Aurora Alimentos president dies at 80

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Died this Sunday, 18, the president of Aurora Foods, Mário Lanznaster. The 80-year-old executive, who was in charge of the Santa Catarina agricultural cooperatives center since 2007, had been treating a liver tumor for two years. He died shortly after 4 am this Sunday at the Hospital da Unimed, in Chapeco, Aurora headquarters.

Born in 1940 and a trained agronomist, Lanznaster was also a pig farmer and has worked in the cooperative sector since the 1970s. After holding several positions in the segment, he was elected president of the Aurora Central Cooperative in 2007. Although ill, he worked normally in the office until the 11th of October.

He was also vice president of Federation of Industries of Santa Catarina (Fiesc).

Married for 50 years to Edirce Lanznaster, the executive had four children. The funeral for the executive will take place this Sunday at the Chapecó sports gym, starting at 12pm. The burial will take place at 17:30 in the Jardim do Eden cemetery.

Food giant

Aurora Alimentos, which operates in the cooperative regime, is one of the largest food companies in the country. Last year, it had gross revenue of R $ 10.9 billion, of which about a third of this total (R $ 3.27 billion) came from exports. In 2019, the company’s external sales grew 46% over the previous year. The main segments of Santa Catarina are pork, poultry and dairy products.

The company has more than 30 thousand employees and, last year, announced an investment program in the order of R $ 400 million for 2020.

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