Our History

How it all began...

Founded as the holding company of the Austrian sugar and starch industry in 1988, AGRANA has successfully transformed to become a company that is active well beyond the borders of Austria, having nearly ten-fold its revenues during this time.

 

1988

AGRANA Beteiligungs-Aktiengesellschaft is set up to act as the umbrella for the merged Austrian sugar and starch industries; the company operates the three sugar factories in Hohenau, Leopoldsdorf and Tulln, the potato starch factory in Gmünd as well as the maize starch factory in Aschach

1989

Strategic alliance entered into with Germany's Südzucker AG Mannheim | Ochsenfurt, which is Europe's largest sugar enterprise

1990

Entry into the Hungarian sugar industry and acquisition of a stake in Hungary's Hungrana maize starch and isoglucose factory

1991: Stock-exchange launch: 1,500,000 preference shares are listed in the Vienna stock exchange's B-Segment

1994

Entry into the Czech market: takeover of one sugar factory in Hrušovany

1996

Expansion of interests in Hungary: acquisition of Magyar Cukor AG

1998

 
  • Acquisition of stakes in 4 sugar factories in Romania and 2 sugar factories in Slovakia
  • Acquisition of 2 more sugar factories in the Czech Republic
 

2001

Purchase of a maize starch factory Tandarei

2003:  Development of the group's third Segment Fruit with it's operating units AGRANA Juice and AGRANA Fruit

2003

Complete takeover of Denmark's Vallø Saft A/S and acquisition of an initial stake in Austria's Steirerobst AG

2004

 
  • Start of the four-stage acquisition of France's Atys Group (world's leader in fruit preparations)
  • Acquisition of Belgium's Dirafrost (frozen fruit specialities)
  • Acquisition of Germany's Wink Group (fruit juice concentrates).
 

2005

 
  • Capital increase to raise additional funds for the continued pursuit of AGRANA's dynamic growth strategy
  • Decision for the construction of a bioethanol plant
  • Acquisition of  DSF-Deutsch-Schweizerische Früchteverarbeitung GmbH based in Constance, Germany
  • AGRANA opens the new fruit preparation plant in Serpuchov (South of Moscow)
 

2006

 
  • The reform of  the Sugar Central Market Organisation forces AGRANA to rationalize operations; affected by this rationalization process are the plants in Hohenau | Austria and Rimavska Sobota | Slovakia
  • AGRANA establishes a raw sugar refinery in Brcko | Bosnia Herzegovina jointly with the Bosnian-Austrian company SCO Studen & Co Holding | Vienna as 50 % partner
  • AGRANA acquires a 50 % stake in concentrates manufacturer Xianyang Andre Juice Co. Ltd; the company is located in the province Shaanxi | China
  • AGRANA decided to establish a sales joint venture together with the Bulgarian sugar producer Zaharni Zavodi AD; AGRANA holds a stake of 51 %
 

2006: AGRANA acquires 100 % stake of Steirerobst

2007

 
  • AGRANA starts operations at new fruit preparations plant in Cabreuva | Brazil.
  • Start of pilot operations at the new bioethanol plant in Pischelsdorf | Austria.
 

2008

 
  • AGRANA starts second joint venture for apple juice concentrate in Yongji | Shanxi province | China
  • Commissioning of raw sugar refinery in Brcko | Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Capacity increase at Hungrana's isoglucose and bioethanol plant
 

2008: Start of operations at the bioethanol plant in
Pischelsdorf | Austria

2010

AGRANA expands its presence in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) with a joint-venture in fruit preparation in Egypt in addition to existing facilities in Turkey and South Africa.

2011

 
  • Acquisition of 100 % of the shares of Xiangyang Andre Juice Co., Ltd. and the divestment of 50 % of Yongji Andre Juice Co., Ltd.
  • AGRANA opens a production plant for fruit preparations in Johannesburg | South Africa
  • AGRANA inaugurates the second-largest sugar silo in Europe at its sugar factory in Tulln | Austria
 

2012

Merger of AGRANA Juice Holding GmbH and Ybbstaler Fruit Austria GmbH to YBBSTALER AGRANA Juice GmbH 

2013

AGRANA opens wheat starch plant at site in Pischelsdorf | Austria

 

2014

 
  • AGRANA opens in the USA the fourth production plant for fruit preparations in Lysander | New York
  • Opening of the new AGRANA Research & Innovation Center in Tulln | Austria
 
 

2015

AGRANA opens new packaging centre in Kaposvár | Hungary

 

2016

Acquisition of 100% of the shares in Main Process S.A., an Argentine producer of fruit preparations

 

2017

EXPANSION of market position in Asia through the acquisition of the Indian fruit processing plant 'SAIKRUPA Fruit Processing Pvt. Ltd.'