OUR STORY

How it all began

Almacenes Barragán Espinar, specializing in the distribution
1969 en verde

ALMACENES BARRAGÁN ESPINAR
DISTRIBUTION ESTABLISHED

In 1969 José Barrragán Rabaneda and Angustias Espinar Ramos opened the doors of Almacenes Barragán Espinar S.L. in Granada, specializing in the distribution of sweets, confectionery, nuts and snacks.

Maqueta de la nave de Tostaderos Sol de Alba en amarillo y verde
1978 en verde

TOSTADEROS SOL DE ALBA MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHED

In 1978 we expanded our business beginning to manufacture our own nuts and snack foods, which we began to distribute directly through Almacenes Barragán Espinar and through other partners across the domestic market.

1990 - Actividad Ceuta y Melilla
1990 en verde

EXPORT ACTIVITY BEGINS

The time has come to open our doors to the international market. We initiate cooperation with our distributors in Ceuta and Melilla, thanks to them our products become successful across the Moroccan border.

 

Diseño de paquete de Pipas de la Paz azul y detrás algunas pipas de girasol
1991 en verde

LAUNCH OF ‘PIPAS DE LA PAZ’ SUNFLOWER BRAND

In 1991 we began to expand our our catalog, offering the consumer different varieties and new formats. The Pipas de la Paz Brand is born, which will accompany us throughout our trajectory in both the domestic and international markets.

Paquete de Potaje en rojo y detrás mezclas de frutos secos
1992 en verde

LAUNCH OF ‘POTAJE’ NUT MIX BRAND.

Following the trend of expanding our catalog with the aim of giving more options to our consumers, we present to the market our first mix Potaje seed and nut mix.

 

1996 en verde

EXPORT ACTIVITY EXPANDS TO EUROPE

Our products were already distributed throughout much of the domestic Spanish market and we were also beginning to expand our presence in Morocco through our partners in Ceuta and Melilla. In 1996 we expanded our reach and began our export activity in Europe through the first order shipped to the Netherlands.

1997 - exportación Marruecos
1997 en verde

DIRECT EXPORT TO MOROCCO

It is time to make the leap to Africa. Thanks to the work via Ceuta and Melilla, demand for our products increases across the border, so in 1997 we decided to begin exporting directly to Morocco.

 

logo plan PIPE en un marco verde y delante 4 maní
1998 en verde

‘P.I.P.E.’ EXPORT DEVELOPMENT PLAN BEGINS

After having begun our export activity in Europe and Africa, we observed that our products are highly valued abroad and we decided to start the government backed Plan for Initiating International Development (Plan de Iniciación a la Promoción Exterior or P.I.P.E. in Spanish Language) to enhance commercial development through exports.

2000 en verde

CREATION OF EXPORT DEPARTMENT

In 2000, after having joined P.I.P.E. and having some experience in exports to Europe and Africa, we decided to professionalize our export efforts and created a specific department to this end.

 

2001 en verde

ISO 9001:2000 CERTIFICATION

We obtain the ISO 9001:2000 certification, a standard of Quality Management Systems (QMS) allowing us to improve our products and services.

2003 - mockup Pipas Dakota
2003 en verde

LAUNCH OF ‘DAKOTA’ SUNFLOWER BRAND

In 2003 we resumed the expansion of our product catalog and launched Dakota brand sunflower seeds. We introduced a new sunflower seed variety that would become our star brand in both the domestic and international markets.

 

2011 en verde

KOSHER CERTIFICATION

In 2011 we obtained Kosher certification guaranteeing our products are suitable according to Jewish dietary standards.

 

2012 en verde

SUBSIDIARY IN MEXICO

After initiating exports to the Americas, we opened a commercial office in Mexico to support our Spain-based Export Department.

2014 - mockup Pipas Calentitas
2014 en verde

LAUNCH OF ‘CALENTITAS’ MICROVAVE SUNFLOWER SNACKS

In our continuing effort to expand our catalog and of constant innovation offering novelties to our end consumers, we launched Calentitas Brand sunflower snacks to microwave at home in just a few minutes.

 

2016 en verde

INNOVATIVE SME AWARD

Following the launch of Calentitas and given our philosophy of seeking constant innovation and improvement, in 2016 we obtained the INNOVATIVE SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprise) seal awarded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

2018 - mockup Pipas Granaínas
2018 en verde

LAUNCH OF ‘GRANAÍNAS’ SUNFLOWER BRAND

After more than 40 years of history, we wanted to pay tribute to the city where our work is possible, our people, our land: GRANADA. For that reason we decided to launch Granaínas, a brand that has become our hallmark.

 

2019 - Halal
2019 en verde

HALAL CERTIFICATION

Given our strong presence in Morocco and other Muslim countries, we obtained Halal Certification guaranteeing our products are suitable for Muslim dietary standards.

Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram