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The beginning

1940

Francisco Pons Martí launched the business by buying local products such as peanuts, tiger nuts and beans at the Lonja (market) in Valencia.

Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

First machines

1950

The first cleaning, shelling and sorting machines were installed.

Seleccionadora cribadora antigua

2nd generation

1965

Owing to crop failure the company ordered its first peanut imports.

The second generation began working for the company: Francisco and Juan Antonio Pons Alcoy.

 

Differentiation

1970

Differentiation strategy: investment in a machine to standardize peanut shell colour to give them a honey tone.

Pintadora de cacahuete antigua

Boat of inflexion

1972

Pivotal moment in shipping: a ship flying a Russian flag arrived at the port of Valencia with products for Importaco. Its flag stopped it from docking in Spain.

As a result, an Import Group was created with the collaboration of ten companies. This led to significant market dominance.

 

Barco foto antigua

Business Society

1973

Importaco became a public limited company: Importaco S.L. It abandoned the vegetable business to focus on the dried fruit and nuts market.

 

Itac

1974

The Itac brand was created.

Logo Itac rojo

All the dried fruits of the world

1975

The “Every dried fruit under the sun” strategy was rolled out.

The company moved to its new 8,000 m2 premises in Beniparrell.

The first supermarkets and hypermarkets started to appear.

Barranco foto antigua

Cash & Carry

1982

Launch of Sales Development Plan based on Cash & Carry with the opening of 18 branches throughout Spain.

Importaco cash and carry almacén

Importaco S.A.

1987

Importaco S.L. develops to become Importaco S.A.

Hechos al Sol

1991

The Hechos al Sol brand was created in order to supply modern retail.

Logo Hechos al sol

3ª generación

1992

Incorporation of the 3rd generation.

Foto de familia Tercera Generación

Elafruse

1994

Acquisition of Elafruse, a company specializing in chocolate covered dried fruit and nuts.

Ampliación almacén fábrica chocolates

Quality Department

1996

The Quality Department was created.

The third factory in Beniparrell with 21,000 m2 of floor space was opened.

Inauguración ratlla Importaco

Industrial development

1997

Increased industrial development. The manufacture and packaging of small formats was encouraged with the aim of reaching the end customer.

The Casa Pons brand was created.

 

ISO 9001

2000

Acquisition of majority shares in Campo Seco, a company dedicated to the production of flavoured coating dried fruit and nuts.

First quality certification – ISO 9001.

 

Acquisition Fritos Pérez

2001

Acquisition of Fritos Pérez, a company specialising in snacks.

Internationalization

2003

International expansion launched. Acquisition of the Polish company, Domat.

Signing of the Family Business Protocol.

The desiccated fruit and microwave popcorn factories opened.

 

Firma protocolo Importaco

Mercadona

2004

Strong commitment to Mercadona as the only client in modern retail.

Logo Casa Pons Hacendado

Quality in origin

2005

First supplier applying a quality audit in origin.

Creation of the PPS (Preferred Suppliers) concept. High concentration of purchases from exclusive suppliers by product.

Acquisition of shares in Aguas de Cortes.

 

Cortes Logo Rojo

PPS Congress

2006

First International PPS Congress attended by international suppliers.

Acquisition of shares in Frutos Secos Castellón, a company that specializes in supplying ingredients for the agri-food industry.

Primer congreso pps Importaco

Food Safety

2007

First Food Safety Certification (BRC and IFS).

Logo IFS Bureau Veritas

Opening of the Technology Hub

2008

Opening of the Technology Hub: specialised research and innovation laboratories.

The generational succession process began: Francisco Pons Alcoy was named president and Juan Antonio Pons Casañ, CEO.

Centro tecnológico Importaco

Fried dough factory

2009

Fried dough factory opening: “churros” and “porras”.

 

Foto Inauguración Masas

Importaco’s Training School

2010

Opening of Importaco’s Training School.

Inauguración escuela Importaco

Importaco Turkey

2011

Creation of Importaco Turkey, packing hub.

First social audit of suppliers.

First certification in ISO 14001.

New factory

2012

Expansion of the chocolate covered dried fruit and nuts factory.

New factory specialising in Food Service.

Chella aperitivos chocolate

Agua de Bronchales

2014

Acquisition of Agua de Bronchales.

Opening home offices in California, Turkey, Argentina y China.

Logo Bronchales

Importaco Poland

2015

New factory opening Importaco Poland.

Inauguración sede Polonia

Agua Doy and Refrescos Minerales

2016

Acquisition of a new company, Refrescos Minerales, and a new water srping in Calera y Chozas (Talavera de la Reina), Agua Doy.

Itac Consumer and Itac Professional

2017

Creation of the new brand Itac Professional and restyling of Itac Consumer.

marcas itac

Juan Antonio Pons, President of Importaco

2018

Juan Antonio Pons Casañ appointed President of Importaco.

Juan Antonio Pons named President of Importaco

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