993, AS Salvest was established by 8 legal and 42 natural persons.
In 1994 on 17 March, 100% of the shares in RAS SÄILIS Tartu Konservitehas were sold by the Estonian Privatisation Agency to AS ALVIKO. In the summer of 1995, two used but more modern LUBECA horizontal rotation autoclaves were purchased from Germany to modernise the preserve sterilisation process. A “twist-off” glass jar lid machine was successfully sourced from Finland.
In 1996, AS Salvest Tartu Konservitehas was established. In the summer of that year, thanks to friendly connections, a practically new canner was successfully purchased from Finland on very favourable terms, with the help of which a range of different-sized twist-of jars could be canned.
In 2000, AS Salvest became the new business name. AS Salvest is located in the city of Tartu, on an area of 108,297m². The area of the production facility, warehouse and support unit complex totals 32,000m2, and there were 150–160 people working at Salvest, many of whom have been working here for 20–30 years.
In 2011, new warehouses for raw materials and finished products were completed. The preparation area for raw materials was expanded.
In 2014, investments were made in the doypack line and a new range of baby food entered the baby food market made from ecological ingredients.
In 2015, a vacuum boiler and bottling line were purchased with the help of support from PRIA. The aim of the project was to create the opportunity to produce homemade ketchup and to enter the market with new products expected by consumers. This in turn allows growth in export capacity.
In 2016, Salvest brought the most tomato-y ketchup in Estonia to market.
In 2017, Salvest’s eco smoothies were brought to market, and the company’s range of export markets was further expanded.
In 2018, Salvest invested in a new pouch-packaging production line, allowing products in the soup category to be brought to market in new packaging. At the same time, the area in Salvest’s warehouse shop was increased by nearly a third.
Foto: Maris Tomba
In 2019, new eco soups in pouch packages were launched by Salvest.