From small beginnings...
Sano's history starts in the year 1976 with the foundation of Sano-Milk in Grafenwald, Lower Bavaria. At this time the main focus of Sano Milk was on the distribution of milk replacers, later introducing mineral feed to their product range. It wasn’t uncommon for them to sell goods out of the car boot in the beginning days.
The foundations of the first Sano warehouse were laid in 1979 with production following in 1981 after Bernhard and Edeltraud Waldinger took over the management of the business.
The development of the Eastern Market began with the opening of the borders in 1990. In 1996, the Waldinger Family had to rebuild the entire production in Grafenwald within half a year, after a devastating fire demolished the site and in 1999 Sano built a second production site in Poland.
Richard Waldinger, son of Edeltraud and Bernhard Waldinger, took over the management position in 2003 and continued with the international expansion of the business. In the same year Sano opened a third production site in Popovaca, Croatia followed a year later with a new site in Novi Sad, Serbia and the foundation of the new office buildings and warehouse in Alexandrovac, Bosnia in 2005. The fifth Sano production site was built in Csem, Hungary in 2007 followed by Sano investing in a new grain and processing plant in Poland as well as a new production plant in Grafenwald, in 2008. In 2009 Sano laid a new foundation for its very own research and development facility - the Sano Agrar Institute in Poland. This distribution site is one of the leading dairy farms in Europe and allows Sano to develop and research new products and feeding concepts.
The first distribution site beyond Europe was built in China in 2009.This was followed by the foundation of the distribution site in Quito, Ecuador (2011), the business formation of Bionat-Sano in Mexico (2012), the new production site in South Africa (2012) and the new establishment of the distribution site in Chile (2015).