This year marks the 100th year of MB Coffee Group as premium certified Arabica growers and exporters in Brazil. The tradition may have been passed on to many generations, but today, the company still stands as the leading coffee growers and exporters in the country.
Founded in 1920 by Jose Martins de Barros, MB Coffee Group has been a dominant name in Brazil’s coffee industry for over ten decades. At present, Paulo Fiod de Barros, together with his daughter Fernanda Maretto de Barros Gabbert, manages the company.
Paulo Fiod de Barros, CEO of MB Agropecuaria, manages every type of export commodity from cattle, sugar cane, soy, corn, and coffee. With over 20,000 hectares of land and over 1,000 people, he prepares his children to take over the business in the near future. “I am at an age where all I want is to pass on my experience as well as my work to my children, Gustavo and Fernanda, and my grandchildren,” expresses Paulo.
Fernanda Maretto de Barros is Paulo’s eldest child, who is now married to Gunther Gabbert. The couple is currently in the process of moving back to Brazil to continue the family heritage. After obtaining her LLM from Northwestern University, she moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the World Bank. But today, she is working on going back to her father’s side to take over the MB Coffee Group.
“I have a lot to learn from my father as he has over 50 years of experience in this industry,” says Fernanda. Indeed, it is not easy to run two farms in Sao Paulo and Santo Antonio, raising over five million coffee plants. Fernanda hopes to continue the family’s dedication to sustainability and the unparalleled work ethic possessed by the MB Coffee Group and its people.
For MB Coffee Group, its employees are more than just workers. Being a part of the company for many generations as well, these people have played critical roles in the success of the business and have become an extension of the de Barros family.
With 2020 taking a hit from the pandemic, the company is happy to see that the commodity pricing seems to be back on the rise. With that, the company is confident that the family legacy will continue to be prosperous for many more generations.
Pursuing her natural affinity for coffee as the soon-to-be leader of MB Coffee Group, Fernanda also learned the coffee process and opened a roasted coffee company, MB Coffee, in the United States. Her company has partnered with WholeFoods, Sam’s Club, HEB, Walmart, and Amazon. This coffee group has worked with well-known clients such as Starbucks, Nescafe, Nespresso, Illy, and many other known coffee brands.
Moreover, the MB Coffee Group takes pride in its countless certifications in the coffee industry, including Nespresso, 4C’s, Alta Mogiana, SCA, AMCS, UTZ, and Rainforest Alliance, among others. At present, the company continues to aim for greater heights in the national and international coffee markets.
Learn more about MB Coffee Group by visiting its website.