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  • Animal feed
    Animal feed
    In Vall Companys we produce the feed that our animals eat, following strict quality policies.
    Controlled reproduction
    Controlled reproduction
    We control the reproduction of our pigs and monitor everything, including genetics, to maintain the qualities and quality of the product.
    Pastures
    Pastures
    Our Iberian acorn-fed ham comes from pigs reared in the mountains, drawing the best from these pastures for a unique product.
    Poultry processing
    Poultry processing
    The Group's poultry abattoirs and processing plants have high levels of food safety and are prepared to offer special cuts according to the needs of the client.
    Healthy Company
    Healthy Company
    We promote good habits. The Healthy Company initiative aims to improve the quality of life of our teams.
    Animal welfare
    Animal welfare
    We follow the strictest animal welfare policies in all our processes, both in breeding and slaughter.
  • Associated farms
    Associated farms
    Some 2,100 farms around Spain, located close to production centres, work exclusively to rear our animals.
    Multiple meat group
    Multiple meat group
    We produce pork, poultry and beef, fresh, frozen, cured and processed.
    Vall Companys Group, Top Employer 2021
    Vall Companys Group, Top Employer 2021
    Leadership, flexibility, development and commitment. The keys to being recognized as a benchmark for professional well-being.
    Our background
    Our background
    The Vall Companys Group was founded 60 years ago as a flour manufacturer, and is today one of the leading agri-food leaders in Europe.
    Sustainability
    Sustainability
    We optimise our value chain to continue minimising its environmental impact, reinforcing our commitment to sustainability.
    Employment
    Employment
    We contribute to the development of rural areas in Spain by creating valuable employment.
  • Poultry industry
    Poultry industry
    Each year, we produce 65 million chickens, which generate around 150,000 tonnes of quality meat, as well as other poultry varieties such as turkey.
    Cured ham
    Cured ham
    The range of hams and shoulders covers all levels, from white pig and Duroc to the Iberian in its diverse varieties.
    Integrated logistics
    Integrated logistics
    Logistics in the Group, which are also integrated, ensure a high level of safety in the transport and storage of food.
    Bread flours
    Bread flours
    The Group's flour division produces bread flours and special flours in its four mills, as well as customized products in its pilot laboratory in Lleida.
    Pork industry
    Pork industry
    Each year, we produce over 300,000 tonnes of pork from white, Duroc and Iberian pigs, and export to the whole world.
    Drying sheds
    Drying sheds
    We have our own drying sheds for all the ranges of ham, certified for the most demanding markets.

We are committed to bear the enormous responsibility of ensuring a proper food supply during such an exceptional moment we are living.

At Vall Companys Group, we keep working and strictly following the advice made by Spanish authorities regarding safety.

We would like to thank all our teams for their great job and to extend our gratitude to Spanish health professionals. Thank you very much.

Covid

VALL COMPANYS GROUP: MAXIMUM QUALITY FROM THE SOURCE

Vall Companys is a leading Spanish family-owned agri-food group founded in 1956.

The Vall Companys Group operational model is based on the integration of all stages of the production process, and the work of dedicated professionals who are highly trained in their respective fields.

Also worth mentioning is the introduction of latest-generation information systems in all mechanical areas, which link and automate the group's various production plants.

Thanks to all this, we are able to guarantee total traceability in all processes, as well as high levels of food safety and constant optimal quality of the product.

MAIN DATA

Turnover
Turnover
2,188
Millions €
Pig Production
Pig Production
5
Millions
Chicken Production
Chicken Production
83
Millions
Associated Farms
Associated Farms
2,100
Pork Production
Pork Production
413
Thousand tons
Poultry Production
Poultry Production
198
Thousand tons
Cured Ham Production
Cured Ham Production
16.9
Thousand tons
Beef Production
Beef Production
11.7
Thousand tons
Processed Meat Production
Processed Meat Production
7
Thousand tons
Animal Feed Production
Animal Feed Production
2.06
Millions of tons
Flour Production
Flour Production
484
Thousand tons
Collaborators
Collaborators
8,900

HISTORY

1956 - 1970: Bread Flours

The Vall Companys Group began its activity with the purchase of the four mill "La Meta" in Lleida, which is dedicated to the production of bread flours (1956). Using by-products from the wheat mill, the company manufactured its first animal feeds. The first experience of integration in pig farming marked the creation of an innovative business model for Vall Companys, which was characteristic of the 1960s. The company began to enter the poultry sector. The foundation of the public limited company Vall Companys, and its establishment on the El Segre industrial estate, led to an increase in production volume and capacity (1970).

1970 - 1980: Livestock Integration

Development of an integration model, in which farmers provide facilities and labour. The rest of the services—animals, feed, veterinary control–are provided by the integrating company. The model was first used in the pork sector, and subsequently introduced in the poultry area. The increase in pork production led to an increase in feed production and distribution, from individual sacks to bulk orders. In a decade marked by sharp growth in livestock integration, the need for rigorous logistics management was met by the creation of Transegre, the Vall Companys Group's logistics company. In 1977, the company began to expand geographically, with the purchase of , a poultry and pig feed manufacturer in Vic (Barcelona).

1980 - 1990: Volume and Logistics

The Vall Companys Group constructed a new flour mill with a capacity of 300,000 t/year; increased its own pig production to attain greater self-sufficiency in the supply of piglets (a precursor of traceability), and made its poultry market more vertical with the addition of its first abattoir, located in Tarragona (1984). The production of pharmaceutical products for veterinary use (in Mevet, the group's laboratory, and an independent internal auditor since 1989) ensured control of the medicines used in the Group from 1981 onwards.

1990 - 2000: Quality and Traceability

Vall Companys Group invested in quality and health control in a market that prioritized and demanded food safety. The Group continued its process of geographic expansion in the manufacture of commercial mixed feeds for pigs and poultry throughout the peninsula, constructed the Pondex hatchery (Lleida), and purchased Agroturia (Valencia) in 1993. Integration of pig farming continued to develop, with an increase in the number of the Group's own pigs, and self-sufficiency in the supply of piglets. The first centre was constructed for the insemination of pigs (in Lleida), to totally guarantee full genetic control.

2000 - 2010: Verticalization

The verticalization of the business was consolidated with the incorporation of various abattoirs for pigs and cattle, including Patel (Vic), Cárnicas Frivall (Cuenca) and Frimancha (Valdepeñas), as well as poultry processing plants and abattoirs for poultry, namely Costa (Girona) and Torrent (Barcelona). A new feed manufacturer and artificial insemination centre for pigs called Agrocesa (Valladolid) was added to the Group. The verticalization of the poultry business was completed with the purchase of the French multinational Doux in Spain (Avidel and Avigal). In the area of bread flours, the distribution capacity and customer services introduced in the previous decade was expanded.

2010 - 2015: Guarantees for the future

A period of greater contact with the consumer has begun. At the same time, large volumes are produced with a guarantee of quality, and the cost efficiency that characterizes the Vall Companys Group. Investments have continued in the industrial division, with the construction of a new feed plant in Ejea de los Caballeros and renovations in the abattoirs and poultry processing plants in Avidel and Avigal. The processed meat line has been boosted, as has the marketing of cured Duroc and Iberian hams and shoulders.

QUALITY AND TRACEABILITY

The companies in the Vall Companys Group make up a completely integrated production and commercial process at all stages, from reproduction, feed production and animal rearing, to slaughter, meat processing, packaging and distribution of the end product, as well as all complementary processes (veterinary pharmacy, integrated logistics, etc.).

This policy of verticalization and integration means that any product can be fully traced from its source, and ensures the constant quality of the entire production line. In addition, the companies in the Group meet demanding standards for certification and health controls, which are a guarantee of hygiene and integrity.

SUSTAINABILITY/CSR

The Vall Companys Group, as one of the leading agri-food groups in Europe, is very conscious of its responsibility towards the environment in terms of its business activities. For this reason, and in accordance with our strong ethical principles, the different companies within the Group have taken on a commitment that ranges from production through to the suppliers who form part of our value chain: a policy aimed at preserving environmental sustainability, guaranteeing optimum animal welfare, treating all our employees fairly, and offering safe, high-quality food to our customers.

You can learn more about the Vall Companys Group’s CSR policies in the report entitled Non-Financial Information and Diversity..

R&D&I

Research, Development and Innovation

R&D&I activities are pivotal for the use of knowledge and technology in the different production phases of the Vall Companys Group, the aim being to design technical processes and innovative products that reflect significant advances in quality, health, well-being, efficiency and sustainability.

The Group has a multidisciplinary team of experts in its different business areas who, in collaboration with other companies, research centres and universities, are responsible for developing a range of different R&D&I projects.

There is a corporate commitment to R&D Intensity (ithe amount earmarked for R&D&I as a percentage of total net sales) which is estimated at more than 0.5%.

The projects carried out in recent years with the support of public funding are laid out here:  See projects

COMPANIES IN THE GROUP

The range of companies in the Vall Companys Group cover every stage in a fully integrated production system. In addition, 2,100 associated farms collaborate with the group. They are responsible for rearing the animals and are situated close to the abattoirs and meat processing plants to ensure a high level of animal welfare during transport.

The geographic location of the different companies and facilities of Vall Companys covers the entire Iberian Peninsula and the Canary Islands, which optimizes the quality and logistics of the group and ensures a uniform, efficient distribution throughout Spain.

Companies in the Group