Bimbo opens new plant in Colombia

by Matt Hamer
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón tours Grupo Bimbo’s new Tenjo facility.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón tours Grupo Bimbo’s new Tenjo facility.
 

HORSHAM, PA. — Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. has opened a new production plant and distribution center in Tenjo, Colombia. The facility took a year to build and cost $86 million, Bimbo said.

The plant has the capacity to produce 8 tons of product per hour and has lines to make hamburger buns, snacks and puff-pastry buns, a first for the Colombian market.

Fernando Lopez, Bimbo Colombia
Fernando Lopez, president of Bimbo Colombia

“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,” said Fernando Lopez, president of Bimbo Colombia. “Twenty years later, we continue ratifying our confidence in Colombia and in the region.”

According to the company, the proximity of the new facility to the original Tenjo plant will foster logistics optimization, generate synergies and better facilitate the distribution process.

Construction of the facility also has contributed to infrastructure in Tenjo, Bimbo said. The company said the plant adds more resources to Grupo Bimbo’s Good Neighbor community support program, which has taken on projects such as School Supplies Donation Day at the Carrasquilla School, the reforestation of the Bogota River basin and building a community park, a multi-use sports court and a children’s playground.

Daniel Servitje, Bimbo
Daniel Servitje, chairman and c.e.o. of Grupo Bimbo

“The Tenjo 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,” said Daniel Servitje, chairman and chief executive officer.

In an effort to meet Grupo Bimbo’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the new plant is equipped with a wastewater treatment plant, a waste reuse program and an energy optimization system certified by LEED. 
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