The project was conceived in 2015, but this journey began decades ago, fostered by friendships and a burning desire to grow, and make a difference.
Nuno Battaglia and Jorge Grave were raised in Lagos, where they came to know the sea intimately, understanding that living off it requires hard work, patience, and grit. When Nuno returned home after 27 years abroad, having built a successful career in the United States, he arrived wanting to develop a project to revitalize the defunct fishing industry that once thrived here.
The place you grow up shapes you. I grew up here. The Sea was my home, my school, my temple. I must have been five or six years old when I put a mask on for the first time and jumped in the Sea. I was hooked! A passion that continues to this day.
The Sea fostered my curiosity, my ability to solve problems, to see new paths, to go farther, deeper. In the Sea I learned to see new opportunities—I learned entrepreneurship. In the Sea I made lifelong friends and business partners. And it was in the Sea where I developed respect for something greater than myself.
– Nuno Battaglia
CAREFULLY FISHED, HANDLED, PROCESSED, AND DISTRIBUTED, PRESERVING QUALITY. ALL YEAR.
Captured with care by experienced fishermen in Portuguese Atlantic waters
Compete globally through innovation and higher quality products that meet the demands of the most discerning seafood consumers
LONG LASTING PARTNERSHIPS
With the most representative fishermen’s associations and leading Portuguese sea management and research institutes
TRANSPARENCY AND RIGOUR
Through traceability systems, international certificates, and unannounced audits
Lead by example with social and environmental responsibility
CONGELAGOS BY THE NUMBERS
DAILY ICE PRODUCTION
Operate a best-in-class facility within the processing and freezing fish and cephalopods sector, that can compete both nationally and internationally, using advanced technologies and efficient production processes, while promoting environmental sustainability.
Develop new and innovative products with superior added value, ensuring sustainable management of fishery resources, promoting the use of undervalued species, streamlining their capture, processing, and marketing.
Compete internationally and win by ensuring that our products meet or exceed the quality standards of the most advanced seafood markets.
Stabilize prices through contracts with fishermen’s organizations, high capacity to process, and providing storage and logistical services to the industry, ensuring quality and reliability of supply.
Establish partnerships with the different value chain entities (fishermen, technology suppliers, universities, customers, and distributors), encouraging the sharing of knowledge, to promote efficiencies and quality.
Act with social and environmental responsibility, seeking opportunities for value maximization with sustainability and traceability throughout the value chain.
Our Vision is to catalyze the competitiveness of Congelagos, ensuring that products, internal processes, and partnerships are implemented with the highest levels of execution excellence and sustainability through certifications recognized in the markets we serve.
The Congelagos culture of quality promotes adherence to adopted standards and conformity to established, certified processes, with a focus on:
Safety at work
Integrated risk management
Continuous improvement centered on the PDCA (Plan Do Check Act) process.
ISO 22000 is a standard developed by the International Standards Organization that specifies a food safety management system. Food security is linked to the presence of food-borne risks in products. Given that risks can occur at any point in the food chain, it is essential that there is a joint effort by all constituent parts in that chain with a special emphasis on communication between entities. Congelagos was ISO 22000 certified in Oct 2020, shortly after its first year of operation.
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