Bimbo Colombia opened a new production plant and distribution center in Tenjo, in the Cundinamarca Department in Colombia after investing $86 million dollars in construction. According to a press release these facilities are located at kilometer 11.5 of the Medellin Highway in Bimbo’s Industrial Park, have a capacity of 8 tons per hour, four production lines to produce hamburger buns, snacks and puff-pastry buns–the latter a new category not previously introduced in Colombia– and will contribute with a major percentage to the 2017 sales.
The President of Bimbo Columbia, Fernando López, affirmed that these new facilities expand the production capacity to meet current demand. He also pointed out that 270 new direct jobs are created, adding to the 3,800 current job positions.
“From the beginning of our operations in the country in 1996, the Tenjo municipality and the local people have been very important for the company, since we built our first plant there, Tenjo I. Twenty years later, we continue ratifying our confidence in Colombia and in the region, with the opening of Tenjo II,” stated López.
Grupo Bimbo is a Mexican company, world leader in the baking industry with more than 70 years of history and presence in 24 countries in America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Bimbo has local brand recognition of 88% among Colombians, and has three strategic business units: Family Baked Products, Sweet Baked Products and Solutions, that experienced a double digit growth in 2016. That same year, a major percentage of sales came from innovation products and the company started making inroads in the frozen bread segment with the acquisition of the Panettiere company.
The close proximity of the two plants fosters logistics optimization, contributes to generate synergies, and facilitates the distribution process.
“The Tenjo II plant is already making Grupo Bimbo very proud, and our commitment is to continue working every day to fulfill the purpose stated in our philosophy: to build a sustainable, highly productive and fully humane company”, affirmed Mr. Daniel Servitje, Chairman and CEO.
Bimbo Colombia applies the best sustainability and environmental management practices of Grupo Bimbo, focusing on electricity and thermal energy consumption savings, control of atmospheric emissions, a program to classify waste recycling and for the treatment and reuse of process water. For this reason, the new plant has a wastewater treatment plant, a waste reuse program, and optimization of energy use certified by LEED.