History

We are leaders in beef exports in South America and we also operate in the processed segment, selling our products to more than 100 countries.

The Company’s history is based on solid, disciplined, coherent and experienced management, which seeks to operate in the most profitable markets through the use of risk management instruments.

Minerva Foods invests daily in the modernization of its industrial units, carries out strategic acquisitions, maintains a broad and personalized portfolio of quality products, and has an integrated and efficient distribution logistics.

Through our 27 industrial units and 3 processing units, the Company offers healthy and nutritious products, which are sold to customers around the world through its 14 distribution centers and 11 international offices.

Purpose

Commitment to the sustainable future of the planet’s food supply.

Values

Results Orientation, Commitment, Sustainability, Innovation and Recognition.

Timeline

Scroll the page and check out some of the key milestones in our history.

1957

Vilela de Queiroz Family starts the activities of cattle raising and provision of logistics services, with the transport of animals from the farms to the slaughterhouses.

1992

“Frigorífico Minerva do Brasil S/A” is acquired by Vilela de Queiroz Family, becoming our 1st industrial unit, located in the city of Barretos – SP, in Brazil (where our headquarters are currently located).

1992

“Frigorífico Minerva do Brasil S/A” is acquired by Vilela de Queiroz Family, becoming our 1st industrial unit, located in the city of Barretos – SP, in Brazil (where our headquarters are currently located).

1999

The lease and acquisition of an industrial unit are carried out in the city of José Bonifácio – SP, in Brazil.

2003

We began live cattle export operations in the state of Pará, in Brazil, starting Minerva Foods’ first related business, Minerva Live Cattle Exports.

2004

We opened a new industrial unit in the city of Palmeiras de Goiás – GO, in Brazil, until then, one of the most modern beef processing facilities in Latin America.

2006

A lease agreement is signed for an industrial unit in the city of Batayporã – MS, in Brazil.

2007

The year is marked by our initial public offering (IPO) and we begin to be listed in the Brazilian Stock Exchange.

In April, we also acquired the industrial unit in Araguaína – TO, in Brazil.

Minerva Beef Shop is inaugurated, a model store focused on retail, located in the city of Barretos – SP, in Brazil.

2007

The year is marked by our initial public offering (IPO) and we begin to be listed in the Brazilian Stock Exchange.

In April, we also acquired the industrial unit in Araguaína – TO, in Brazil.

Minerva Beef Shop is inaugurated, a model store focused on retail, located in the city of Barretos – SP, in Brazil.

2008

In February, we acquired an industrial unit in the city of Goianésia – GO, in Brazil, the former meatpacking plant Lord Meat.

In August, overcoming the global economic crisis, we acquired our first unit outside Brazil, reaching the city of Asunción, in Paraguay, to take control of the former Friasa S.A.

2009

In March we opened our 1st processing unit, Minerva Dwan Farms, a joint venture of Minerva S.A. and the Irish Company, Dawn Farms Foods.

We began operating Other two distribution centers in Brazil: one in Viana – ES and another one in Itajaí – SC. We also began the operations in the industrial unit located in Rolim de Moura – RO, Brazil.

In the same year, Minerva Biodiesel was created, a related business of Minerva Foods, focused on the production of a renewable source of energy with the social seal of biofuel from beef tallow.

2010

Start of activities in two distribution centers in Brazil: one in Brasília – DF and the other in Araraquara – SP

In May, we started operations at the industrial unit in Campina Verde – MG, Brazil.

We also expanded our offices in South America, arriving in Chile, and in Europe, starting activities in Italy.

2010

Start of activities in two distribution centers in Brazil: one in Brasília – DF and the other in Araraquara – SP

In May, we started operations at the industrial unit in Campina Verde – MG, Brazil

We also expanded our offices in South America, arriving in Chile, and in Europe, starting activities in Italy.

2011

Inauguration of Minerva Leather, the Company’s leather division, in Barretos – SP, Brazil.

We acquired the 1st unit in Uruguay, Frigorífico Pul, located in the city of Melo.

We also started the activities of the Distribution Center in Belo Horizonte – MG, in Brazil.

2012

In 2012, we started using the brand, Minerva Foods.

We acquired another industrial unit in Paraguay, the former meatpacking plant  Frigomerc.

2013

We expanded our Distribution Centers in Brazil, with openings in the city of Uberlândia – MG and Fortaleza – CE.

In addition, we now have full control of the processing unit, Minerva Dawn Farms, which receives the name of Minerva Fine Foods.

In November, we started an acquisition agreement of two more industrial units, as a strategic move to expand our activities in the state of Mato Grosso, in Brazil, reaching the cities of Várzea Grande and Mirassol D’Oeste.

We also expanded beyond the Atlantic, starting activities of our offices in Lebanon and Algeria.

2014

We acquired another industrial unit in Brazil, located in Janaúba – MG and another in Uruguay, Frigorífico Carrasco, located in the city of Montevideo.

We started operations at industrial units located in the cities of Várzea Grande and Mirassol D’Oeste, both in the state of Mato Grosso, in Brazil.

With the objective of adding value to cattle by-products, Minerva Casings was created, focused on the production and commercialization of natural casings intended for the manufacture of sausages for the most demanding markets in the world.

We started some operations in the United States and also opened an office in China.

2014

We acquired another industrial unit in Brazil, located in Janaúba – MG and another in Uruguay, Frigorífico Carrasco, located in the city of Montevideo.

We started operations at industrial units located in the cities of Várzea Grande and Mirassol D’Oeste, both in the state of Mato Grosso, in Brazil.

With the objective of adding value to cattle by-products, Minerva Casings was created, focused on the production and commercialization of natural casings intended for the manufacture of sausages for the most demanding markets in the world.

We started some operations in the United States and also opened an office in China.

2015

We purchased Frigorífico Red Cárnica S.A.S., located in Montería, in Colombia, as well as 100% of the shares of Red Industrial Colombiana S.A.S.

We signed a lease agreement for another industrial unit located in Asunción, in Paraguay, Frigorífico Expacar, which years later is returned and replaced by an industrial unit owned by Minerva Foods.

2015

We purchased Frigorífico Red Cárnica S.A.S., located in Montería, in Colombia, as well as 100% of the shares of Red Industrial Colombiana S.A.S.

We signed a lease agreement for another industrial unit located in Asunción, in Paraguay, Frigorífico Expacar, which years later is returned and replaced by an industrial unit owned by Minerva Foods.

2016

We opened two new Distribution Centers in South America: one in the city of Santiago in Chile, and another in Bogotá, in Colombia.

We also acquired two trading companies: IMTP, in Australia (which later took on the name Minerva Foods Asia) and Intermeat – Assessoria e Comércio Ltda., from Barueri – SP, in Brazil.

2016

We opened two new Distribution Centers in South America: one in the city of Santiago in Chile, and another in Bogotá, in Colombia.

We also acquired two trading companies: IMTP, in Australia (which later took on the name Minerva Foods Asia) and Intermeat – Assessoria e Comércio Ltda., from Barueri – SP, in Brazil.


2016

We created two businesses related to Minerva Foods: Minerva Energia, which works with solutions for the Brazilian electricity market, and Minerva Ingredients, responsible for the production and sale of ingredients, such as tallow, meat and bone meal and bovine blood, in addition to bones for pet food.

2017

Based on our strategy of geographic diversification, we expanded activities in South America, acquiring nine more industrial units, three in Paraguay, one in Uruguay and five in Argentina, where we also acquired two processing units and a Distribution Center.

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean, we created Minerva Foods Europe in England and opened a new office in Singapore.

In Paraguay, we won for the 1st time the “Empleador del Año” (Employer of the Year) award (an award that has been repeated for five more consecutive years).

2017

We completed 10 years as a publicly traded company listed on the São Paulo Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores, Mercadorias e Futuros de São Paulo – BM&FBovespa) and won the 2016 Agribusiness Company of the Year, by the yearbook “Best & Biggest”, of the magazine EXAME.

We received the award from the magazine “Prensa Económica”, which elected our operations in Argentina as the beef industry that exported the most in 2017.

2018

Year of internationalization of our operations with the creation of Athena Foods, a Chilean company 100% controlled by Minerva Foods, comprising operations in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay.

We also inaugurated the company’s new buildings in Barretos – SP, and the headquarters was renamed Centro Corporativo Antonio Vilela de Queiroz (Antonio Vilela de Queiroz Corporate Center), in honor of one of the founding partners.

2018

Year of internationalization of our operations with the creation of Athena Foods, a Chilean company 100% controlled by Minerva Foods, comprising operations in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay.

We also inaugurated the company’s new buildings in Barretos – SP, and the headquarters was renamed Centro Corporativo Antonio Vilela de Queiroz (Antonio Vilela de Queiroz Corporate Center), in honor of one of the founding partners.

2019

Minerva Foods enters into an asset exchange agreement, in which it takes over the industrial unit in Paranatinga and, in return, ceases to operate in the industrial unit in Várzea Grande, both in the state of Mato Grosso, in Brazil.

We signed a memorandum to form a joint venture in China and became the first Brazilian company to operate in beef distribution in the country.

In Paraguay, we won the Prêmio de Exportador del Año (Exporter of the Year Award), being recognized as one of the largest exporters in the beef category.

2020

The activities of the office in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, begin.

In May 2020, Minerva Foods is selected to integrate Ibovespa’s new theoretical portfolio.

Jul 2020

In July, an Innovation department is created to work directly on three initiatives: Advanced Data Analytics, E-commerce, Marketplace and Venture Capital (CVC).

In August, the industrial unit in Bucaramanga, in Santander department,  Colombia, starts its operations.

Out 2020

With CVC, in October, we invested in Startup Clara Foods, based in San Francisco, USA.

Jul 2020

Em julho é criada uma área de Inovação para atuar diretamente em três iniciativas: Análise Avançada de Dados, E-commerce, Marketplace e Venture Capital (CVC).

Em agosto a unidade industrial de Bucaramanga, na cidade de Santander, Colômbia passa a funcionar.

Out 2020

With CVC, in October, we invested in Startup Clara Foods, based in San Francisco, USA.

Dez 2020

In December 2020 we became part of the ISE, B3’s Corporate Sustainability Index.

Jan 2021

In January, the B2B on-line sales platform, Meu Minerva, is officially launched.

Jan 2021

We also joined the new 2020/2021 portfolio of the B3 Efficient Carbon Index (ICO2 B3), demonstrating our commitment to emissions transparency and preparation for a low carbon economy.

Mar 2021

In March, new venture capital initiatives began with investments in the e-commerce platform, Shoppe, with  focus on B2C sales.

In the same year, we invest in the agricultural fintech Traive, which works in the development of credit models for the agricultural sector, to facilitate rural producers’ access to financial products.

Months later, a joint venture with Amyris is signed, with the aim of developing molecules for the sustainable production and distribution of animal protein around the world.

Abr 2021

In April, Minerva Foods’ goals and commitments with sustainability until the year 2035 are announced.

Jun 2021

In June, we were the first Brazilian company to receive, globally, the Renewable Energy Seal, issued by the Totum Institute, in partnership with the Brazilian Wind Energy Association (ABEEólica) and the Brazilian Clean Energy Association (Abragel), for all its units in Brazil.

Ago 2021

In August we acquired two industrial units focused on sheep production in the cities of Tammin and Esperance, in Australia, through a joint venture with Salic.

Continuing with expansion movements, in August, the joint venture with Greenland is approved to explore meat import and distribution in China.

Out 2021

In October, the SMGeo Prospec application is launched, developed by Niceplanet Geotecnologia, which allows rural producers throughout Brazil to carry out detailed geospatial surveys, with the objective of monitoring the supplier chain.

In October, In Paraguay, we won the Prêmio de Exportador del Año 2021 (2021 Exporter of the Year Award), being recognized as one of the largest exporters in the beef category.

Out 2021

In October, the SMGeo Prospec application is launched, developed by Niceplanet Geotecnologia, which allows rural producers throughout Brazil to carry out detailed geospatial surveys, with the objective of monitoring the supplier chain.

In October, In Paraguay, we won the Prêmio de Exportador del Año 2021 (2021 Exporter of the Year Award), being recognized as one of the largest exporters in the beef category.

Dez 2021

In December, we were the only company in the beef sector selected to compose the B3 Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE B3), for the second consecutive year.

Dez 2021

In December, in Colombia we won the “Premio Portafolio 2021” (2021 Portfolio Award), in the “Esfuerzo Exportador” (Exporter Effort) category.

Dez 2021

In December, the rebranding of the brand Minerva Foods takes place, together with the unification of the brands, Athena Foods and Minerva Foods. A new brand manifesto is launched, bringing the message of being one single culture, one single company, one single team.

Dez 2021

In December, the rebranding of the brand Minerva Foods takes place, together with the unification of the brands, Athena Foods and Minerva Foods. A new brand manifesto is launched, bringing the message of being one single culture, one single company, one single team.

2022

In April, we completed 30 years of history and we remain committed to the sustainable future of the planet’s food supply…