Get to know A Poveira

A Poveira’s preserves are of 100% Portuguese production.

The high quality of its products is a result of the fish quality and the production method.

Combining the traditional techniques to the most advanced manufacturing technology, A Poveira achieves the best product, with a wide variety of recipes.

A Poveira´s History

A Poveira is one of the oldest canned fish factories in Portugal (1938), located in Póvoa de Varzim (maritime city in the North of Portugal).

A Poveira positions itself in the industry as a high quality canned fish producer.

  • (1938)A Poveira was founded on June 16th and followed a French factory, the first to be created in Póvoa de Varzim in 1920.
  • (1945)The Portuguese canned fish sector saw a large growth during World War II and Poveira also benefited from this conjuncture. The Portuguese preserves supplied the armies in combat.
  • (1945 – 2003) The end of World War II meant a great drop in canned fish exports. After Portugal entered the EEC (1986) the industry had to go through a great effort to adapt, namely to new legal and phytosanitary dispositions; until 2003 A Poveira had gone through various critical periods of time.
  • (2003)A Poveira begins its factory modernization process
  • (2007)The construction of a new industrial unit starts, inaugurated on 2/01/2013
  • (2013) New Factory

Mission, Vision and Values


We apply the financial, human, and technical means at our disposal in the transformation of sustainable products, in order to have production and commercialization of canned fish that meet the expectations of our clients and consumers.

We contribute to the social development by creating jobs and looking after the professional, social and environmental balance, generating value and wealth for the whole community, employees, stakeholders, suppliers, clients and consumers.


To be the reference in the premium market nationally and internationally, preserving the best from the sea, with modernity and leading in innovation.


  • Team spirit fundamental to the success of the organization.
  • Transparency in our relation to the internal and external interested parties.
  • Rigor in the development of activities that assure the fulfillment of our vision.
  • Ambition in the establishment of performance goals.
  • Humility both in serving as well as in asking.

Management Policy

Aware of the importance of the Satisfaction of their Clients, the Society in General and for the Sustainable Development, A Poveira considers the continuous improvement, as well as the compliance of the legal and regulatory requisites applicable to the product, a determinant factor to guarantee the return of invested capital and the business sustainability.

Fábrica de Conservas A Poveira, S.A.’s Integrated Management Policy is based on values such as competence, honesty and transparency in the supply of safe products that meet the Client’s demands and the technical specification, not compromising their health and safety, thus assuring their satisfaction, set in principles of trust and rigor that guarantee competitive quality and food safety standards.

With this perspective, A Poveira:

  1. ​Invests in modern technologies, equipment, and infrastructures, that coupled with competent, motivated human resources, promote the continuous improvement of processes and the Integrated Management System, enhancing the company’s efficiency and performance.
  2. Establishes partnership and proximity relations with suppliers to assure the conformity, food safety and species protection that constitute raw materials, products, technologies, and services.
  3. Favors the training and experience of their workers, valuing and stimulating the innovation, incentivizing the participation and alignment of everyone and, thus, the personal fulfillment of each one.
  4. Assumes the environmental responsibility in the rational use of resources, controlling the various aspects of activities, in a way that environmental impact is minimized.
  5. ​Commits to producing safe products, in conformity with the agreed technical specifications and with the current law, guaranteeing the quality and authenticity of all products and preventing from food fraud.

The Administration Board assumes the responsibility for the success of this Management Policy as a relevant factor in the business sustainability.

our land

A Poveira is a Portuguese canned fish factory with its origins in Póvoa de Varzim since 1938. It’s a city of fishing and canned fish tradition which is reflected in our artisanal, traditional production with which we’ve become one of the first canned fish factories in Portugal.

And all this without leaving our environment, our culture and our canned fish tradition in Póvoa de Varzim, very close to Oporto, coast city with the Atlantic Ocean by it side. This gives us the wisdom to recognize the best fish and the know-how from people who, for centuries, have dedicated themselves to the making of the famous Portuguese preserves.
For all this, we are today one of the main canned fish factories in Portugal.


Our preserves are known worldwide for their quality and delicious taste. They’re produced with the best fish and according to the Portuguese traditional method.

The fish is selected and hand-prepared in order to obtain a product of superior quality.


BRC Global Standards Certification

IFS Certification 

Kosher Certification

Halal Certification

Dolphin Safe Certification

BIO Certification

Registration on Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

We also have the Blue Eco-label from MSC – Marine Stewardship Council, certification that assures the exclusive use of products from environmentally sustainable fishing, like the sardine purse seine fishing.