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09 February 2023

CASTRO Y GONZÁLEZ, the finest Iberian ham across the generations

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Castro y González was founded in 1910. It is a 100% family business, now managed by the fourth generation. Castro y González offers a very high-quality product thanks to the breeding of pure Iberian pigs which are fed in the field on acorns and grass.

In the 1970s, the family was in its second generation. Miguel González, the son-in-law of the founder, took over and updated the company by marketing his own brand, consolidating the company in the national market, increasing investment in facilities and machinery, modernizing production processes and increasing investment in marketing and advertising.

At this point, and from the 1990s onwards more intensely, the Castro y González family is committed to what today is their banner achievement: the vertical integration of the entire production process. The process begins on the farm with 100% company-owned Iberian mothers, where the reproduction of their pigs takes place –one of the first guarantees of the quality and consistency of all the Iberian products produced.

Currently, Miguel González continues to lead the family and manage the tasks on the farms where the pigs are raised. His two sons, Miguel and Aurelio, are responsible for the modernization of the firm.

The brand has thus undergone a profound aesthetic change that has launched it into the 21st century.

The landscape and the dehesa pastureland

The success of an Iberico Bellota Ham lies in the natural food it is fed on and in the space that each animal has to roam freely. Castro y González have between 30,000 and 40,000 Iberian pigs each year that feed on 30,000 hectares of land. The land is distributed throughout the meadows of Salamanca, Sierra Norte de Sevilla, Córdoba and South Extremadura.

Thanks to this large expanse of land, the company can ensure the quality of their products with a diet based exclusively on acorns and grass during the montanera period.

The products

Castro y González will present its three product lines: Bellota, Selección and Fusión, during Meat Attraction 2023, with its three main products types: Hams, Shoulder and Sausages.

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