Agriculture and food industry
In February 2018, the Board of Directors of OPUS GLOBAL made decision on portfolio enlargement, by which OPUS Group was supplemented with companies of significant potential. The consolidated Balance sheet total in 2020 accounted 26% of the portfolio.
Makai Szabolcs has been the head of the food division of OPUS GLOBAL Nyrt. since 30 November, and has also been the co-managing director of Kall Ingredients Kft., a subsidiary of the listed company. Makai Szabolcs graduated in agricultural economics and marketing.
For two decades, he held various management positions at the US multinational Cargill. Initially, he managed the feed business, then the Hungarian and Slovakian business of the cereals, oilseeds and inputs division. He was a member of Cargill’s global strategy team in Minneapolis, and from 2017 he worked in European management as Commercial Director and President – CEO of Cargill Magyarország Zrt. In 2019, he joined Talentis Agro Zrt. as CEO, which he has managed since then. Today, with its 14 production companies, the agricultural holding of Mészáros Corporate Group farms around 45,000 hectares.
Under his leadership, the company has completed a number of acquisitions of long-standing agricultural businesses, becoming an unavoidable player in the Hungarian agricultural sector. This summer, a new agricultural integrator, Agrolink, was launched with the participation of Talentis Agro, among others. Makai Szabolcs was also elected to the Rector’s Advisory Board of MATE (Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences) in November.
KALL Ingredients Kft.
KALL Ingredients Private Limited Liability Company (Kft.), a 100% Hungarian-owned maize processing company, produces high added-value food industry basic materials, and feed materials exclusively from GMO-free Hungarian maize. The factory is located near Szolnok, in the industrial area of Tiszapüspöki.
Building works of VIRESOL Private Limited Liability Company (Kft.), in the amount of 30 billion Hungarian Forints investment, were started in spring, 2017. The factory – being suitable for processing 250 thousand tons of cereal annually – started its operation in 2019. VIRESOL Kft. is going to produce starch, alcohol and feed for further processing for food, pharmacy and chemical industry by employing technologies of world-class.
Csabatáj Mezőgazdasági Zrt.
Csabatáj Agricultural Plc. forms the base for the agricultural OPUS Group portfolio and it provides employment opportunities for almost 100 people in Békés sub-region. The principal activity of the herein company is mixed farming, which means, within the agriculture, table egg production, cropping – winter wheat, forage maize, sunflower, green pea seeds basic materials – and other cropping services, which realize 15,000 tons of cereal trade on an annual basis.
In line with the EU requirements on animal welfare, the plant has almost 150 thousand of home-grown laying hens, of which annual product, approximately 40 million eggs, is being marketed and sold for partners. In compliance with future challenges and in line with the EU animal welfare requirements, the company has a new manure fermenter plant, and among its further developments storage facilities for manure covered construction and poultry rearing establishment reconstruction are included.