Bemol and Fogas are companies founded by the Benchimol brothers (Isaac, Samuel, and Saul) over 70 years ago.
Bemol is an eletronics and home goods retailer with 19 stores and Fogas is a propane (cooking gas) distribution company with over one thousand resellers. They are currently managed by the second generation of family members, with 3 generations currently active. Both companies operate only in the Amazon region of northern Brazil, covering a landmass of over 3 million sq. km. (equivalent to 4.5x the size of Texas or 8.5x Germanys) and employing over 3 thousand people.
The visit will be hosted by family members at the main Bemol distribution center in Manaus, a modern facility of 22 thousand square meters of storage and operations, over 300 employees, and a store.
Grupo Simões has nearly 4,700 direct employees working in 15 seperate enterprises with a total Gross Income of US$ 1 billion.
70 years ago, Antonio de Andrade Simões founds Grupo Simões. He then partners with Petronio Augusto Pinheiro and Osmar Alves Pacífico, and together, they believe and bet on the development of the Amazon in a sustainable way through the generation of jobs and income, offering products and services to dozens of communities reached by their enterprises.
Today, after professionalizing the management, Grupo Simões is administered by the second generation of the Simões and Pinheiro families through the Administrative Counsel, where they dictate the directives for consolidated growth of the business, always focusing the future.
Brasil Norte Bebidas Manaus is the most modern carbonated soft drink factory in Northern Brazil, and the visit will be coordinated by members of the second and third generation, and executives of the company.
Their historical origins bind the Azevedo family to mineral extraction, such as gold and diamonds.
This led of course to start a business focused on marketing and manufacturing of jewelry, which had its heyday in the ‘80s. The Group has diversified and expanded, today working in promising businesses. In the segment of accessories for personal use, is Seculus Amazonia Ind. e Com S.A. as the management company of 9 brands of wristwatch, and 3 brands of bags and semi-luxury jewelry.
Abroad, the Group is in switzerland, with Seculus International, spreading the brand Seculus Swiss Made to more than 20 countries.The other companies operate in the sectors of: finance, real estate, civil construction,technology services and reforestation.