Over time, we have set up and consolidated partnerships with various institutions and companies that, in one way or another, have been beneficial to both parties and support Sovena in such important areas as Research and Development (R&D), training, entry into new business areas and market development.
Mercadona is Spain's biggest retailer and the one with the highest growth rates. Its commercial policy centers on the competitiveness of the value chain through partnerships with exclusive suppliers. This has allowed Mercadona to grow with its suppliers and guarantee its customers very high-quality products.
This relationship takes the form of a partnership of indefinite duration, based on trust and the sharing of value, strategies and business needs.
Sovena (Interprovedor) is one of Mercadona's top suppliers of vegetable oil and olive oil.
Bunge is one of the two biggest players in the world in the area of vegetable oils. Operating worldwide, it has an extensive range of partnerships with our Group in various markets.
In the Brazilian market it is exclusive importer and distributor of Andorinha olive oil, produced by Sovena Portugal, and which is helping us strive for leadership in the market. Also in respect of this market, Sovena Spain is the packer for Bunge's Spanish olive oil, Delícia.
In Angola, Sovena is the sole distributor for Bunge's various brands of vegetable oil, mayonnaise and margarine.
In the Russian market, the olive oil sold under the brand Ideal, which is the market leader for vegetable oils in Russia, comes from Sovena Spain, and this partnership may be extended to other eastern-European countries where Bunge has a strong market position.
Additionally, the Biodiesel project in Portugal was developed and is being managed in partnership with the Bunge Group company Diester, which is currently the biggest European operator in this business area.
Lastly, at the origin of this solid relationship is a contract with Sovena Oil Seeds Portugal for the refining and extraction of soybean oil.
Founded in 1976, Logoplaste specializes in the manufacture of rigid plastic containers for the food and beverages, hygiene, oil and lubricant sectors. The company pioneered the implementation of units for the supply of integrated packaging at its customers' factories. This Portuguese group has a presence in 17 countries, thereby benefiting from considerable visibility internationally. Its growth prospects are good and it invests continuously in innovation, so fully understands the challenges faces our Group and the ways in which it can help us grow.
Logoplaste has integrated operations at Sovena Portugal, Sovena Spain and Sovena USA, respectively through Sulpet, Brenpack and Oliveplaste.
The Société Maroc Emirates Árabes Unis de Développement (SOMED) is a group that was created in 1982 by a series of Moroccan companies and a development fund from the United Arab Emirates, and which operates in different business areas: in hospitality, it currently has six hotels in Morocco's main cities; in entertainment, it has a theme park; in metallurgy, it has one of the most important lead foundries in the Mediterranean region; in civil construction and engineering, it has a company that markets industrial machinery and handles public works; in fisheries, a sector that is of considerable socioeconomic importance in the country; and in agriculture, with the SOPROLIVES society, created in 2005 in partnership with Sovena. Indeed, this was our Group's first step in the planting and management of the olive grove, for the production of high-quality olive oil.Visitar Website
Atitlan is a management company that was formed in Valencia in 2006, and which operates in various business areas, including financial investments, real estate, aquaculture and agriculture. The partnership with our Group focuses on this last area and began with the incorporation of Elaia to manage and operate the olive grove and the processing of the olives.
Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (iBET) is the largest nonprofit organization working in biotechnological research in Portugal. Founded in 1989, it focuses on the creation, implementation and transfer of scientific knowledge in benefit of society, acting as an important interface between the academic institutions and manufacturers. In the development of its R&D activity geared towards manufacturing, it has entered into partnerships and agreements with public institutions and private companies that operate, in particular, in the areas of health and drugs, agro-industry, forestry, agriculture and the environment.
It has at its disposal the human resources and materials needed to ensure the development of pilot projects in agro-industry and for the transfer of technologies and processes for industry. The organization has been working with our Group in fields such as nutritional and sensory quality, stability, authenticity and functionality of products, and food safety; and it has been supporting our strategy of differentiation, innovation and quality and helping us certify our products and processes internationally.
The Business Association of the Faculty of Biotechnology at the Portuguese Catholic University (AESBUC) conducts part of its activity in close partnership with the Faculty of Biotechnology (ESB), thereby integrating extensive scientific and technological knowledge into its activity.
The ESB and AESBUC were created simultaneously in 1984, and are today widely recognized internationally for their vast experience in R&D, teaching and training, as well as in the field of biotechnology and the agri-food sector in particular.
Through its Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Support (CINATE), the ESB offers a vast array of services, from laboratory analyses and the development of new products to large-scale industrial projects, providing a solid foundation for R&D activities, especially in the agri-food sector.
The AESE was Portugal's first business school. It was founded in 1980 by the Associação de Estudos Superiores de Empresa, which created it in the image of the IESE Business School (the University of Navarra's postgraduate management school). The aim was to give executives the management tools and techniques they need, as well as values centered on ethics and humanitarianism, which allow them to continually improve on personal and professional levels.
Over the years, we have been developing and consolidating a partnership with the AESE in this field of executive training, making it possible for many members of our management team to enhance their business management and leadership skills, as well as other competences that are vital for the business. Training has been provided through participation in Executive MBA programs or Executive Programs, such as the PADE, PDE or GAIN.
The importance of our employees' continuous improvement and regular networking between participants in the aforementioned programs, led us to begin sponsoring the AESE's "Continuity Sessions" in 2015. Shortly thereafter, we entered into a collaboration agreement and became one of the AESE's Sponsor Companies, contributing to the consolidation of its training mission and to the institution's future projects.Visitar Website