This Portuguese company was founded in Ponta Delgada, Azores, on 22 August 1913 with the aim of bringing together local pineapple producers and export it to Europe in its own ships. In the 20's, it was already responsible for 50% of the fruit production on S. Miguel Island and so it founded a shipping company with regular trips to Northern Europe countries.
During the World War II and the inherent difficulties to export, the company diversified its production, manufacturing fruit jams and canned fish. It bought a fishing fleet and a tuna factory. By that time, it already exported to the USA, Canada and Italy. After the war, it exclusively produced canned food. With an annual production of around 2 thousand tons of fish, besides supplying the national market (Azores and mainland Portugal), the company exports a large part of its production to those countries. Today, the factory with mainly hand-made production employs an average of 70 people. In times production increases – which depends on the fish caught – the company has a workforce of more than 100 people.
Canned tuna is made with various species of tuna. The tuna is preserved in a hermetically sealed package with salt, water, oil or olive oil, free from preservatives, colourings, emulsifiers or any other additives.
Due to the small quantities on the market, tuna fillets are a rare food product of exceptional quality. Tuna fillets are whole tuna steaks that must go through refrigeration processes and individualized treatment in order to keep their form. They are manually put in cans or glass jars.
The company produces several types of tuna fillets, including tuna fillets in refined olive oil, in water, in tomato, in spicy sauce, in virgin olive oil and salt, in organic olive oil and "sangacho", which is the dark tuna meat, i.e., the black part of tuna fish. These products are currently sold in supermarkets at national and international levels. The cooperative is keen to establish long-term distribution sevice agreements with companies from the EU and non-EU countries in order to expand its business abroad.