The start of the 21st century is also the start of the industrial restructuring of the group, concentrating its activities on Tagol with extraction and refining, and on Sovena with bottling and marketing. This was followed by some new acquisitions with a globalized frame of mind, rather than a local one.
In 2002, the acquisition of Agribética's assets in Seville, which involved refining and bottling of vegetable oils and mostly olive oil, and the consequent integration of Sovena Ibérica de Aceites, allowed the group to grow phenomenally, becoming the number one player in the Iberian Peninsula.
Already with its own place in the Iberian market, the group felt the need to bring its products to more people and more countries and even a new continent. It was then that it acquired Simão & Co with the objective of re-launching its main brand, Andorinha, in the Brazilian market.
This was followed, in 2005, by the acquisition of 80% of East Coast Olive Oil, the largest olive oil bottler in the U.S.A.
In the same year, the group opened Tagol Iberica de Aceites in Spain to ease its access to the sunflower seed market in that country.
With a strong presence in all 3 continents reached in just 3 years, the group conquers a new partner, SOMED, to create a new company based in Morocco, called Soprolives. Through growth of 2,250 acres of olive groves, Soprolives will produce and sell olive oil to several international markets.
Still in 2006, Tagol, in partnership with Bunge, creates BioColza, whose main activity is the extraction and refining of Colza (a type of Canola) oil and its sub-products.
The rhythm continues strong, and also in 2006 the group acquires 80% of Exoliva. This company is primarily dedicated to the production and export of table olives, having a significant position in the Russian, Ukrainian and Middle Eastern markets.
In 2007 Sovena M.E.N.A. (Middle East & North Africa) was created in Tunisia, again through a partnership with a local company. The objective is to supply the local market, the surrounding countries and export.
Although the entrance in the agricultural world happened in 2006 with Soprolives, it is in 2007 that the largest agricultural project is created, through a partnership with Atitlan, called Elaia. The objective is to plant about 25,000 acres of olive groves, commanding a larger control of the entire value chain in the market.
Also in 2007, Agrodiesel was established and used for Biodiesel production and commercialization. The factory was built next to the Tagol (the present Sovena Oilseeds Portugal) facilities and began production in December of that year.
The group is already the second largest company in the olive oil world and it is the largest supplier of private labels.
2008 starts with the restructuring of the group's identity, with a new image and new company names. It is the new SOVENA GROUP, previously known as Alco, now with four business areas - Biodiesel, Agriculture, Oilseeds and Consumer Goods.