History | Major highlights
The company Aperitivos y Extrusionados was founded in 1983 in the town of Ribaforada (Navarre). This company began operations in 1979 under the trade name ASPIL.
In 1993, we purchased Frutos Secos Abrego, which was located in the town of Andosilla in Navarre and had been operational since 1956. In 1995, we decided to consolidate the production of both companies in Ribaforada.
Four years later, in 1999, the company was fully integrated to the Grupo Borges, becoming a part of the dried fruit and nuts division which brings together all of the import, export, manufacture and sales activities of nuts and snacks.
In 2000, the merger by acquisition of ASPIL and ABREGO took place and the diversification of their production continued by limiting their brand Ábrego to dried fruit and nuts, and assigning the trade name Aspil to snacks.
Sales to retail began in 2006. A new acquisition took place this year which involved the incorporation of the brand TRAVESA and several of its products.
A year later, the brand name Snacks & Co was established, with kids and adolescents as the target customers. Disassociation from the Grupo Borges, which was purchased by TWIN-SCREW, also occurred this year.
In February 2011 we bought the Valencian company Papas Vicente Vidal, which was founded in 1931 and is the benchmark company in the Spanish potato crisps market. With this acquisition, Apex began manufacturing and selling potato crisps with the trade name Vicente Vidal, and multiplied its presence in the retail channel.
In July of the same year, we acquired Aperitivos Gus, a private label manufacturing specialist with a plant in Leon. This acquisition makes Grupo Apex the Spanish leader in private label sales, with the most modern factory in the sector. It also gives us the competitive edge by purchasing the raw material (potato) directly from farmers.
In 2013, we launched Marinas, a renowned brand in the high-quality crisp market that is also held in high regard by consumers due to its commitment, ingredients and careful production process.
In 2016, the subsidiary, Sabene Iberia, a company selling retail crisps and snacks, was founded.
Creation of a business subsidiary in Bayona, France.
In 2017, SYC Diversificación, based in Ejea de los Caballeros, was acquired. The company manufactures and sells products mainly targeted at the non-organised channel, where we can find leading brands, such as Jumpers.
In 2018, the Valencian company, Papes Safor, was acquired. The company specialises in the manufacturing of high-quality crisps for the distributor brand and under the brand name, Aitana, which has extensive history in its area of influence.
In December 2018, Grupo APEX acquired the business, POPITAS, a leading brand in Spain in the popcorn market. Thanks to this agreement, Apex has strengthened its category growth strategy.
In 2019, it formalised the acquisition of the brand of the Madrid company Espafrima S.L., which specialises in manufacturing crisps, snacks and nuts under the brand, ESPADA.
In 2020 a complete vacuum fryer line was acquired and installed, which allows us to produce crisps like burguer chips / french fries.
In 2021 we acquired shares in Productos Emilio Arias Lizano, a specialist in sunflower seeds and nut manufacturing. It is a prestigious brand in the national sector. Its sunflower seeds are enormously popular in the central region of the peninsula.