Three young chemists from Valencia (Spain) invent a process for extracting theobromine, an alkaloid very similar to caffeine, which is only found in the cocoa bean. Natra’s activity is thus started.
The activity is extended to include the manufacturing and commercialization of cocoa derivatives.
Trading start on the open outcry market of Valencia (Spain).
Natra US founded in order to facilitate commercial activity in the North American market.
Trading start on the open outcry market of Madrid (Spain).
Start of chocolate coating manufacturing in the Valencia (Spain) production site.
Spin-off of Natra's assets related to the extraction of theobromine, caffeine and functional ingredients. Founding of Natraceutical, an independent listed company in which Natra remains as controlling shareholder.
Focused so far in the production of cocoa derivatives, Natra decides to move towards the final product and start exploring the opportunities offered by the sector.
Natra acquires Zahor (Spain), thus taking the first steps on path towards vertical integration and consumer-oriented end products. Zahor held a significant client portfolio, a considerable turnover in Europe and had recently acquired a plant in France specialising in chocolate tablets.
Chocolaterie Jacali (Belgium) becomes part of Natra, thus increasing the existing range with the inclusion of Belgian chocolates and specialities.
Incorporation of All Crump (Belgium), thus constituting the new spreads business unit.
Further boost of he growth strategy in the consumer goods division beyond Europe, with special focus on United States and China.