Philosophy

As the genuine protagonists of a business project, our activity is based on commitment to our community and our country, on care for the environment and improving living conditions of the men and women who make what we do possible by contributing their efforts every day.
This is why people are our most important asset and the world is our market.
In order to produce natural foods that will help improve quality of life for our customers, all our production processes are monitored and we stand unreservedly behind the philosophy of social commitment that inspired all the actions of our founder, Adrián Pascual Urquía.

Strategic Alignments

Aceitera General Deheza (AGD) is a purely Argentine privately owned company that, with strong conviction, stakes its efforts in the development and production of the agricultural-industrial sector as a way of meeting growing global demand and projecting the company towards the future. Correspondingly, it carries out every stage of the production process, from farming to crushing of oilseeds up to producing ISO 9001 certified finished products. It is a solidly constituted firm with a high-tech competitive profile in the dynamic scenario of agri-business, uniquely identified by its several features of integration, diversification and high technology. Thus, for AGD the logistic chain has become the key strategic element to optimize its high productivity equation, allowing it to operate with high efficiency in the Argentine and global markets.
Our business goal is constant growth, a platform based on seven “pillars of strategy”:

 

The development of a solid logistics structure.
One of the basic factors in the dizzying development of AGD group is the handling of logistics, designed so as to integrate the functioning of all the different areas of the company. The constant expansion of exports made an efficient port facility an essential objective. Thus, in association with other firms, AGD jointly owns the ports Terminal 6 S.A. located in General San Martín Port, and Guide S.A., in the Rosario area, both in Santa Fe Province.

The logistics scheme was completed with a fundamental link: the rail transport service for own and third-party goods by the Nuevo Central Argentino (NCA) railroad system, linking the provinces of Tucumán, Santiago del Estero, Córdoba, Santa Fe and Buenos Aires, the concession being managed by AGD in association with other business holdings.

 

Profit reinvestment.
AGD was born from the idea, efforts and enterprising spirit of one of the main protagonists of Argentina’s business history. He started up in business with a modest industrial facility whose second-hand machinery had been totally refurbished with the support of the combined efforts and commitment of 19 partners and 30 workers that believed in the ability of the Argentine provinces to contribute towards building a solid national economy and a mature society.

This way of viewing the future of a town, a province and a nation was the basis of a business policy that favored profit reinvestment over easy profits or the “culture” favoring handouts and earnings from rentals.

This, and none other, was one of the main keys to the growth and success of this business that today is present not only in Argentina, but practically all over the world.

Qualification

Qualified Human Resources.
AGD management is convinced that the main asset of any company is its people. Based on this premise, it encourages the development and qualification of its human resources so that they can share the philosophy that has inspired the company's policy over the last 69 years. It permanently invests in training its over 2500 employees, while it promotes programs to increase their living standard particularly in the areas of housing, education and health. AGD has reached a high standard of professionalism in its staff, and constantly offers staff members access to higher management positions within the group under a teamwork-oriented leadership philosophy.  

 

Integration

The integration of production processes.
AGD group is an integrated agricultural-industrial complex, ruled by a matrix-type organizational framework whose target is the achieving of the highest possible level of management efficiency.

Thus, organized into its four business units - Grains and Oilseeds, Peanuts, Brands and Agricultural and Livestock Exploitation -and in association with eight more companies - Terminal 6 S.A., T6 Industrial, Guide S.A., Nuevo Central Argentino S.A., Graneles Andinos S.A., Cerealista Moldes S.A., Barbero Cereales S.A and Agroaval S.G.R. - it has managed to integrate all the stages of production, ranging from farming of its own lands or in association with farmers up to the processing of raw materials, finished products, rail transport and export shipments.

 

Supplying

Seed Origination.
Within the guidelines of AGD there is a strong belief in the need to guarantee permanent supply and storage of raw materials so as to achieve the greatest possible process efficiency.

Thus, the overall working methodology enables supply of the major part of the seed from owned or rented lands or lands in prime Argentine production areas exploited under partnership schemes with third parties, leading to a wide and efficient origination network for oilseeds that effectively guarantees supply.

Innovation

Technology innovation.
From the start, AGD staked its efforts in ongoing technology innovation, convinced of the need to adapt its processes to the cost and production requirements that an industry must meet in order to be competitive. To do this, over the years it expanded and modernized its installed production capacity, both in its industrial plants and storage facilities as well as in techniques and last-generation equipment.

This currently valid viewpoint is strongly adopted by those who today form part of AGD’s management team.

Vocation

A real competitive vocation.
From the date of its founding in 1948 up to present times, AGD has faced constantly changing conditions in the sector, the Argentine economy and the world market. Its protagonists sharply noticed the need for being flexible where the raw material supply is availabe, and of adapting processes, costs and productivity required by this activity to be competitive.

Thus, they were convinced that the natural comparative advantages of the local countryside had to be enhanced through an integrated, modern and competitive agricultural industry. Currently this premise remains valid, orienting the daily decisions of the oilseed processing company in the sense of promoting stronger competitiveness by diversifying its business and business-related activity with greater added value.