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In 1935, Nicolau Kowalski, the son of Ukrainian immigrants, begins his entrepreneurial journey with a small potato and cereal business in Curitiba.

In less than 10 years, the seed germinates and the first Kowalski factory is installed in Apucarana, in the state of Paraná.

Over the following decades, Kowalski grows into one of the leading Brazilian producers of corn derivatives, and in 1990 it opens its second factory, in the heart of the country, in the state of Goiás.

In 2014 it becomes part of the Louis Dreyfus Company, an agricultural sector giant, and consolidates its leadership position in the sector. Learn more about the history of the brand on the timeline. 1935 – The entrepreneur Nicolau Kowalski, son of Ukrainian immigrants, opens a small potato and cereal business in Curitiba.

The entrepreneur Nicolau Kowalski, son of Ukrainian immigrants, opens a small potato and cereal business in Curitiba.

1935

Envisioning the potential in the North of Paraná, he decided to open a unit in Apucarana, where he started buying and selling beans.

1948

In the 1960s, the company began substituting beans with corn and, in 1963, Kowalski built a series of modern vertical concrete silos at a railroad and highway terminal to store the grain destined for both export and the domestic market.

1963

The company invests in cutting-edge technology for the industrialization of corn.

1975

Industrialization is expanded with the installation of two new extruders.

1980

The new factory for storing and processing corn opens in Rio Verde, state of Goiás.

1987-1990

A unit for exporting corn oil is installed at the industrial park in Apucarana.

1993

A new semi-humid degermination area for corn processing opens at the factory in Apucarana.

2002

Production capacity at the Rio Verde factory is doubled through the expansion of degermination and corn milling equipment.

2003

Kowalski is listed in the Exame magazine ranking among the Biggest & Best companies in Brazil.

2009

Kowalski becomes a brand of the Louis Dreyfus Company, world leader in the agricultural sector.

2014

FSSC 22000 certificate is obtained.

2019

The Kowalski brand takes on a new visual identity and establishes itself as one of the largest dry corn producers in Brazil.

2020

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