2019 was a challenging year for us at Athena Foods, despite the fact that the achievements exceeded all expectations in regards to efficiency, operational capacity, and economic-financial results. Our operations are carried out in five different countries, each with its own characteristics and market scenarios, and yet we were able to take advantage of the excellent business opportunities, especially those presented by the high demand from China. We have maintained our position as the leader in beef exports in South America, increasing our gross revenue to US$ 1.9 billion, 6.7% higher than in 2018.
It was the first year in which we acted from beginning to end under the pioneering vocation of our parent company, Minerva Foods, which throughout its history has faced all adversities and has positioned itself ahead of the development of its sector. It is a Company that keeps its eye on innovation and management discipline – characteristics that are also embedded within our own DNA.