In 1961, the two biggest and most prestigious canning companies from the Algarve, Centeno Cumbrera & Co and Raul Folque & Filhos both with head offices in Vila Real de Santo António, promoted a merging process which would culminate in the constitution of the main Portuguese Canning Group, which was registered under the name of COFACO. In the beginning of that decade, due to a scarcity of tuna in the Algarve sea, the canning activity was displaced to the Azores archipelago, a privileged tuna ecosystem, where the species passes during its migrating routes through the oceans.
The proximity of fishing ports to the units of Madalena (Pico) and Rabo de Peixe (S. Miguel), allows the work to be done while the fish is fresh, applying to the canning our own organoleptic characteristics of excellent quality, recognized by connoisseurs throughout the world. Between these two industrial poles, 530 people work on roughly 15 thousand tons of tuna, with the canning activity and tuna fishing playing an important role in the economic growth of the Azores. Today, the company has a leading position upon the national fish canning market (tuna, sardines, mackerel and specialties) with a market share of over 30% and popular brands such as Bom Petisco, Tenório, Líder, Pitéu, Risonho, Catita, Zarco and Bom Amigo.
The company’s priority in offering maximum quality products is also internationally acknowledged: over 40% of the sales are meant for exportation, with a global presence in more than 30 countries all over the world. The histories and revered brands of Bon Appetit, SantaMaria and Giestal complete the rest of the COFACO AZORES’ portfolio.