Mariscos Gilmar opened its doors in Vilanova de Arousa in May 1998. It has been 25 years, then, since Antonio Gil Mouriño and Rosario Chaves Otero decided to start up a business with a clearly defined objective: to distribute raw octopus to restaurants throughout the area and to Galician establishments based in Madrid. This was the first step taken by this Arousan firm, which soon saw how things were changing: the market, the needs of its customers… Fortunately, the people in charge of this firm showed they were able to adapt to the demands of the times, and when the time came, they did not hesitate to enter “into the production of cooked octopus as an exclusive and star product, differentiating themselves by guaranteeing the quality of the final product”.

Now, the second generation of the family has joined a company that, by making a virtue of adapting to the times, has managed to continue growing. Because there came a time when it was necessary to look for new markets, to internationalise the offer, and that is what they did. At the moment, they point out with humour from the company, “the tentacles of Mariscos Gilmar extend to more than twenty countries around the world“. Its products are consumed in Portugal, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Poland, Italy, Greece, Malaysia, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, Australia, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica…

The firm acknowledges that this growth would not have been possible “without the good work and experience of its great team“. And, of course, the “loyalty and professionalism of its customers”.

Now, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary, Gilmar continues to work “with enthusiasm” on its new challenges: it wants to expand its facilities, increase its workforce and achieve the highest quality standards. “Gilmar is making steady progress in an ever-changing global market, with every effort to adapt to it”, but without losing sight of its key words: quality, service, tradition and family.

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