¿Who are we, and how did we get here?

The history of the Company known as Perez Zara Agricola began in 1982 in San Martin del Tesorillo, when IldeFonso Perez Moreno (Company Founder) and his eldest son began their search for high quality oranges for their resale in Conil de la Frontera. In their first year, they could only work with two citrus farms local to the area, and where supported initially by Miguel Martin who knew the area well, and helped orientate them in their new ventures. The following year, the volumes expanded and between them they opened up a multitude of new farms allowing the sales of IldeFonso to grow exponentially year by year. On the foundation of the citrus production in San Martin del Tesorillo, the business grew and in 1989, they opened up a logistics and warehousing facility via renting a location in El Secadero from Frutisol. One year later, the facility was moved to a warehouse known as “Ocaña,” where the business has been operating since the year 1999.

The citrus business at IldeFonso grew steadily and at the same time, the younger children in the family also started to get involved inspired by the dedication and innovation of their father, and they began to form a big family group of entrepreneurs. In 1994, Juan de Dios Perez Zara arrived in San Martin del Tesorillo to further develop the business and achieving that within 5 years, they acquired their very own warehouse which was purchased from Mercamon and forming what is now Perez Zara Agricola and furthermore, incorporating Laureano Mancha who was head of the warehouse of the exising company that occupied the warehouse at the time of acquisition. To this day, Laureano still runs the warehouse operation.

As the years past, the Company grew as did the personnel, like Esther who began as administrator in 2003 and still continues to this day. However in 2015, Juan de Dios and his two brothers Carmelo and Paco decided to give a further injection to the business and furthermore, the incorporation of Juan de Dios Perez Sanchez, the eldest son of Juan de Dios, who has grown up in the fruit world and with a lot of motivation to grow and develop the business and incorporate two new products with the idea to take the company outside Conil de La Frontera and into the export market.

El negocio de la naranja de Frutas Ildefonso crecía y al mismo tiempo lo hacía la propia empresa familiar en la que entraban los hijos menores de Ildefonso, que llegaban con muchas ganas de trabajar, crecer y convertir la creación de su padre en un gran grupo empresarial. De esta forma Juan de Dios Pérez Zara llega a San Martín del Tesorillo en el año 1994 tomando el relevo de su hermano Ildefonso y dando aceleración a la empresa que tan solo 5 años más tarde conseguiría adquirir la actual nave industrial que por aquel entonces pertenecía a Mercamon, fundando así oficialmente la filial Pérez Zara Agrícola e incorporando a otra pieza clave en la actual empresa como Laureano Mancha, jefe de almacén que ya militaba en la anterior sociedad que ocupada el almacén y que Juan de Dios decidió mantener en la actualidad.

Con el paso de los años todo el grupo Ildefonso fue creciendo e incorporando a parte del actual personal, como Esther que se incorporó como administrativa en el año 2003 y aún continua en su labor. Pero es en el año 2015 donde Juan de Dios y sus dos hermanos Carmelo y Paco deciden dar un impulso definitivo al grupo, sobre todo a Pérez Zara Agrícola, y para ello incorporan en la dirección de Pérez Zara a Juan de Dios Pérez Sánchez, hijo mayor de Juan de Dios, crecido en el ambiente frutero y como su padre en su día, con muchas ganas de crecer y hacer crecer a la empresa familiar por lo que le encargan la tarea de implantar en Pérez zara dos nuevos productos con los que seguir haciendo negocio y con los que propulsar la economía del grupo para sobrepasar todos los límites fijados hasta el momento.