About Us

The Group’s pillars - Vision, Mission and Values.
 
Vision
To be recognized by consumers as a leading household name that satisfies consumers’ processed food requirements set around innovation and to ensure that we provide continued, efficient production of nothing but quality products.
 
Mission
• To offer healthy, quality foods that satisfy customer demands.
• To generate value for all interested parties.
• To maintain a work climate making it possible to meet goals and encourage the development of people.
• To encourage the healthy habit of eating fish.
 
Values
Our values reflect our actions and behaviour. They are the priorities we want to share and apply. We are committed to these values inside our factory and out.
 
Our values
Commitment
We take a hands-on attitude to our challenges, conducting our business ethically and responsibly.
Innovation
We stay a step ahead of ourselves by applying new ideas to meet and beat expectations.
Quality
We generate trust and reach excellence in everything we do.
People
We create value through teamwork and personal development.
 
The History - Calvo, a long Spanish family tradition.
 
 
In 1908, at the age of 11, Luis Calvo Sanz and his mother inherited the family business, a grocer’s shop in Carballo previously run by his father José Calvo Pérez. Bright-minded even if still only an adolescent, Luis Calvo Sanz soon realized the great potential in selling beans. At that time beans were the main currency used to purchase the oil and cod, wine and spices consumed by the locals and supplied by Luis Calvo. He therefore opened his own shop in the center of Carballo, hanging another sign over the French doors, reading “Hijo de J. Calvo” (Son of J. Calvo), his first registered name.
After many years of work in the grocer’s  shop, the family  decide to expand them activities, in those years of 1940 and 1941, Luis Calvo Sanz found himself stuck with a mini-factory and the obligation to get it up and working. He discussed the subject with his wife, Maruja, and they decided to travel to Vigo to meet and talk over their situation with the manufacturer, José Figueroa, from whose canning factory, Figueroa y Compañía, they often purchased provisions. 
In 1958, in Vigo, Luis Calvo attended the demonstration of a machine that a French company was pushing in the sector. It packed fish into tins using moulds. Or at least that’s what it was meant to do, because in fact it never worked. Luis, however, picked up on the idea and ended up developing his own version. Two days later he ordered a steel cylinder fitted with a hinge so that it could be opened into two halves. Once full of tuna fillets, a piston pushed the contents into the tin using a cog and pinion system whereby each cog canned a portion of perfect size. That year, using this procedure, Calvo was able to export to the United States 1,000 boxes containing 12 units weighing 2 kilos a piece.
 
 
Luis Calvo  would spend long periods in the canning shop studying the movements of a machine while it was inactive. That’s where he came up with his invention: a tuna canner, first of its kind in the industry. It could produce 36 tins of tuna a minute in 1958: a true revolution. His son, José Luis Calvo Pumpido, set out round Europe to sell the canning machine, explaining how it worked and how to prepare the fish for canning. In turn, his rounds of the factories taught him the ins, outs and tricks, techniques and organization of the industry.
They found a round tin for it and launched it on the market with this exclusive design. Until then tuna had only been sold in oval tins, at today 95% of the tins on the Spanish market are round.
 
 
The 70s
In the early seventies, the Carballo factory was producing 111,000 boxes. Luis Calvo was happy. He had quietly passed on his functions to his children and, certain of their ability, voluntarily withdrew into the background, from where he nevertheless continued to lend a helping hand when needed: his children asked him for it. The new factory opened by Calvo in 1976 in the countryside, occupying an area of 20 hectares, even had two football pitches and meant that they were able to increase production to 304,000 boxes the first year and 454,000 the next (1977). 
In 1978 José Luis landed in Parma. “I made my way round fairs, factories and markets”, which is where he came upon a machine that beer packaged in 3-packs. I wonder if we could use that on tins instead of bottles? Let’s try! And they did just that. José Luis returned with his discovery and at Carballo they started producing the 3-tin pack. Market response launched the brand to the head of the European tuna industry. Consumers instantly loved the 3-tin pack: purchasing more cost less and they were no trouble to store in the pantry. The Italian and Japanese markets immediately added the cardboard sleeve, and the whole world soon followed their example.
By now in 1978, while the success of the 3-pack continued, Manolo, third child of Jose Luis, thought: why not take yet another risk? Two bald actors, Juanjo Menéndez and Jesús Puente, started to act out a nonsensical play on words – claro, calvo, atún (a play on the double meanings of: yellowfin/obviously, bald/Calvo brand name, tuna) – which was an enormous advertising success. A month after the campaign was launched, 90% of the people consulted knew the Calvo brand name. The next year the factory was forced to up its production to 671,000 boxes.
 
The 80s
On the1985  the company pass the symbolic number of a million boxes. Luis Calvo wasn’t there to see it. He had died in 1980, at the age of 83. Manolo took on boats to directly fish the tuna they would later process. The first was the Montecelo, in 1979, with a capacity for 200 tons of fish, an amount they initially considered to be an exaggeration. Shortly afterwards they took on another boat, the Montefrisa. In 1986 the Esteiro-Muros factory was opened in Spain, and in 1988, with a local Venezuelan partner, Atorsa, in Guanta, Venezuela, 80 kilometres from Cumaná, first continental enclave to welcome Christopher Columbus.
Company growth in the 80s was marked by the group’s international expansion and the opening of new companies: one in in Esteiro, province of A Coruña (Spain), in 1986, and another in Guanta (Venezuela) in 1988.
 
 
The 90s
In the early 90s, the Grupo Calvo directed its footsteps towards Italy, where it purchased the Nostromo brand (1993), today the second biggest of its kind in the Italian market. This undertaking launched a company strategy focused on obtaining several strong brands of recognized prestige in their reference markets. Obeying its innovative tradition, the company introduced its marketing department for the hotel and catering business (hotels, restaurants, catering services, hospitals, etc.).
 
The new millennium
In the new millennium, Calvo sought to continue growing nationally, and above all internationally. Thus, in 2003, it opened its Calvo tuna plant in El Salvador to process more than 65,000 tons of fish a year and supply the Central American, Mexican and North American markets. A year later, in 2004, the company purchased Gomes da Costa, leader in the Brazilian canned fish segment, to strengthen its position in Latin America. This decision made Calvo into one of the five biggest canning companies in the world with three leading traditional brand names widely known in the market. In October 2006, Manuel Calvo García-Benavides, member of the family’s third generation, was named Managing Director of the Calvo Group. Under García-Benavides, the company established the strategic lines that have earned the group its present brand position: globally established and a benchmark in the food sector with a selection of products and specialties that continues to grow by the day.
 
The vertical integration - An excellence from the Ocean to the table.
 
A perfect vertical integration can assure to the consumer the best quality and safety product from the moment of the fishing to the moment of the canning, this vertical integration is based on three main pillars:
 
Fleet
 
GrupoCalvo’s fleet comprises 6 purse seiner vessels, 2 merchant ships and 1 support vessel.
The purse seine vessels Montecelo, Montelape, Montealegre, Montelucía, Montefrisa-9 and Monterocío  run their operations catching tropical species (in no case red tuna) in international tropical waters and coastal countries along the Eastern Atlantic Ocean (Angola, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon, Sao Tomé and Principe and Sierra Leona), Eastern Pacific Ocean (El Salvador and Perú) and Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Kiribati, Tokelau and Tuvalu).
Once our vessels leave port and in order to locate the schools of fish they are pursuing, they use different techniques ranging from the use of binoculars to satellite electronic detection equipment. Our fishing method is the purse seine that takes advantage of the natural tendency of tuna to gather in schools.
Grupo Calvo is a pioneering company on the application of measures favoring a more sustainable fishing and also on establishing our own tuna fishing sustainability policy. We exert ourselves to comply with the best fishing practices and guarantee a thorough sanitary control on board. In addition to this, Grupo Calvo adheres to the International Dolphin Conservation Program (IDCP) and participates as a company approved by the Earth Island Institute.
 
Transformation
Trough Calvo group plants located in Esteiro and Carballo (Spain) start the supply to all the partner and consumer respecting the BRC and IFS standard, the most rigorous and highest  international standard on the food processing industry. 
 
The flow of production follow those lines:
Tuna and Sardines:
 
 
Canning: 
 
 
Commercialization
The products brought to the market by the Calvo Group and its 70 years of experience seek to satisfy the needs demanded of the food market by today’s consumers. We offer a wide range of products in practical, easy-to-use tins to make our products more functional while maintaining all of their nutritional properties.
Our three major brands, Calvo, Nostromo and Gomes da Costa are all leaders in their markets (Spain, Italy and Brazil). Their products can be found in more than 70 countries and are consumed by more than 500 million people around the world. The Calvo Group presently has 800 active references on its product portfolio.
Today, the unique attributes and positioning of each of our trademarks permits the Calvo Group to offer consumers a complete range of products. The menu we offer does not only feature products from the sea like tuna, sardines, mussels, frozen foods and tinned squid, but also salads, read-meals, pâtés, stuffings, hamburgers, pizzas and other specialities created by the Calvo Group in its Research and Development area to provide the market with a wide range of products designed with the health of their consumers in mind.
Our efforts are also directed at the hotel and catering sector. That’s why we were the first to introduce flexible bags, first of all for tuna and other processed sea products, and later for our ready meals.
The Calvo Group works to satisfy existing needs and to stay a step ahead of new demands, always offering the best quality to ensure healthy eating and living.
 
 
 

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Spain

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