Armando Terza began his career in the 1960s, in a small town known as San Antonio de Areco, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He used to work in an important and highly developed industrial plant, which allowed him to become the biggest manufacturer of beehives and beekeeping equipment.
In fact, because of the strength of the materials that were used, some of the beehives are still in use today. The quality of the wood (which was imported in the first place) is what makes them so resistant. In time they started to be made from pine wood that came from his own forestry establishment in Colonia Delicia, Eldorado, Province of Misiones. The products were not only sold in the local market. They were also exported to United States and Germany, becoming very popular among the customers.
The business let him, along with his daughter Laura, meet a large quantity of beekeepers and people related to apiculture (honey collectors, researchers, among others). In time, these contacts became the primary source of honey suppliers for CIPSA.
Armando’s enterprising spirit also took him to regularly distribute a journal, “El Mensajero Apícola” (The Beekeeper Messenger), where different scientists and professionals had their chance to spread information about the handling and harmlessness of the product. It is remarkable that being the first honey exporter of the country in the late 80s and early 90s, his company already featured its own laboratory, very useful to detect adulteration and waste.
Looking back to the firm history and career, it is no surprise why Compañía Inversora Platense S.A. is among the two main honey exporters in Argentina.