Our beginnings

28/11/22

Where it all began 

 

Jose Esteve Thomas was an artisinal spinner and weaver of cotton in Guisona, with the onslaught of the industrial revolution is Spain, he began supplying the product to the larger industrial players rather than transforming it himself. As of 1849, he defined himself as a comerciante de algodon in the commercial register of Barcelona.

 

His son Ramon would take over the business and travel extensively to the cotton producing areas of the world eventually incorporating Roosevelt & Esteve with offices in New York and Savannah in 1889. As the supply of cotton on the Atlantic coast was more and more consumed by the local industry, part of the family would move to New Orleans and in 1935 to Brazil. From New Orleans, the family would move again to Dallas and in 1948, to Mexico. In 1959, the Brazilian operation ventured into coffee and would expand into a global business during the 1980s, cocoa followed in the 1990s.

The Swiss office which would become the company's global headquarters was incorporated in 1967 to handle treasury and distribution into Europe, its main market at the time. Today, the company operates in more than 40 countries, sourcing and processing coffee, cotton and cocoa and is in the top tier of suppliers in its 3 core commodities.

 

At ECOM, our goal is to preserve our 170 years of market experience and family business heritage, we are committed to responsible leadership in the soft commodities industry. Our global operations rely on our wide footprint in local markets and our extensive knowledge of supply chain and risk management, farmer friendly procurement and client-focused distribution to create a valuable and profitable environment for all its stakeholders.

 

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