Founded in 1987 by Pablo and Maria Luisa Garcia-Morera, Espa-Fil Import Export Corp. stemmed from the desire to introduce the best of Spanish and other European food products to the Philippines. Espa-Fil began its operations in the bustling commercial district of Sta. Cruz, Manila. The first products Espa-Fil introduced were canned fruits and vegetables by well-known Spanish brand, Molinera. Olive oils and canned tomatoes by the same brand soon followed, and since then have become staples in many Filipino kitchens.
After the success of Molinera, Espa-Fil began importing several other products such as juices by Don Simon, and wines from J. Garcia Carreon. Espa-Fil’s own brand, Capri, has also been well received by consumers, restaurants, and hotels all over the Philippines. 6 years after its establishment, Espa-Fil outgrew its home in Sta. Cruz and in 1993, transferred to its current location at #5 Cordillera St., Mandaluyong City.
Patience, determination and vision fueled the ever-increasing momentum of Espa-Fil. With its workforce expanding from 3 to more than 80, Espa-Fil currently has 3 warehouses to accommodate its stockpile of around 300 different items. Primarily importing only Spanish food products, Espa-Fil has, through the years, developed a wider array of products. Although Spain is still the dominant supplier, some products now come from other European countries such as Italy and France.
Espa-Fil celebrated its milestone 30th year of operation in September 2017.