Brazil: Angola is third-largest market of fish canning company Gomes da Costa

28 April 2008

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 28 April – Angola has become the third largest consumer of canned fish of the Gomes da Costa brand, the sector leader in Latin America, behind just Argentina and Chile, the export manager of the Brazilian company told macauhub in São Paulo.

“It all began with a box of samples in 2005. In 2006 we exported 500 tonnes, last year it was 1,000 and the projection for 2008 and 2009 is of 1,600 and 2,000 tonnes, respectively,” said Dario Chemerinski.

The company has annual production of six million boxes, which corresponds to 34,000 tonnes of canned tuna and sardines, with 15 percent of that total destined for the external market.

“Today, Angola represents 20 percent of profits from foreign markets. It is an essential market for growth of international business in terms of volume, image and long term prospects,” said Chemerinski.

According to the manager, Angola has become a buyer with potential for several reasons, but, mainly “because it is a stable country and the fastest growing in Africa. It no longer has a civil war and, therefore there is a clearer political horizon.”

Another positive factor, according to Chemerinski, is that the company found, “a solid Angolan partner (Atlas Group) that has been working for years with other Brazilian companies such as Marilan, Sucos Mais and Bertin. As well as this, Angola is a big importer of foods from Brazil. Another concrete advantage is the transport time between the port of Itajaí and Luanda.”

Chemerinski also said that the company also exported goods to Mozambique and is looking for partners in Cape Verde and Sao Toem and Principe. “And we are due to start exports to Portugal in 2009.”

Gomes da Costa was founded by Portuguese businessman Rubem Gomes da Costa in 1954, with a fish factory in Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro. In 1998, this industrial unit was transferred to Itajaí, Santa Catarina. (macauhub)