Our History

Learn more about the history of Caramuru Group. A successful trajectory, characterized by its boldness, entrepreneurship and pioneer investments in the Brazilian market. To learn more about the Caramuru story, decade by decade, click on the dates.

1960s

1964. Máquina Caramuru is established

On Rua Caramuru, in the city of Maringá, Paraná, the company was established by Múcio de Souza Rezende. Initially baptized in the name of its founder, it was better known as Máquina Caramuru. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, the company was early consolidating itself in the area of grain processing, opening branch offices and increasing its importance in the milling industry.

1964. First packages

It is created one of the first packages: Caramuru Corn Meal.

1970s

1970. Beginning of mergers

After a merger, the company is renamed Produtos Alimentícios Caramuru.

1971. Expansion of the agricultural frontiers

In the early 1970s, the Group saw the opportunity to expand its agricultural frontiers in rural Brazil. We opened the Apucarana-PR branch, which two years later became our headquarters.

 

1975. The Itumbiara (GO) unit is established

Continuing our business expansion, we opened a corn processing plant in Itumbiara, Goiás State, Brazil.

1979. SINHÁ brand was launched

SINHÁ brand was launched, present today in kitchens throughout all regions of Brazil.

1980s

1980. Increased presence in the rural sector

The 1980s and 1990s were instrumental for the Group to consolidate its presence in the rural sector, with 76 general warehouses distributed throughout Goiás, Mato Grosso and Paraná, with a total capacity of 2,379,000 tons.

1986. New units in Itumbiara (GO) and Apucarana (PR)

A vegetable oils production unit was opened in Itumbiara, with a soy processing capacity of 1,000t/day, now increased to 1,700t/day. Today it includes a pre-cooked corn plant to produce cornflakes in Apucarana and an administrative unit.

1990s

1992. New Industrial Complex in Itumbiara (GO)

Opening of the Industrial Complex in Itumbiara, including a vegetable oil refinery with the most advanced technological resources and the ability to bottle 400 cans/min and 600 PET/min.

1995. Investments in the soybean complex, warehousing and waterway terminal

US$27 million was invested to build a soybean processing plant in São Simão (GO), a warehousing unit in Chapadão do Céu (GO) and a waterway terminal to speed up production flow along the Paranaíba-Tietê-Paraná waterway.

1999. Implementation of IMS – Integrated Management System

Determined to promote an intense modernization in its business structure, the Caramuru Group began the implementation of the Integrated Management System.

1999. Investments in export logistics

The company took another important step in the export logistics segment: A contract was celebrated with Citrosuco/Fischer Group involving an investment of US$4 million, at the Port of Santos, specifically, at Warehouse XL, with a storage and handling capacity of 65,000 tons including a US$1 million construction project at the water-railroad terminal located in Pederneiras (SP), with an additional storage capacity of 60,000 tons.

2000 Years

2000. Partnership with ALL – América Latina Logística do Brasil S.A.

After changing its trade name to Caramuru Alimentos, the company initiated another important partnership with ALL – América Latina Logística do Brasil S.A. This initiative involved an investment of US$12.221 million and resulted in a contract guaranteeing a 50% participation in operations at Terminal XXXIX, with a static storage capacity of 180,000 tons of grains or meal.

2001. New extraction and refining plant of special oils

Caramuru Group established a new extraction and refining plant of special oils – corn and sunflower. The plant, installed in the industrial complex of Itumbiara, Goiás State, is the only one in Brazil to use 100% national sunflower prime material. That same year, the SINHÁ brand underwent a modernization program.

2002. Employees choose a new logo

New logo of the Caramuru Group, chosen through voting by its employees.

2003. Purchase of new GE C-30 locomotives and grain hopper railcars

Purchase of five modern GE C-30 locomotives and 120 grain hopper cars, with carry-capacities of 100 and 125 cubic meters, to operate on the railroad section between the company terminal located at Pederneiras and the Port of Santos.

2004. Implementation of the WWTP – Wastewater Treatment Plant

Implementation of the WWTP – Wastewater Treatment Plant designed to treat all liquid effluents from Itumbiara industrial complex, with capacity to process 50,000 liters of water per hour, which can be re-used in the plant itself, in the plant cooling towers and caring for company landscapes.

2006. New investments in Itumbiara, Goiás State, Brazil

Investments in the production, storage and shipment of soy lecithin in Itumbiara (GO).

2006. Start of biodiesel production

Integrated to the National Program for Production and Use of Biodiesel (PNPB) and aiming to add value and diversify its production, Caramuru inaugurated its biodiesel production facility, providing an important contribution to reducing environmental impacts and to promote replacing fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy.

Today

2010. New biodiesel plant in Ipameri (GO)

A new biodiesel plant is set up in Ipameri (GO), with a production  capacity of 225 million liters/year, the two units totaling 450 million liters/year of biodiesel.

2011. New investments in the soy complex

Expansion of soybean operations, with the lease of a soybean extraction unit in Sorriso (MT), with a of 1,000t/day soybean crushing capacity and 200t/day soy oil production.

2012. Investment in the Soy Protein Concentrate (SPC) plant

Investment of over R$100 million in the new plant dedicated to the production of SPC. Produced from soybeans, the SPC is a concentrated protein supplement with high added value.

2015. Energy- cane: more sustainability at Caramuru

Since 2012, Caramuru uses biomass in the surplus electricity co-generation. To add more sustainability to your business, from 2015, the Group started to use energy cane in this process. By 2016, 55,700t of biomass have already been produced, used at the Itumbiara and São Simão plants.

2015. Opening of the new Ipameri Industrial Unit

With crushing capacity of 1,500 tons of soybeans per day, the unit is the result of an investment of about R $ 90 million. Just the beginning operation has generated 250 direct and indirect jobs.

2016. New industrial units

Installation of the Soybean Concentrated Protein (SPC) industrial unit and the cogeneration unit in Sorriso (MT).

2017. North Exit

The Group concluded the Norte Exit Project and started to count on two terminals: one of which is a highway transhipment in Itaituba (PA) and the other one is the Port of Santana (AP) designed for exportation. The forecast is to export 198,000t of the SPC meal annually to Europe. In addition, the Sorriso Unit, in Mato Grosso (MT), started the activities of its Biodiesel Plant.