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About Avianense

A centennial history of an unparalleled flavor.

Avianense is one of the oldest Portuguese companies working continuously in the production of chocolates, presenting itself as a reference in the national and international market. Founded in 1914, initially in Viana do Castelo, the history of Avianense tells us a path of success that goes beyond the universe of chocolate. Today, it is a delicious world of possibilities, where several desires to innovate are awakened, with tradition serving as a starting point.

Our History

1914

Avianense was founded in 1914 by two partners, António Lima and João Felgueiras, who had a common dream: to create a chocolate factory. Viana do Castelo saw the birth of a small company in a building of which only the façade remains today, but where the chocolate production used to take place. Daily production reached 30 kilos of chocolate and the brand already had a dozen different products.

1934

After a period of great political instability that reflected on the economy of several national companies, Avianense's success remained solid, opening doors to a new branch: coffee roasting. With the growth of the brand, it was necessary to expand the facilities of the factory - which at this time worked twenty-four hours a day.

1940

The brand's commercial table is updated and Avianense adds new products to its portfolio: Tablets, Landim, Fim d'Ano, Lembrança de Viana, Leões, Pastas, João Ratão and Comemorativo.

1946

In order to facilitate the distribution of the products in the domestic market, warehouses are opened in Porto and Coimbra. Within four years, the brand announced the launch of new products, such as violas, bottles and the iconic Emperor chocolates.

1954

Avianense put on sale drawings of colored balls in "little boxes" with small holes, a milestone in the history of the brand. Later on, the famous large-format calendars advertising Avianense's products also appear.

1961

The founder of Avianense, António José Rodrigues Lima passes away, leaving a huge legacy of mastery and innovation.

2005

In 2005, when Luciano Maciel da Costa takes over the management of the company, Avianense settles in a new property located in Durrães (Barcelos), on a piece of land that was at the disposal of the Municipality. It is in these new facilities - still current - that the famous Bombom Avianense is produced, one of the highlights of the brand since then.

2008

The famous Bombom Avianense, made with dark chocolate, begins to be produced and has been one of the brand's highlights ever since.

2014

Avianense is the oldest Portuguese chocolate factory still in full activity. In 2014, the brand marked its centennial with the issue of a commemorative postcard and stamp. In connection with this milestone, the Portuguese Post Office also issued a stamp alluding to the important date.

2016

Currently, it is possible to learn more about the history of the brand, through a chronological journey at the Avianense Museum, located in the factory facilities in Durrães (Barcelos). The visit to the museum allows a perspective of the whole working process of the factory, passing through an auditorium, where a movie is projected to complete the Avianense narrative.