Antonia Cruells, known as the grandmother of the Litoral stew, died last Sunday at her home in Sant Martí de Centelles (Barcelona) and will be buried this Wednesday, according to reports The newspaper. The woman, who became known nationally thanks to the ads of this brand of cooked vegetables, was alone when she died. Her relatives found her dead at home, after they spent several hours without knowing anything about her.
The woman became popular in Catalonia thanks to the appearance on a radio program in 2004 in which some friends wanted to congratulate her on her birthday. His speech prompted him to start appearing once a week on the airwaves and later on a program on a Catalan television. It was as well as it caught the attention of the publicists in charge of the announcements of Litoral, that made of her a popular personage.
Cruells was one of the five women who put face to the old woman of the brand of vegetables since 1994. Emilia Ortiz, the fifth actress who embodied the character, found out last year of that data in the filming of the announcement made in Madrid in January 2017. "What happened to the previous one, who died?" He asked. "Yes, to eat so much fabada", joked one of the technicians.
The Litoral brand, held by Nestlé since 1985, born in the fishing district of Cimadevilla, in Gijón, in 1942. The name chosen for preserves had to do with its connection with the sea, since at the beginning they were dedicated to making fish cans. The canned fabada was successful and its greatest demand in Cuba, where resided an important colony of Asturian emigrants. From the island, Litoral was expanding throughout America. Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Venezuela were the countries where fabada was mainly sold. It was later when it began to triumph in Spain, to the point that in 1963 the company moved to the Asturian village of Tremañes (today part of Gijón), where he still continues to produce tin cans.