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Compañia Comercial Herdez is established in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, as a distributor of toiletries and personal hygiene products.

In 1918 Don Ignacio Hernández del Castillo, with only 24 years old, founded his first company in San Luis Potosí: La Razón newspaper. Without much experience in journalism, but a natural skill for business matters, his publication was recognized by its sales and promotion activities, as well as his philanthropic initiative with fundraising.

Don Ignacio Hernández del Castillo joins the Company in 1929 as Sales Manager, responsible for imports and supplier relations. His vision and optimism lead him to become the owner of the Company in 1933.

Pioneer in the area of creative marketing, Herdez develops sales and advertising programs in order to tackle an uncertain economic outlook.

In 1945, the sons of Don Ignacio, Enrique and Ignacio Hernández Pons, join the Company and take responsibility for sales, manufacturing and warehouse operations.

The year 1947 sees the creation of the first strategic alliance of the Company, McCormick de México, in partnership with McCormick & Company. The family recipe, which added lime juice to mayonnaise, turns McCormick mayonnaise into the market leader in Mexico.

The Company is one of the leading distribution firms in Mexico, selling local and internationally renowned brands and products throughout the country. The size of its operations and sales double.

Being a young man of only 21 years old, Don Enrique "El Duque" Hernández-Pons assumes the leadership of the company his father bought in 1933. Thus, along with his brother Ignacio, founds the Herdez Company in 1961.

In 1962, the Hernández-Pons brothers create their own line of products under the Herdez brand. The Company enters the mushrooms, peas, tomato concentrate and shrimp categories.

To promote the brand, they decide to sponsor the variety show “Domingos Herdez”, a nationally broadcast TV show that aired for 12 years.

The phrase “Con toda confianza…es Herdez” is born.

Enrique Hernández-Pons becomes the Chairman of the Company.

Upon buying the Doña María factory, Herdez becomes the first company to produce mole on an industrial scale.

The Company develops a strategy to begin exporting its products and changes its corporate name to Herdez, S.A de C.V.

The plants in San Luis Potosi and Ensenada are inaugurated.

Herdez enters the apiculture business with the acquisition of the Miel Carlota plant.

In 1987, Fundación Herdez is created with the commitment to contribute and disseminate new food possibilities in Mexico.

In 1991, Grupo Herdez, S.A. de C.V. is established and an Initial Public Offering is made on the Mexican Stock Exchange.

With the acquisition of Grupo Búfalo, the Company innovates in the bottling in iconic glass jars.

Grupo Herdez buys Pescados de Chiapas, thus entering the tuna fish category.

Enrique and Héctor Hernández Pons Torres, sons of Don Enrique Hernández-Pons, become Chairman and Vice President of the Company.

In association with Barilla, Barilla México is born and the Company begins to produce and sell kinds of pasta in the Mexican market.

In 2004, Héctor Hernández Pons Torres becomes Chairman and CEO of the Company. In 2008, Herdez Del Fuerte is created in association with Grupo Kuo. A year later, MegaMex –a subsidiary with operations in the United States- is established in order to consolidate the Mexican food portfolio in this market.

MegaMex strengthens its portfolio with the acquisition of Don Miguel and Fresherized Foods in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Grupo Herdez enters into an association with Aires de Campo, a leading company in the sale of organic products in Mexico.

The Company acquires Grupo Nutrisa in 2013, thus extending its capabilities into the frozen foods category and positioning itself as a leader in the growing health and wellness segment in Mexico.

In 2014, Company sales exceed Ps. 14 billion and net income totals Ps. 1,500 million.

In 2015 Helados Nestlé assets become part of the frozen products division, reaching the kids and teens segment.

In 2015 Helados Nestlé assets become part of the frozen products division, reaching the kids and teens segment.

Among the notable investments in fixed assets was the modernization of the Los Mochis distribution center, the purchase of the “El Duque” tuna vessel and the opening of 58 Nutrisa stores.

In 2016 received three recognitions:

  • purchase recommendation in the Convenience Store Decisions magazine for our Don Miguel® The Bomb Chipotle Chicken Burrito.
  • The Captain award in the Ethnic Food category from the Progressive Grocer magazine.

We were selected as best food supplier by Sam’s Club, and Walmart Mexico and Central America named Grupo Herdez the best supplier of the year.

In 2017, the success of the Herdez “Presume tu Salsa” (Show off your Salsa) campaign was particularly remarkable, recognized with an Effie Award and creating five new Herdez salsas —made to reclaim the essence of our country’s regional flavors through the recipes of our end consumers—. We were also chosen as the best supplier for the H-E-B chain and as the best supplier in Innovation in Marketing Plans by the National Wholesale Grocers Association (Asociación Nacional de Mayoristas Abarroteros).