Sovena Feeding Futures


We are in good company

We move forward when we focus on partners, not competitors. Ethics, experience and commitment have been the ingredients for relationships that have borne fruit for over a century. We left Portugal with the help of the olive oil that brought us to the rest of the world. And when we arrived, we did not stop there. We sowed relationships and partnerships that grew with us and we uncovered new paths for food. With our long-standing partners, but also with new companies, we have brought our products to millions of people and dining rooms.


ACOR is a Spanish cooperative founded in 1962, which brings together more than 4,000 agricultural members, and which currently has a presence in the sectors of production and marketing of sugar, edible oils and different products for animal feed (pulp, enriched molasses, rapeseed and sunflower meal).

At Sovena we assume a unique and essential commitment: to support, develop and contribute to the sustainable future of sunflowers in the world. That is why we formed a joint venture with ACOR in Spain, and that is why we became market leaders through AGROPRO, focused on the purchase of seeds and the marketing of bulk oils.

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Our commitment to innovation is reflected in our partners: the Institute of Experimental Biology and Technology (IBET) is Portugal's largest non-profit organisation in the field of biotechnology research. Its role is essential in helping us to secure the development of pilot projects in the agro-industrial area and to transfer technologies and processes to the industry itself. We work together in the area of nutritional and sensory quality, food stability, authenticity and functionality, and food safety. We work together to differentiate, innovate and certify our products and processes internationally.

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Soho SpA is one of the most important companies in the Chilean olive oil sector, with a direct and indirect share of around 40%. Its shareholder structure is familiar, with its own olive plantations, producing high quality olive oil, being a well-established company in the Chilean market and exporting to Brazil, USA and Germany.

In 2020, Sovena entered the Chilean market in partnership with Soho as part of our international expansion strategy, especially in Latin America and the USA.

Soho and Sovena share the same vision and strategy, as both are present throughout the value chain and sell their own brands.

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This is one of the partners that has accompanied us in the most adventures: from the import and distribution of Andorinha olive oil in Brazil to Ideal olive oil in Russia. In Spain, it is our factories that package their Delícia olive oil.

The Biodiesel project in Portugal was developed in partnership with Diester, a Bunge Group company, which helps us with its cutting-edge knowledge.

In Portugal, we also refine and extract soya oil for Bunge.

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This Portuguese group, present in 17 countries, specializes in the production of rigid plastic packaging for the food and drink, hygiene, oils and lubricants sectors. It is a pioneer in implementing integrated packaging at its customers' factories. Its good prospects for growth and ongoing commitment to innovation set it on a common path with our Group. We, therefore, have several operations in partnership with Sovena Portugal, Sovena Spain and Sovena USA, through Sulpet, Brenpack and Oliveplaste respectively.

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AESE is the first Business School in Portugal and was founded in 1980 by the Advanced Business Studies Association (AESE), which established it in the image of the IESE Business School (the University of Navarra's postgraduate school of management) to offer executives management tools and techniques, as well as values centred on ethics and humanism, allowing them to continuously improve on a personal and professional level.

Over the years, we have developed and consolidated a partnership with the AESE in this area of executive training, enabling many of our employees to strengthen their management and leadership capacities, among other skills that are critical to the business. Training has been assured through participation in Executive MBA programmes and Executive Programmes such as PADE, PDE and GAIN.

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