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Our history, “From Galicia around the world”

In 1991 we started our business with a staff of 10 employees, producing pastries and freshly- baked empanada to realize a local distribution in A Coruna.

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The empanada gallega: “16 centuries of history”

The empanada has been known in Galicia since the times of the Goths, in the 7th Century, when it stood out as the perfect meal for travelers, for being easily eaten at any time and in any place.

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The history of the authentic Tarta de Santiago

Even if there is not a lot of information about the origin of the Tarta de Santiago, it is thought that it goes back to the Middle Age, when the usage of almond was a luxury for few people.

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Our installations

Since its inception, Hornos Lamastelle has always made a clear commitment to innovation in terms of its installations and machinery.

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Commitment and Quality

Since its founding in 1993, Hornos de Lamastelle S.A. Is a company committed to food safety and the quality of its products.

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Social Commitment

The reason for being Lamastelle Furnaces are its workers and the people who rely on our products.

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Our history, “From Galicia around the world” Back to top

In 1991 we started our business with a staff of 10 employees, producing pastries and freshly- baked empanada to realize a local distribution in A Coruna.

Later, in 1994, thanks to the investment of a new partner, the factory was provided with freezing equipment, needed for national distribution of the products.

Starting from 1998, after a period of temporary closure of the facilities, Hornos de Lamastelle becomes part of the business network called Confederacion Gallega de Personas con Discapacidades (COGAMI), which resumes the production with just one product, the empanada gallega.

During 2004, we enlarged our manufacturing capacity, providing ourselves with state-of-the- art equipment, which was needed to support the high production levels that the national market demand required.

At this time, thanks to our human staff, composed by more than 70 employees, and to the efforts we make to innovate and improve each day, we managed to remarkably expand our product portfolio and to have presence in the international market.

The empanada gallega: “16 centuries of history” Back to top

The empanada has been known in Galicia since the times of the Goths, in the 7th Century, when it stood out as the perfect meal for travelers, for being easily eaten at any time and in any place.

Legend has it that pilgrims knew they were close to Santiago the Compostela when they smelled the unmistakable scent of bread, empanadas and scallops.

These, along with the travelling desire of the gallego, made the most iconical and popular meal of our gastronomy known to the world.

After many centuries, in Lamastelle, we keep this process alive for the most demanding palates, adapted to modern times but without losing a jot of the tradicional and artisanal process which started centuries ago (high quality of the products, ingredients and method of preparation)

It’s an easily and practically consumed product, everywhere and at every time: “ready to eat”.

The history of the authentic Tarta de Santiago Back to top

Even if there is not a lot of information about the origin of the Tarta de Santiago, it is thought that it goes back to the Middle Age, when the usage of almond was a luxury for few people.

There is knowledge of this from the year 1577. Pedro from Porto visited the Compostelan University, and from this travel he obtained a recipe for something called “torta real”, whose process of making was similar to the one that nowadays known as Tarta de Santiago).

During the 19th century it started assuming the shape that it has nowadays, and in 1924 it started being marked with the characteristic Cross of Santiago, merging together a city symbol and a traditional specialty.

Even though the main ingredient of the Tarta de Santiago is the almond (at least 33% of Mediterranean variety), it should not be mixed up with the Tarta de Almendra.

Our Tarta de Santiago is guaranteed by the Protected Geographical Indication, which attests the natural origin of the raw materials and its production method: from the artisanal grinding of the almond, to the handmade decoration of every single Tarta with the typical Cross of the Order of Santiago.

Our installations Back to top

Since its inception, Hornos de Lamastelle has always made a clear commitment to innovation in terms of its facilities and machinery, so the company has made great investments to improve the manufacturing process and the quality of the product without sacrificing for that reason the jobs necessary for the artisan production of its flagship products: the Galician Pies closed by hand and the Tarta de Santiago (Santiago’s Cake) with Protected Geographical Indication with number TS-I-010 of date 2010/11/03.

At the moment it counts on three obradores that realize its productions simultaneously, distributed in an area of ​​2,000 square meters, dedicated each of them to a concrete activity:

  • Manual elaboration of artisan products.
  • Automated production of state-of-the-art products.
  • Pastry making and Tarta de Santiago (Santiago’s Cake).

Commitment and Quality Back to top

Since its founding in 1993, Hornos de Lamastelle, S.A. is a company committed to food safety and the quality of its products: the entire production process is subjected to exhaustive checks by our workers, from the reception of raw materials and auxiliaries to the production process itself, packaging and issuance of the final product.

Hornos de Lamastelle, S.A. bet at all times for a continuous innovation of its production process, aimed at improving at all times the quality of our products without forgetting at any time the needs and satisfaction of our customers.

Our commitment to quality has been backed since 2005 by our Quality Management System based on the international standard ISO 9001: 2008, as well as the Protected Geographical Indication for our Tarta de Santiago (Santiago’s Cake) product since 2010.

Social Commitment Back to top

The reason for being Lamastelle Hornos are its workers and the people who trust our products, so we strive to carry out a policy of social responsibility that has a positive impact on our workers and the environment in which we develop our activity is A challenge that we try to improve day by day.

Hornos de Lamastelle is a special non-profit employment center that aims to create stable and quality employment for people with disabilities as a way to fully integrate this sector in society, as the workplace Not only has positive repercussions on the personal fulfillment of the worker through the development of a productive activity, but also allows for their economic independence, with the consequent improvement in their autonomy, self-esteem and quality of life. At present, more than 95% of the staff is in possession of the certificate of disability. As proof of our clear social vocation, Hornos de Lamastelle was one of those selected for the participation of the I Momentum Project, an initiative of BBVA and ESADE aimed at supporting social entrepreneurship in Spain.

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Find us at Avda. Rosalía de Castro, nº12, Montrove, Oleiros, Cp. 15179, La Coruña.