18.05

VITAS Portugal becomes the owner of FALUA Vinhos

In 2017, TIMAC AGRO, a subsidiary of the  Groupe Roullier, bought a majority share in... View Article

In 2017, TIMAC AGRO, a subsidiary of the  Groupe Roullier, bought a majority share in the wine company FALUA, which was previously owned by the João Portugal Ramos Group. 3 years later, in February 2020, VITAS Portugal acquired the entirety of FALUA’s share capital.

“We are really enthusiastic about the full acquisition of FALUA Vinhos. It represents an excellent investment for our company. Its potential and prospects for development are huge,” explains Rui Rosa, head of VITAS Portugal.

FALUA acquires a vineyard for the production of Vinho Verde

Following the collaboration with the João Portugal Ramos Group, the Groupe Roullier’s TIMAC AGRO subsidiary, through the FALUA company, purchased a vineyard in the Minho region in the north-west of Portugal—the region that produces Vinho Verde.

This acquisition results from TIMAC AGRO’s ambition to strengthen its presence in the Portuguese wine sector and expand its role as a producer in the new Minho region.

The Alvarinho grape variety truly thrives in the Minho region, and in particular in the subregion of Monção and Melgaço where it reaches its full potential thanks to the unique terroir. With its unique aromas and flavours, the Alvarinho grape variety is considered one of the finest grafted white grapes planted in Portuguese vineyards. This wine is an exceptional product and is only produced in small quantities.

The province is protected by a mountain range that creates the ideal rain, temperature, and light conditions for the Alvarinho grape variety to properly ripen.

“Being able to work with the Alvarinho grape variety is a major opportunity. It is an exquisite, very high-quality product. Our standards for this project are set very high—and the results will be a testament to that!”  Antonina Barbosa, FALUA

 

06.05

Still On The Field

Our Teams Are Still On The Field #AgroNeverStops The agricultural sector will drive the recovery... View Article

Our Teams Are Still On The Field

#AgroNeverStops

The agricultural sector will drive the recovery of the economy 

Our daily job is to support farmers to improve their production and make it more profitable

Our Teams Are Still On The Field

10.04

Agro Never Stops

Agriculture never stops Neither do we     TIMAC AGRO’s teams demonstrate exceptional commitment in... View Article

Agriculture never stops

Neither do we

 

 

TIMAC AGRO’s teams demonstrate exceptional commitment in all the countries where we are present and are fully focused to protect our distribution channels and to provide farmers with our solutions.
Our top priority is the protection of our 5800 employees and partners’ health. Everywhere, we are working on delivering concrete local solutions.

 

Agro never stops. Neither do farmers. Nor do we. Security is our top priority.

Thanks to each and everyone of them, TIMAC AGRO is able to stay close to farmers.

Locally based, thanks to all our employees, we continue to meet farmer’s needs.

Our team commitment remains strong ! We work together to ensure food production continuity

10.10

TIMAC AGRO Swiss: a pilot farm for our subsidiary

Our Swiss subsidiary is joining forces this year with the dynamics of a new hub... View Article

Our Swiss subsidiary is joining forces this year with the dynamics of a new hub on the St-Aubin site in Fribourg. The capital with 38,500 inhabitants would like to create a big agribusiness centre dedicated to innovations and the pooling of knowledge. Startups and big companies are concentrated in the capital. For our Swiss subsidiary, whose head office is in Zurich, this location presents a number of interests.

A new commercial tool

An area of 120 ha is dedicated to this centre as well as 6,500 m2 of offices, laboratories and 100 ha of farming areas. Benefitting from an exclusive partnership with the farm located at its centre and including plots dedicated to our protocols is a way to assert our commitment to innovation. Federal institutions active in the farming sector such as Agroscope (Swiss Institute for agronomic research) or FIBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture) will also follow the activities of the new centre.

This pilot farm helps prove to all Swiss farmers that our solutions are financially profitable and that they will improve the profitability of their farm. Aurélien Roger, Director TIMAC AGRO Swiss.

See far to prepare the future

If our subsidiary invests in premises at this pilot farm, it is not only to test our solutions and ensure a close relationship with experts at CMI Roullier, but also to take the opportunity to talk to future clients and partners. Fenaco, a Swiss agricultural cooperative present in this centre, reaches 22,000 farmers in the country. “Our end clients are attentive about the return on their investments and we can reassure them and assist them, thanks to lifesized trials”, said Aurélien Roger.

 

20.09

Nutryfert: a project rewarded for repurposing organic waste

In June 2019 Nutryfert received the “Food Chain Accesit” award at the SciencEkaitza Gala held... View Article

In June 2019 Nutryfert received the “Food Chain Accesit” award at the SciencEkaitza Gala held in Baluarte, Spain. More than 1,500 participants gathered to attend the second edition of the science competition, organised by the technology company ADItech. The Government of Navarre is participating in this collaboration that rewards the most innovative ideas for transforming society and the economy. It was there that Nutryfert was rewarded for its technology that recycles minerals from organic waste.

The challenge of repurposing organic waste in the circular economy

The EU currently produces more than 90 million organic waste products containing on average at least 20% of the total mineral nutrients consumed as mineral fertilisers in agricultural production. However, only 15% of this waste is used in organic soil enrichers and virtually none of its mineral content can be incorporated into the manufacture of fertiliser granules due to environmental, health and technical constraints.

The circular economy model puts particular emphasis on waste, which is not only a problem to be dealt with but is becoming a new resource. To accompany this change, Nutryfert project director and scientific advisor to TIMAC AGRO and CMI Roullier, José María García-Mina, explained that researchers are developing new technology to transform this waste into a “clean raw material, containing mineral nutrients that can be assimilated by crops and can be used to produce mineral fertiliser granules. ”

Nutryfert: product of a consortium

The research and development of the technology is performed by scientists from the BACH Group (biological and agricultural chemistry group) of the University of Navarre (UNAV) in partnership with TIMAC AGRO España and CMI Roullier. Field trials will be carried out by INTIA (Navarro Institute for Agri-Food Technologies and Infrastructures). The first results are very encouraging.

“We have been able to identify the genes linked to the best use of certain nutrients such as iron and phosphorus,” says Mr. García-Mina.

Together they developed the Nutryert technology, producing new fertilisers by recycling minerals contained in agricultural waste (produced by crops and animals).

By optimising the mineral resources of organic waste, Nutryfert has become part of the ecological transition towards sustainable agriculture.

 

MARTA FUENTES, ÁNGEL ZAMARREÑO, ÓSCAR URRUTIA, JOSÉ MARÍA GARCÍA-MINA AND JAVIER ERRO.

 

Marta Fuentes, Ángel Zamarreño, Óscar Urrutia, José María García-Mina and Javier Erro.

23.08

TIMAC AGRO Brasil Customers Top Productivity for 5th Time

Maximum Soy Productivity Challenge once again proves the efficiency and superiority of TIMAC AGRO Brasil.... View Article

Maximum Soy Productivity Challenge once again proves the efficiency and superiority of TIMAC AGRO Brasil.

Once again, TIMAC AGRO Brasil customers are at the top of the podium of the Maximum Soy Productivity Challenge. Non-irrigated champion producer Rafael Tolotti, from the South region, achieved a productivity of 123.50 bags per hectare (7.4 tonnes/ha), while João Antônio Gorgen, winner of the North/Northeast regions, reached 96.89 bags per hectare (5.8 tonnes/ha).

Year after year, TIMAC AGRO’s solutions have been helping producers to increase their yields. This is the 5th time the brand has featured in the results of the contest winners.  The 2018/2019 harvest champions used technologies such as NP Plus, TOP-PHOS, Fertileader and PROGEN Detox BR to nurture and protect their crops. As a result, they almost doubled their productivity. “Before using TIMAC products, our productivity was 70 bags per hectare (4.2 tonnes/ha),” said the current non-irrigated champion.

For Tolotti, the result at the Maximum Soy Productivity Challenge reiterates the efficiency of products and services provided by TIMAC AGRO’s team of technicians: “Using TIMAC products makes our work easier, because with efficient fertilisation we have nothing to worry about. I recommend TIMAC products because they have added value, deliver results and that’s why we trust them. Better care leads to better results,” adds Rafael Tolotti.

Maximum Soy Productivity Challenge

The Maximum Soy Productivity Challenge is organised by the Brazilian Soybean Strategic Committee (CESB), considered one of the biggest technical references for productivity improvement. The result from this edition, referring to the 2018/2019 harvest, was officially announced during a ceremony held in Londrina (PR/BR), in June.

The Brazilian Soybean Strategic Committee is a non-profit organisation made up of professionals and researchers from various fields who have come together to work strategically and use the knowledge gained in their respective careers for national soybean production.

CESB’s main product is the Maximum Productivity Challenge, which, since 2008, has seen hundreds of participants attempt to reach the goal of over 80 bags per hectare (4.8 tonnes/ha). All knowledge and techniques acquired throughout these years of challenges by the Committee are shared with producers.

09.08

TIMAC AGRO Italia has committed to the “One planet handle with care” program of the United Nations

TIMAC AGRO Italia is taking part in the SCP (Sustainable Consumption and Production) program with... View Article

TIMAC AGRO Italia is taking part in the SCP (Sustainable Consumption and Production) program with sugar beet producers. The objective is to develop innovative solutions in order to improve the performance of extractable sugar. The first stage will take place at CMI Roullier, where suitable technology will be designed to improve the nutrition of sugarbeet. The second mission will focus on studying the sustainability of agricultural systems faced with climate hazards.

Several objectives fulfil this research: helping the sector to reach these sustainable development objectives, being competitive on an economic level and improving the health of Italian and European societies.

26.07

The Portuguese wine-growing sector

Our TSAs are active in 29 of the 93 wine-producing countries in the world, or... View Article

Our TSAs are active in 29 of the 93 wine-producing countries in the world, or nearly 70% of all vineyards. With the acquisition of the wine-growing firm Falua by our VITAS Portugal branch, TIMAC AGRO is a driver of growth in the Tejo region.

Our commercial strategy relies on quality

With the acquisition of the Falua company, VITAS offers a showcase of our teams’ expertise and the efficacy of our wine-growing fertilisation products. Our TSAs are proud to support the quality upgrade of Portuguese wine.

Falua in figures

• 22 employees
• 68 ha of vines
• 4.2 million bottles/year
• 20 wines (white, red, rosé and sparkling)
• 54% of the production is exported

Falua: a golden vintage for our brand image

ViniPortugal (the Interprofessional Assosiation of the Portuguese Wine Industry that manages the “Wines of Portugal” brand present on 4 continents and 14 strategic markets) organises an annual Wines of Portugal Competition.

At the 2018 contest, the wine “Conde Vimioso Reserva Tinto, 2014” from Falua won one of the 36 gold medals.

12.07

Top-Phos technology wins big in Canada

TIMAC AGRO Canada was among the winners of the “Harvest Program” 2019, an international competition... View Article

TIMAC AGRO Canada was among the winners of the “Harvest Program” 2019, an international competition held in Saskatchewan, Canada’s biggest agricultural province, which aims to highlight innovations and technologies with the potential to improve yields and future agricultural practices.

Our subsidiary won with its Top-Phos technology, earning an exceptional opportunity to showcase its work at the Ag in Motion event – the biggest agricultural gathering in western Canada (320 hectares – 50,000 participants), which will take place from the 16 – 18 July.

Making inroads in western Canada via our innovations

Organised by the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA), the “Harvest Program” features innovative companies whose technologies have the potential to contribute to improving yields and agricultural practices in Saskatchewan. This province, nicknamed “Canada’s breadbasket”, is home to 34,000 agricultural producers cultivating crops on 14 million hectares of land: primarily wheat and canola (a plant in the rapeseed family). This market represents a potential 3.5 million tonnes, out of the 8 million tonnes total on the Canadian market.

“Winning this Harvest Program award falls within the objectives we set ourselves for 1 year of our strategic development plan for Canada. In this vast market, in which TIMAC AGRO was relatively unknown, the aim was to demonstrate our international successes in terms that would resonate with the Canadian market, thereby equipping our innovations with technical credibility and visibility at the local level. This approach gives us a certain momentum for transposing our results on the ground, notably via commercial and industrial investments,” notes Simon Jolette-Riopel, General Manager of TIMAC AGRO Canada.

 

Indeed, winning the award is a major achievement in terms of recognition for TIMAC AGRO, as the affiliate was selected from among 24 candidates from 8 different countries, and was picked by a committee made up of members of research institutes, the provincial Agriculture Ministry and industrial stakeholders.

Demonstrating our products’ added value in the field

Our competition entry was prepared in collaboration with the Centre Mondial de l’Innovation Roullier and Dr. José Maria Garcia-Mina, Professor at the University of Navarre. Our entry won over the selection committee thanks to its innovative character and the development potential of the Top-Phos technology, in a market in which 80% of the soils are alkaline.

Timed to coincide with the competition entry, Top-Phos demonstration protocols were implemented by the CMI and the Canadian subsidiary at the beginning of the year in Saskatchewan; the objective being to demonstrate the added value of Top-Phos technology for canola, and also to study the favourable impact of our biostimulants in Canadian regions that experience the highest levels of climate stress (cold, drought, etc.).

Top-Phos technology stands out

Top-Phos provides the specific advantage of protecting Phosphorus present in the soil against the adverse phenomenon of “lockup” – thanks to Top-Phos, Phosphorus uptake is improved in both acidic and alkaline soils.