The story of Costa Food Group is tied to the setting up of Piensos Costa in Fraga (Huesca) in 1966. The business began its activities by buying and selling grain; since then, it has applied models of integration, expansion and growth that have allowed it to strengthen its position as a leader in the domestic and European agribusiness sector.
Today, Costa Business Group, which includes the meat-producing holding Costa Food Group, operates in 107 countries and has an annual turnover of €800 million.
Costa Food Group is committed to products that are natural from the source, obtained through the group’s process of vertical integration (controlled circular process), which begins with the control of the pigs’ feed, the raising of the livestock and the guarantee of food safety across all stages of the process: birth and raising (Piensos Costa), meatpacking (Costa Food Meat), and the transformation and preparation of charcuterie products (Casademont and Villar). Controlling the entire process provides total traceability along the entire value chain, giving it transparency.
1966 – 1977 First steps
The company’s business trajectory began with Piensos Costa, initially defined by the buying and selling of grain and animal feed.
1977 – 1982Integration of livestock
The creation of an innovative, distinctive and unique business model came with the first forays into integrating pig farming. At that time, Piensos Costa began to provide farmers with a coverage of services that produced notable improvements in genetics, as well as reductions in animal mortality and illnesses. A commitment to welfare continues to be very present at the company today, and respect for the environment and animal welfare is a top priority.
1982 – 2000 Expansion and growth model
In the last decades of the 20th century, the group continued to develop the livestock integration model. It also built and acquired its own installations for the production, raising and fattening of suckling pigs.
2000 – 2015 Group consolidation
As the 21st century began, the group consolidated its place as the second-largest pig producer in Spain with four feed factories and more than 600 associated farms in Aragon, Catalonia, Navarre, and Castile-Leon.
2016 – 2017 Integrated circular process
In September 2016, as part of its commitment to developing an integrated circular process, the group acquired Costa Food Meat that is responsible for pork meatpacking. In mid-2017, it acquired Casademont; this company represents the final step of the process, with the transformation, production and sale of traditional Mediterranean charcuterie products.