The Chamber of Elvas (Portalegre) presented, this Sunday, a vote of condolence “in honor of the life and memory” of businessman Rui Nabeiro, founder of Grupo Nabeiro – Delta Cafés, and decreed three days of municipal mourning.
In a note sent to the Lusa agency, signed by the mayor of the municipality, José Rondão de Almeida, it indicates that the three days of municipal mourning extend until Tuesday.
Businessman Rui Nabeiro, founder of Grupo Nabeiro – Delta Cafés, died today at the age of 91, a victim of illness, at Hospital da Luz, in Lisbon, a source for the group told Lusa.
“It is with deep regret that the Nabeiro family informs that, today, March 19, Commander Manuel Rui Azinhais Nabeiro, president and founder of the Nabeiro Group — Delta Cafés”, can be read in a statement sent by the group.
Commander Rui Nabeiro “was hospitalized at Hospital da Luz, due to respiratory problems”, added the same source, referring that “the date and program of the funeral will be communicated in due course”.
The Câmara de Elvas also underlines in the note that “the work, resilience, the love of his land, and his work ethic” will be “forever remembered” by those who knew the businessman.
“We cannot forget the countless moments in which he was a partner of the Municipality of Elvas, as well as the investment he made in our municipality, and it is with deep sadness and dismay that we receive the news of his death”, can be read in the document.
Manuel Rui Azinhais Nabeiro was born on March 28, 1931, in Campo Maior, in the district of Portalegre.
“The entrepreneurial spirit and his work ethic were always present in the decisive moments of his life”, can be read in the statement.
In 1961, he created Delta Cafés, “giving rise to a business group that today leads the coffee market in Portugal” and is “expanding strongly in international markets”, highlighted the business group.
“The entire Delta family is deeply saddened by this loss and extends sincere condolences to all those who also today lost a great friend,” the statement said.
“We are all committed to continuing his legacy and honoring his vision, continuing to produce the best coffee in the world, supporting local communities and promoting sustainability”, he adds.