HISTORY

At the age of 17, young Raimondo left Smyrna, his hometown in Western Turkey and one of the most important cities in the Mediterranean. The year was 1918 and like many other immigrants, he left his hometown searching for better opportunities in the New World, leaving behind a shredded Europe in the aftermath of the First World War.

He set off to Brazil where, overcoming challenges, he quickly became involved with the coffee trade in the Paraíba Valley. His commitment and passion for coffee, which was the largest Brazilian export product at the time, led him to become a great specialist in the coffee sector after less than 15 years in the country.

In 1933, Raimondo was hired by Fincoffee Company, where over the years he gained extensive experience in the green coffee international export sector.

In the following years, Raimondo passed on to his son Aron not only his knowledge but also his passion for coffee. Keeping up with his father’s entrepreneurial spirit, in 1969 Aron acquires Comexim, a coffee trade company founded in 1960 and turns it into a thriving family business. Currently the company is managed by the third and fourth generations of the family, who are taking forward Raimondo’s legacy and making Comexim one of the major Brazilian exporters.

Coffee Stock Market and the shipping of coffee in the port of Santos, SP, 1925.

Timeline


  • 1918

    Raimondo arrives in Brazil and starts working in the green coffee export sector.
  • 1969

    The family purchases Comexim, a traditional company in the coffee sector, and takes over the business.
  • 1991

    The third generation of the family joins the management team and gives new momentum to the company, installing a coffee grain purchase office in Ouro Fino (MG) and renting a warehouse with a monthly capacity of sorting six thousand 60 kg bags.
  • 1995

    A new 3,500 m2 company owned warehouse starts operating.
  • 2000

    As part of the Group's activities diversification, Comexim opens its own transport company.
  • 2010

    The transport company expands its fleet, using its own trucks and hiring vehicles from service providers.
  • 2011

    A year of many achievements for the company: record sales, with a 50% increase over the last 5 years, and a 35% export record of coffee awarded with sustainability certifications.
  • 2014

    Comexim starts operating in the specialty coffee market, investing in hiring and graduating professionals with Q-Grader Certification to meet the constant changes in this increasingly growing market.
  • 2015

    Increase in DDP, DAT and EXW sales.
  • 2016

    The company obtains certification for its organic coffees.
  • 2017

    Business expansion: opening of Comexim USA, with an office in the New York State. Launch of the Ouro de Minas Special Coffees Project.
  • 2018

    Following the trend of getting closer to production centers, Comexim opens a modern purchasing unit in Varginha, MG, Brazil.
  • 2020

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    Significant warehouse expansion from 150,000 stored bags to 250,000 bags.
    The storage area was increased by 2,900 m2, going from 7,214 m2 to 10,114 m2. Start of the "WMS" project, a warehouse management system that allows greater agility in internal movements, as well as greater accuracy in lot information, location and stock balances.
    Comexim celebrates its 60th anniversary with great pride for having contributed to the growth of the coffee export market.
  • 2021

    Business expansion: opening of Comexim Europe with an office in Hamburg, Germany, and presence in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mission, Vision, and Values that make
the greatness of a company

Code of Conduct

100% Brazilian and well aware of its responsibility regarding the different communities it belongs to, Comexim has prepared this Code of Conduct with the objective of guiding its collaborators, suppliers, and business partners regarding its ethical, environmental, and social policy.

The objective is to contribute to the sustainable development of the coffee chain in a manner consistent with our values.

Our rules of conduct

Institutional

Comply with the Brazilian laws.

Prohibiting internally any discrimination of race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.

Zero tolerance regarding any practice of moral and/or sexual harassment.

Do not allow any unethical practice to obtain any unethical benefit.

Comply with the anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws.

Labor

Having a labor policy in accordance with the Brazilian Consolidation of Labor Laws (CLT).

Hiring no workers under the age of eighteen, except apprentices, for whom legislation allow the age of sixteen, and students.

Every worker has the right to join the union of his or her professional category.

Forbid work analogous to slavery, child labor, and unsafe conditions.

No pregnant or breastfeeding woman shall be dismissed, except in cases of fair reasons for dismissal. Pregnant women shall not be subjected to heavy work or exposed to contact with agrochemicals or any product that can harm their health.

Compliance with the zero-accidents goal must be ensured.

Providing individual safety equipment (IPE) to all employees who need it and ensure its mandatory use.

Each and every worker will be properly trained and made aware of the activities he/she will be performing.

Environment

Ensuring the rational use of water resources.

Avoiding the release of pollutants.

Promoting waste management through a recycling program, guaranteeing proper disposal.

Encouraging and guiding the farmers to use the least quantity of pesticides in all their operations, fully complying with the current legislation.

Promoting constant training in the areas of technology, sustainability, property management, good agricultural practices, safety in the rural area, financing policies, and resources attainment, among others.

Preventing any form of deforestation in protected areas and encouraging reforestation in degraded areas.

Orienting Comexim’s coffee producers about good practices associated with the environment, with the objective of preserving biodiversity.

Obtaining and complying with the environmental legislation, keeping certifications up-to-date.

Guiding partners about the impacts caused by hunting, fishing, logging, extraction, capturing endangered species, deforestation, and the practice of burning, respecting the National Environmental Legislation in force.

The Comexim's Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that this Code of Conduct is disseminated to employees, suppliers, business partners and published on the company's website.