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Our History

Arcor Group’s History

1951
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1951

Arcor was born on July 5.

1958

The Company reaches a daily production of 60 thousand kilograms of candies.

1959

It starts to be its own provider of strategic supplies.

1964

It closes its first export deals.

1970

• It opens up a plant in Tucumán, Argentina.
• Starts to participate in the ISM Confectionery Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany.

1972

It opens up a food plant in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina.

1975

It opens up a cookies and crackers plant in Villa del Totoral, Córdoba, Argentina.

1976

It sets up commercial offices in Paraguay.

1978

It opens up a food plant in San Pedro, Buenos Aires (Argentina).

1979

• It sets up commercial offices in Uruguay.
• It opens up a plant for the conversion of flex containers in Villa del Totoral, Córdoba, Argentina.

1980

Cartocor S.A. is created. A corrugated cardboard plant is opened up in Paraná, Entre Ríos, Argentina.

1981

It sets up in San Pablo, Brazil by incorporating the candy company Nechar.

1989

It sets up in Santiago de Chile by incorporating Alimentos Indal.

1990

It begins its commercial activities in Bolivia.

1991

Arcor Foundation is born. It is the expression of the Group's social responsibility.

1993

• Accountant Luis A. Pagani assumes Arcor Group's presidency.
• Arcor acquires the Argentine chocolate company Águila Saint.
• It sets up commercial offices in the United States.

1994

• It opens up a model plant of chocolates in Colonia Caroya, Córdoba, Argentina.
• It sets up the sugar mill La Providencia in Tucumán, Argentina.

1995

It sets up a model cookie plant in Salto, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1996

It opens up a candy factory in Chancay, Peru.

1997

• It opens up its third corrugated cardboard plant in Luján, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• It acquires LIA, a well-known cookie company in Argentina.
• It creates the Arcor Museum in Arroyito, Córdoba, Argentina.

1998

• It acquires Dos en Uno, leading Chilean confectionery and chocolate company.
• It consolidates itself as the first world-level producer of candies.
• It opens up commercial offices in Ecuador.

1999

• It opens up a chocolate plant in Bragança Paulista, Brazil.
• It renews its visual identity.

2000

• Luis A. Pagani, Arcor Group's President, is the first Latin American businessperson to enter the Candy Hall of Fame, in NCSA.
• It sets up new commercial offices in Mexico and Colombia.
• It opens up a new Distribution Center in Chile.

2001

• 50° Anniversary of Arcor Group.
• It opens up commercial offices in Canada.
• Luis Pagani is the first non-U.S. businessman to be nominated for a Kettle Award, granted by the Candy Industry Magazine.
• It enters into a productive Agreement with Brach’s, a leading U.S. company.
• It acquires Nestlé’s Brazilian brands Kid's, Poosh, Amor, Pirapito and 7 Belo.

2002

• It opens up commercial offices in Barcelona, Spain.
• It enters into a productive and commercial agreement with Nestlé Argentina S.A.

2003

• Cartocor S.A. receives a Total Productive Maintenance Award in Japan.
• Arcor do Brazil launches the Tamar-Ibama project, one of the most significant environmental and scientific projects at the present time.
• Arcor Group is designated one of the 50 strategic Wal-Mart suppliers at world-level, and it is recognized as the best provider in Argentina.

2004

• It opens up its third Converflex plant in Luján, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• It creates the Arcor Brazil Institute.

2005

• As a result of the association with Danone Group, Bagley Latinoamérica S.A. is born. It is the biggest cookie company in South America.
• Arcor enters the ice cream business in Argentina and then the expansion stage to other countries in the region starts.

2006

• In 2006, it incorporated Benvenuto S.A.C.I. company, a leader in food products in the Argentine market, with traditional brands such as La Campagnola, Nereida, BC, Salsati, among others.
• Settled with commercial offices in South Africa.
• It made an alliance in Mexico with Bimbo Group to manufacture confectionery and chocolates in Mexico in order to supply the Mexican market and other parts of the world.

2007

• It opens up a new plant in Chile.
• It opens up a new plant in Pernambuco, Brazil.
• It sets up commercial offices in China.

2009

By mid-2009, Arcor renews its visual identity and creates 'Arcorito', a corporate character that accompanies the new slogan 'Alimentando Momentos Mágicos' (Nourishing Magical Moments).

2010

Arcor establishes a strategic alliance with Coca-Cola for cobranding and joint development of new products.

2011

Arcor launches Arcor and BC powder-mix beverages into the market. This major bet of the Company placed it among the leaders in the category. It also celebrates 60 years in producing food with the highest quality standards for consumers around the world.

2012

• Fort the first time, Arcor competes in a growing market. It launches ARCOR Cereals.
• La Campagnola, the traditional Argentine brand and member of Arcor Group, blows its first 100 candles.
• Arcor Foundation celebrates 20 years of commitment with children for a greater future for all.
• Cartocor, Arcor Group’s manufacturer of corrugated cardboard containers celebrates 30 years of leadership and sustained growth.

2014

Bagley launches to the market the new line of Saladix snacks in the Potato Chips, Extruded Corn Snacks and Sticks segments.

2015

• It opens up the Bicentenario Plant in Santiago de Chile, engaged in producing dragées, chewing gums and chocolates.
• Association with Mastellone, the leading Argentine company with over 85 years of history in manufacturing and selling dairy products.

2017

In 2017, Arcor Group acquires 100% of Zucamor S.A., one of the main companies in producing paper and cardboard in Argentina. Following this acquisition, the packaging business strengthens its positioning in the production of corrugated cardboard boxes and virgin fiber papers (Kraft Linerboard and Sack Kraft), and becomes one of the major producers of recycled paper in Argentina and South America.

2018

An alliance with Laboratorios Bagó to combine the world of health and food by creating Simple, a line of dietary supplements.

2019

Together with Coca-Cola, Kamay Ventures is created, the first Argentine Capital Fund designed to finance and advise start-ups with innovative projects.

The Five Stages of Arcor

  • A candy factory.

  • A multi-product company.

  • Early regional projection.

  • The consolidation of its multinational character.

  • The global enterprise.

1951

Arcor was born as the materialization of the dream of a group of young entrepreneurs led by Fulvio Salvador Pagani. The dream was to offer consumers around the world quality products at a fair price. This dream started to become true on July 5, 1951 with the opening of a candy factory in Arroyito, a small town in inner Argentina located in the province of Córdoba.

With great effort and dedication the dream started to grow. Arcor thus became an industrial group by involving itself in different activities that would allow it to be its own provider of strategic supplies, so as to achieve the goal of best quality at best price.

1970

With a sustained growth, Arcor started to develop new product markets with the purpose of broadening and diversifying its range of products offered. To that end, it integrated the chocolate, cookies & crackers and food business to its production.

Furthermore, it designed a retail distribution model that evolved and grew with the Company. This system, nowadays considered a world-class system, allowed the Group the widest national reach, and it is currently being replicated by other countries in the region.

By the end of this stage, Arcor started its transition into an economic group with an international projection.

The Company initiated its export activities with the idea of exploring new geographical destinations outside its country of origin.

1980

Ever since its creation, Arcor was conceived with the dream of taking its products to consumers of different markets around the globe. This early international projection allowed Arcor Group to appreciate the value of a Latin American integration and the potential development of a common market.

That is how, under a very strong export policy, the Company placed itself at an avant-garde position, and it continued its internationalization process by establishing commercial offices in Paraguay (1976) and Uruguay (1979). One year later, in 1980, Arcor initiated the expansion of its production by acquiring Nechar S.A., a small candy factory located in Rio das Pedras, in San Pablo, Brazil. That same decade, in 1989, it initiated its productive activities in Chile by acquiring Alimentos Indal S.A.

At the same time, Arcor begins to create its first brands with the purpose to differentiate itself even more. That is how the Bon o Bon brand is born, an international development paradigm. Arcor thus reinforces its strategic decision to place itself as a food company specialized in confectionery, with an international projection.

1990

Arcor Group continued evolving towards the dream that gave rise to the Company; it continued consolidating its multinational character by setting up commercial offices in different countries in America: The United Stated (1993), Peru (1996), Colombia (1998), Ecuador (1998) and Mexico (2000).

Furthermore, by means of a continuous reinvestment policy, the Company increased the number of its productive units by acquiring and constructing different industrial plants in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru.

Since 1993, Luis A. Pagani, Fulvio's eldest son, has taken over the Company's management, with great leadership vocation.

Under this new administration, Arcor greatly evolves in the different areas of the Company, thus reinforcing the quality, innovation, professionalism, integration, commitment, ethics and competitiveness that have distinguished it since its inception.

In order to reaffirm its strategic decision to place itself amongst the main companies at the international level, Arcor kept strengthening the development of its retail distribution model and, at the same time, it leveraged its export program.

2000

In this fifth stage, in line with its international expansion policy, Arcor set up commercial offices in Spain (2002), Bolivia (2004) and China (2007).
It also continued its productive internationalization with the opening of new industrial plants in several parts of the world, currently reaching more than 40 industrial plants in Latin America and more than 120 countries with its products.

In this sense, as part of its growth strategy, Arcor developed significant alliances and acquisitions that allowed the company to continue evolving.

By the end of 2005, Arcor acquired Benvenuto S.A.C.I. a traditional leading company of food products in the Argentine market, with its leading brands such as La Campagnola, Nereida, BC, Salsati, among others.

A major milestone at this stage is the association between Arcor Group and the French Danone Group (2005), whereby they unified their cookies and crackers, alfajores and cereal bars businesses in Argentina, Brazil and Chile, thus giving birth to the greatest cookies company in South America called Bagley Latinoamérica S.A.

In 2007, in association with Bimbo Group, Mundo Dulce was created with the opening of a plant in Toluca (Mexico) in order to produce confectionery and chocolates for the Mexican and export market.

In 2010, Arcor established a strategic alliance with Coca-Cola for cobranding and joint development of new products with novel combinations. In turn, this alliance resulted in the creation of Kamay Ventures in 2019, the first Argentine capital fund open to new opportunities and talents.

Subsequently, in 2015, Arcor celebrated a historic agreement with Bagley, acquiring 43% of the shares of Mastellone Hermanos, the leading Argentine company with over 85 years of history in manufacturing and selling dairy products. In 2017 Arcor Group acquires 100% of Zucamor, a company specialized in producing paper and cardboard, with seven industrial plants in Argentina. Because of this new structure, Arcor Group’s Packaging division stands out as one of the major Packaging solutions companies in the Southern Cone.

Likewise, the recent alliance with Laboratorios Bagó (2018), enabled the merging of both companies to develop Simple, a line of dietary supplements.

In June, 2018, following Arcor Group’s international outlook, an agreement was celebrated with Webcor Group, one of the largest food distribution companies in Angola, to set up an industrial candy and biscuit plant in that country.

With all these new acquisitions and strategic alliances, Arcor strengthens as a group with 3 business divisions: Food for mass consumption, Agribusiness and Packaging.

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