The M. Dias Branco story begins with the arrival of the Dias Branco family in Fortaleza, Ceará from Portugal, where Manuel Dias Branco installs the Imperial Bakery.
Manuel Dias Branco forms a partnership with his brothers José and Orlando, and names the company M. Dias Branco & Irmãos (M. Dias Branco & Bros.)
The company moves to new facilities, still in Fortaleza, at Rua João Cordeiro, under the name Fortaleza Bakery.
Francisco Ivens de Sá Dias Branco, Manuel’s son, joins the partnership. During that same year, the Fortaleza Plant opens as a pasta manufacturer.
Fortaleza Plant, now with the corporate name of M. Dias Branco S/A Comércio e Indústria, modernizes its manufacturing plant and expands its business area with the launch of new products.
Fortinho (Little Fort) is created, a mascot of the Fortaleza Plant stamped on the packaging of the products and advertised in print and on TV.
Fortaleza Plant becomes the third most important company in Brazil in its area of operation and productive capacity, becoming a market leader in the North and Northeast.
Construction begins for the new Fortaleza Plant headquarters, on a 600,000 m² lot on BR 116, Km 18.
All the company's activities are transferred to the new Fortaleza Plant headquarters, on BR 116, km 18, in the municipality of Aquiraz, CE, later dismembered into the municipality of Eusébio. There, new pasta and cookie lines, and modern silos for the storage of raw materials are installed.
In Fortaleza, CE, the first M. Dias Branco mill goes into operation. This venture represents a milestone for the market of wheat flour and its derivatives in Brazil.
Part of the Moinho Dias Branco production goes to supply the Fortaleza Plant.
The second M. Dias Branco mill, the Grande Moinho Potiguar, starts its activities in the city of Natal, RN. It’s an integrated project, consisting of a wheat mill and a pasta factory.
During that same year, the protocol of intentions for the construction of the Grande Moinho Aratu was signed, a modern industrial complex consisting of a wheat mill, a cookie factory, a pasta factory and a private port.
Inaugurated in Fortaleza, CE, the GME, industrial unit for the production of Shortening and Special Margarines, with part of the production supplying the company itself and another being sold on the market, marking the entry in this new segment.
M. Dias Branco acquires Adria Alimentos do Brasil Ltda., composed of the following industries: Adria (São Caetano do Sul, SP), Isabela (Bento Gonçalves, RS), Basilar (Jaboticabal, SP) and Zabet (Lençois Paulistas, SP). This acquisition allowed the company to become the national leader in terms of volume, in the cookie and pasta market.
Also in 2003, the Grande Moinho Aratu, in Salvador, Bahia, belonging to an industrial complex that, besides the mill, includes a large regional distribution center for the products and a port complex.
The operation, in Cabedelo, PB, of the Grande Moinho Aratu Tambaú, begins as part of an industrial complex that includes a pasta plant and a regional distribution center.
The company goes public with the trading of shares on the São Paulo Stock Exchange (BM&F BOVESPA) and its entry into the New Market segment, the highest level of corporate governance required in the Brazilian capital market.
M. Dias Branco acquires Indústria de Alimentos Bomgosto Ltda., headquartered in Jaboatão dos Guararapes, PE and known for the Vitarella and Treloso brands.
The company acquires NPAP Alimentos S/A, a company that for over a century makes Pilar brand cookies/crackers and pasta in Pernambuco.
In December, it also announced the acquisition of Pelágio Participações S/A, which operates in the market under the trade name Estrela (Star). The company, based in Maracanaú, CE, produces pasta, cookies/crackers, cakes and snacks.
Acquisition of the Moinho Santa Lúcia, located in Aquiraz, CE. The company operates in the market with the brands Predilleto and Bonsabor.
A mill is purchased in Rolândia, PR, expanding the verticalization of flour, and another one begins to be built in Bento Gonçalves, RS.
In May, Ivens Dias Branco Júnior takes over the Company's presidency. With the new name at the head of the Company, Ivens Dias Branco assumes the Presidency of the Administrative Board.
M. Dias Branco inaugurates its modern toast plant in the municipality of Eusébio, CE, launching itself in this new segment with its different brands.
Completion of the works and start of milling operations of the new mill built at Eusébio, CE, accelerating its goal of integrating the production process through the production of 100% of its main input: wheat flour.
The company achieves the highest net revenue and EBITDA in its history, in terms of absolute values.
During the year, Adria Plus Life products, the Company's whole-wheat food line, are launched, and the public infrastructure and area of the Port of Rio de Janeiro, RJ are leased.
In May, M. Dias Branco concluded the acquisition of 100% of the shares of the Piraquê Food Products Industry, aligned with the goal of accelerating its growth in the South and Southeastern regions.