Our History

1930 – Foundation

In the thirties Domingos Ribeiro Macarico started a small business selling ready to eat olives, introducing the typically Portuguese variety of tree ripened “Galega” olives.

1960 – First Exports

With the business thriving and growing, Macarico began took another step forward starting exporting to Brazil.

1967 – Exports Expansion

With continuous growth and success Macarico was compelled into looking at other market opportunities such as France.

1970 – Alargamento das exportações EN

EN Com o sucesso contínuo de crescimento, a Maçarico foca-se em novos mercados, virando as atenções para França;

1978 – Increase of the range of products: pickles, mustard and piri-piri hot sauce

Always with its finger on the pulse of market demands Macarico widens its range of products to include other popular items such as pickles, lupin beans, mustard and the renowned piri-piri hot sauce.

1980 – Factory expansion

At this stage, well established as a business and a brand, Macarico, again, moves forward to update its plant by implementing new technologies, bringing in the first equipment for the industrial fermentation process of olives.

1992 – FDA acreditation

Another breakthrough for Macarico was meeting the very high standards of the FDA meaning all imports require to meet the same legal requirements and regulations as those produced in the USA – safe, without non-approved ingredients and with labels providing true and comprehensive information.

2000 – New premises

With time came the need to modernize and at the turn of the century there was a total refurbishment of the premises including the construction of a new administrative building, the Headquarters, as well as the construction of a new warehouse in Mira Industrial Estate.

2003 – Kosher certification

Macarico obtains Kosher certification, yet another requirement to meet even higher standards of hygiene, purity and quality.

2010 – ISO 22000 Certification

Macarico led the way in the implementation of a food safety system to comply with the ISO 22000 regulations, a set of essential requirements to ensure the food safety of products from raw materials to end product.

2013 – IFS Food Certification

Another food quality and safety control system to further improve the standard of operations and the quality of the Macarico products and services.

2013 – Halal Certification

The Halal certification was yet another step to get into new markets thus taking the Maçarico brand to the Islamic communities.

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