Our history

Natra Timeline

1943

1943

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.

1950

1950

The activity is extended to include the manufacturing and commercialization of cocoa derivatives.

1978

1978

Trading start on the open outcry market of Valencia (Spain).

1986

1986

Natra US founded in order to facilitate commercial activity in the North American market.

1991

1991

Trading start on the open outcry market of Madrid (Spain).

2001

2001

Start of chocolate coating manufacturing in the Valencia (Spain) production site.

2002

2002

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.

2003

2003

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.

2004

2004

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.

2005

2005

Chocolaterie Jacali (Belgium) becomes part of Natra, thus increasing the existing range with the inclusion of Belgian chocolates and specialities.

2007

2007

Incorporation of All Crump (Belgium), thus constituting the new spreads business unit.

2012

2012

Further boost of he growth strategy in the consumer goods division beyond Europe, with special focus on United States and China.