ECOM was founded in 1849 as a cotton trading business by Jose Esteve in Spain. Following the progression of cotton farming the Esteve family established itself in the US in 1885, in Brazil in 1935, in Mexico in 1948 and thereafter established ECOM to combine all commodity originating and merchandising operations. ECOM entered the coffee trade in 1951; the cocoa industry in 1991; and today operate in 35 countries, sourcing and processing coffee, cotton and cocoa. As of 2019, ECOM is one of the top two merchants in coffee, the largest coffee miller, and amongst the top four merchants in both cotton and cocoa, making ECOM a top tier participant in each of its core businesses.

With over 170 years of market experience and bearing family-owned values that persist today, ECOM is committed to responsible leadership in the soft commodities industry. Its global operations rely on extensive knowledge and experience in global and local markets, supply chain improvement, risk management and client-focused distribution to create a valuable and profitable environment for its suppliers, customers, shareholders and employees.

Today, ECOM’s operations span 35 offices globally and is a global leader in all of its core businesses – coffee, cotton and cocoa. ECOM is proud to be family-held, with the families of four brothers controlling 94% of the company.

The mercantile mentality of the Esteve family originates in Barcelona in the mid-19th century during the textile boom. From these origins, a trading company emerged in the United States that reached into Texas, Mexico and Brazil. In the mid-1960s the sales and business centre for Europe was established in Switzerland, where the headquarters today in Pully was founded.

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ECOM was founded in 1849 as a cotton trading business by Jose Esteve in Spain. Following the progression of cotton farming the Esteve family established itself in the US in 1885, in Brazil in 1935, in Mexico in 1948 and thereafter established ECOM to combine all commodity originating and merchandising operations. ECOM entered the coffee trade in 1951; the cocoa industry in 1991; and today operate in over 30 countries, sourcing and processing coffee, cotton and cocoa. As of 2019, ECOM ranks globally as one of the top two coffee merchants, the largest coffee miller, and amongst the top four merchants in both cotton and cocoa, making ECOM a top tier participant in each of its core businesses.