The start of the 21st century saw the Group embark upon an industrial restructuring, concentrating its extraction activity at Tagol and packaging at Sovena. A new wave of acquisitions also enabled a response to the growing needs of the global market.
In 2002, the Group acquired the assets of Agribética, in Seville, subsequently integrating it into Sovena Ibérica de Aceites, which was responsible for refining and packing vegetable oils, mainly olive oil. This allowed the Group to achieve surprising growth, which led to its becoming the leading operator in the Iberian Peninsula.
With such a strong and consolidated position in the Iberian market, the Group felt the need to bring its products to more people, more countries and more continents. It was at this point, in 2004, that it purchased Simão & Companhia, with the aim of relaunching its Andorinha brand on the Brazilian market.
This was followed by the acquisition, in 2005, of 80% of the capital of East Coast Olive Oil, the biggest olive oil importer and packer in the USA. That same year saw the incorporation, in Spain, of Tagol Ibérica de Aceites, to facilitate access to the sunflower seed market in that country, and the acquisition of 80% of the capital of Exoliva. The latter, a company dedicated exclusively to the preparation and packing of olives, essentially for export, was a significant player on the Russian, Ukrainian and Middle-Eastern markets.