Group announces the acquisition of biocontrol programme specialist Agronologica as it becomes sole shareholder

Agronologica Unip. Lda. and Biobest have jointly announced the acquisition of Agronologica by Biobest.

Biobest Agronologica Portugal

Agronologica was founded by José Vanzeler de Melo in 2016 and has served growers in Portugal to successfully roll out biocontrol programmes, acting as a distributor for Biobest and providing technical advice.

According to Biobest, the acquisition will allow enhanced access to Biobest’s technical expertise, product portfolio and optimised logistics, while Biobest will also invest additional resources to strengthen the Agronologica organisation.

In addition, a name change to Biobest Portugal will take place, ”reflecting the strong integration of activities between Agronologica Lda and Biobest”.

“I am pleased to announce this transaction which allows Biobest to better serve the needs of the rapidly growing horticultural sector in Portugal,” said Jordi Portoles Peramo, managing director of Biobest Sistemas SLU.

”José together with his team members have a strong local network and are much appreciated by growers for the quality of their technical advice,” he continued. ”We value the work done by them to develop the use of biocontrol and to establish the Biobest brand in Portugal.”

José Vanzeler de Melo, founder of Agronologica, said he was happy to see the relationship with Biobest strengthened.

”My passion is to contribute to sustainable horticulture in Portugal by increasing the use of biological control and by delivering superior solutions and outstanding service to our growers,” he explained. ”The new context with Biobest ownership and commitment to invest creates plenty of opportunity to strengthen and develop our organisation.

”I and other Agronologica team members, we are all happy to become part of a bigger organisation with worldwide reach. We see ample opportunity to build on the synergies between Biobest operations in Portugal and Spain to deliver an even better service to Portuguese growers.”