Cafe entrepreneur was hospitalized due to severe respiratory illness
Rui Nabeiro, founder of the Delta group, died at the age of 91, CNN Portugal found out.
The businessman was hospitalized due to a serious respiratory illness.
The grandson, and successor in the leadership of the Delta group, Rui Miguel Nabeiro, sent a message to workers this Saturday admitting the “seriousness of the situation”, despite “all the efforts” that were being undertaken by the medical team.
Rui Nabeiro was born on March 28, 1931 in Campo Maior, Alentejo.
“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, died at the age of 91”, the family confirmed minutes later in a statement.
The family recalls the “entrepreneurial spirit and his work ethic were always present in the decisive moments of his life”.
Rui Nabeiro created Delta in 1961. Over the last few decades the company has grown, exporting coffee to dozens of countries, to markets such as Angola, Cape Verde, the United States of America and Canada. The group, today led by grandson Rui Miguel Nabeiro, is also dedicated to other businesses such as wine or tourism.
“The entire Delta family is deeply saddened by this loss and extends sincere condolences to all those who also lost a great friend today. 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”, it is also highlighted in the statement.
Rui Nabeiro was hospitalized at Hospital da Luz, in Lisbon.
The Delta Group guarantees that, “in due time”, it will disclose the details about the date and program of the funeral ceremonies.