Ariztía: 122 years of family history
Mr. Francisco de Ariztía y Meoque arrives in Chile at the age of 22 from Navarre, Spain. He was born in Saint Jean Pied-de-Port, now French, but at that time part of Navarre. He married Miss Luisa Astaburuaga Pizarro (daughter of the Governor of Coquimbo) and settled in Sotaquí (Ovalle).
His great-grandson, Mr. Ricardo Ariztía Pinto, born in Sotaquí, arrives in Melipilla as Manager of the Melipilla Bank in 1893 and falls in love with the place. In 1894 Mr. Ricardo Ariztía Pinto purchased from Mr. Arturo Valdivieso some land consisting of a farm and its surrounding grounds, which together with other lands formed the Ariztía vineyard.
For his benefactor work, Mr. Ricardo Ariztía is appointed Director Ad-honorem of the Melipilla Hospital, while he becomes a recognized bottled wine producer (R. Ariztía Vineyard).
His son, Mr. Hernán Ariztía Bascuñán, marries Miss Amelia Ruiz Correa and takes over the vineyard business. Since the property was small, it sought the need to diversify towards fruit production.
By then his eighth son, Manuel, was five years old. The growing family and the need to increase the value added of his plot led him to start a new business, in addition to wine and fruit trees: egg production, with 20 thousand hens.
Mr. Manuel Ariztía Ruíz finishes his studies, marries and starts working in the Family Business. Years later, the vineyard is left aside in favor of poultry farming and fruit production. In that same decade begins the business of breeding chickens for meat, known as “Broiler Chickens”, which were sold alive.
Ricardo, Manuel’s brother, retires from the company but continues as Director. Mr. Manuel buys the share of his brother Carlos in the Company. In 1968, a manual slaughterhouse called BROIFAVES began operating in Puangue, Melipilla.
Mr. Manuel bought the share of his brother Fernando, who was then Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago. He moves to Argentina and returns with eight children. Upon his return in 1974, the handing over of the business is divided with his sisters: the poultry business will be for him and the fruit trees for them. Since 1977, the distribution throughout Chile develops progressively.
This is a decade of expansion with state of the art technology and strong growth, market share grows from 9% in 1974 to more than 30% by 1982. After a sharp recession and crisis, in 1985 exports began to Japan, this demands significant investments in plants and human capital to access foreign markets and communicate the unknown Chilean poultry meat business abroad.
Starts the business of raising and selling turkey, together with the new slaughterhouse in El Paico, which also opened the possibility of exporting chickens and turkeys to Europe. The turkey, that had minimal consumption in the country, increasingly raised that percentage thanks to educational campaigns supported by the Company.
In December, Mr. Manuel appointed Ismael Correa as CEO, as he becomes President of the Company.
For the first time in the Southern Hemisphere, Bird flu is confirmed in Ariztía. The Company sacrifices immediately and without hesitation 670 thousand breeding hens, affecting 83% of its productive capacity of chickens. In addition, the productive capacity of turkeys had to be reduced by 50%.
In November, Mr. Manuel appointed as CEO his third son, Marcelo, being succeeded three years later by his sixth son, Paulo, who continues to this day.
More than 20% of Ariztía`s turnover is from the foreign market, present in 20 countries of America, Europe and Pacific Asia.
On the other hand, 80% of its sales comes from products based on chicken and turkey, while the rest are sausages and cold meats, processed products of chicken, by-products, cheeses and others.
In 2011-2012 a slaughterhouses improvement plan is developed, which takes place in Arica, El Paico and Ochagavía plants.
Ariztía becomes the first national company to obtain the Rainforest Certification for the production of potatoes and corn for human consumption, which evaluates sustainability programs with the environment, labor conditions, health and occupational safety, as well as the relationship with the communities.
Ariztía becomes the only company in the world to obtain Rainforest certification for corn storage
Ariztía continues with its professionalization plan, nevertheless keeps emphasizing its concern for family values. Its workers find in Ariztía a great family, counting with several generations that have passed by the company.