José Manuel Sirvent, new chairman of the TDC

José Manuel Sirvent, chairman of the agri-food group, Confectionary Holding (owner of the brands, 1880, Doña Jimena, El Lobo and Imperial Toledana), has been unanimously elected as new chairman of the Valencian Association of Nougat, Derivatives, and Chocolate Manufacturers (TDC).

TDC is currently made up of 27 companies manufacturing nougat, marzipan, and chocolate and specialising in industrial processes with almonds and other derivatives in the Valencian Autonomous Community. The member companies generate an aggregate turnover of €1.2 billion, and 20% of their production is sold abroad, most of it in North and South America.

José Manuel Sirvent, tenth generation of one of the most representative companies in the Christmas fare sector, and with a long track record in the business, is to take over from Jesús Pérez Llácer.

The new chairman TDC is thrilled to be taking on his new role, which he will combine with his responsibilities running the Confectionary Holding Group.

José Manuel Sirvent has thanked all TDC members for the trust they have placed in him to take over the job as chairman, and he has highlighted as one of the sector’s main challenges “the passing on to the consumer of the positive nutritional values of nougat and chocolate products and their derivatives as part of the Mediterranean diet, and winning Government support for this”.


About TDC

Founded in 1997, the Valencian Association of Nougat, Derivatives, and Chocolate Manufacturers has as its mission the representation, coordination, defence, and promotion, as well as the training and advising of its members. The institution’s Secretary General is D. Federico Monconill Gallo, professional with an extensive track record in the management of corporate interests in the sector.

TDC is a member of the Joint Commission for the Collective Bargaining Round Table of Spain’s nougat and marzipan manufacturers. What is more, it is the natural sponsor of the Jijona Nougat Foundation and it has a permanent mandate for investigating and reforming the sector’s Health & Safety Regulation.

TDC is also a member of the International Association, THE CHOCOALTE WAY, which was established in 2014 to promote, protect, and boost recognition of the heritage, artistic, historic, cultural, material and immaterial value linked to cacao and chocolate production in Europe.






The latest trends in the world of 4.0, business strategy, and supply chains.

Confectionary Holding, the agri-foodstuffs group specialising in Christmas fare, analysed the latest trends in the digitalisation of businesses and their supply chains during its participation in the third edition of E-Logistics Networking held today in Madrid.

According to Andrés Cortijos, Confectionary Holding’s CEO and member of the Spanish think-tank CSCMP Spain Round Table, “companies need to adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution with a value chain that focuses on the consumer and by digitalising their supply chain processes.”

During his speech, Cortijos added that “we are at the beginning of what is regarded the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the technology revolution that is causing a shift in socio-economic and cultural patterns.”

In his view, “in this new scenario, it is the consumer who calls the shots”, and he went on to encourage companies to “prevent their competitiveness from being eroded by building 4.0 value-added chains”.

Regarding the supply chains, the CEO of Confectionary Holding stressed how he sees these evolving towards a more integral concept, the Value Chain, on which it will again be the consumer who calls many of the important shots.

He also stressed that there will be a dual aspect to the “Supply Chain”, with the “virtual” or “digital” part becoming increasingly important.  According to Cortijos, this is likely to give rise to new (previously unknown) partners, who will play vital roles, such as: technology providers, as guarantors that technology will be incorporated into our day to day in a competitive way, data science as a transformation mechanism for the huge amount of information available via the Big Data sources, in Smart Data, and in Systems and processes related to the cyber security protecting our networks and data, for example.

As an example of successful 4.0 projects in the industry, Andrés Cortijos drew attention to Confectionary Holding’s digital commitment, with its 1880, El Lobo, Doña Jimena, and Imperial Toledana brands.  He also underlined the growth opportunities available to those SMEs developing well defined strategic lines accompanied by the mechanisms that guarantee their sustainable implementation.

The third edition of E-Logistics Networking, under the name “Logística 4.0 – Smart Logistics and Big Data: the future of logistics” brought together logistics sector and supply chain experts.