In 1961, he created Delta Cafés. “In the Alentejo village of Campo Maior, in a small warehouse measuring 50 square meters and without great resources, it starts its activity with just two roasting balls with a capacity of 30 kg”, can be read on the company’s website, now 62 years old. history. “A Customer is a Friend” was Rui Nabeiro’s management philosophy, embodied in what Delta writes about itself, “A Brand with a Human Face” .
Before April 25, 1974, Rui Nabeiro was twice appointed mayor of Campo Maior City Council, in 1962 and 1972. He would return to the post in 1977, by universal suffrage, being re-elected twice and remaining in office until 1986.
Leader in the coffee market, he set up Novadelta in 1982 and, in 1984, created a new roasting factory, at the time the largest in the Iberian Peninsula. In 1988 he created the Nabeirogest holding, which brings together investments in the agricultural and wine sector, food and beverage distribution, automotive retail, real estate trade and hotels.
On June 9, 1995, Mário Soares, then President of the Republic, awarded him the rank of Commander of the Civil Order of Agricultural, Industrial and Commercial Merit, Industrial Class, and on January 5, 2006, in his presidency, Jorge Sampaio distinguished -o as Commander of the Order of Infante D. Henrique.
In 2007 he inaugurated the Alice Nabeiro Educational Center to respond to the extra-curricular needs of children in Campo Maior. With the sponsorship of Delta, the University of Évora created, in 2009, the Rui Nabeiro Chair, aimed at promoting research, teaching and scientific dissemination in the area of biodiversity.