Odebrecht Agroindustrial focuses on the production and sale of ethanol and sugar, supplying both the Brazilian and international markets, as well as electrical energy generated through biomass and sugar. The company cultivates and harvests 22.5 million tons of 100% mechanized sugarcane and handles the preparation of the soil and choice of suitable varieties, as well as the final production, sale and delivery of the products.
Its business model is based on the development of agroindustrial centers that unite technology and scale, thus combining competitiveness and sustainability. It has already invested R$ 9 billion in nine units located in four Brazilian states: São Paulo, Goiás, Mato Grosso, and Mato Grosso do Sul. Together, these units have an installed capacity to mill 40 million tons of sugarcane and produce three billion liters of ethanol, 700,000 tons of sugar and 3,100 GWh of electrical power.
A partnership with the Danish company Inbicon has made it possible to accelerate the development of technologies for the production of second generation ethanol from straw and the bagasse plant.
Consisting of more than 17,000 members, Odebrecht Agroindustrial has the following shareholder makeup: Odebrecht Agroinvestimentos (69.1%), BNDESPAR (14.4%), Ashmore (13.1%), and Tarpon Investimentos (2.4%).
Odebrecht Agroindustrial was awarded the Child-Friendly Company Seal, granted by the Abrinq Foundation. It was also recognized for the Best Social and Environmental Practices in the Sector for its Social Energy for Local Sustainability Program, awarded by the Sugarcane Industry Association.
Aware of industry trends and confident in the potential for business growth and the competitive advantages of Brazil, in 2007 the Group began operations in the biomass-based ethanol, sugar and electrical energy business.
The company, named ETH Bioenergia, acquired its first unit, Alcídia, that same year. In 2008, it purchased its second unit, the Eldorado Unit, and the following year it opened an additional three: Rio Claro, Santa Luiza (photo) and Conquista do Pontal. Between 2010 and 2011, the Morro Vermelho, Água Emendada, Alto Taquari, and Costa Rica Units were opened, making a total of nine units distributed across five different centers.
Given the significant growth in the number of members, the company made a commitment to human development and pushed for the consolidation of a partnership with the National Industrial Apprenticeship Service (SENAI) in the cities in which it operates.
In 2013, the business became Odebrecht Agroindustrial, acquiring a new brand.