Cargill expands its global protein business into Colombia with acquisition of Pollos El Bucanero
Acquisition will enable Cargill to better serve its Latin American customers, add 5,000 employees to its team
(CALI, COLOMBIA) June 1, 2017 — Cargill has acquired Colombian-based Pollos El Bucanero S.A. (Bucanero Chicken), one of Colombia’s leading producers of chicken and processed meats products.
The acquisition marks Cargill’s first introduction of its global protein business into Colombia. Pollos Bucanero has more than 30 years of experience and its products are the preferred choice of food service companies and retailers in multiple regions of Colombia. The company works with more than 170 farms across the country to deliver high-quality protein options to its customers.
Jorge Ivan Duque will serve as general manager of Cargill’s Pollos Bucanero business. He has spent the past 12 years working in the poultry sector in Central America and Colombia. Pollos Bucanero will operate as part of Cargill Protein Latin America, which includes businesses in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
“Cargill is starting a new stage in Colombia, under the Bucanero brand, which is recognized and preferred by millions of customers across the country,” said Duque. “Just like Cargill, this is a family business. We are confident that this will be a smooth integration and will lead to numerous benefits for our employees, customers and communities.”
“We are thrilled to expand our operations in Latin America by bringing our protein business to Colombia,” said Xavier Vargas, president of Cargill Protein Latin America. “As we enter this market, we bring the experience gained from working in protein across four continents for more than 50 years. This global presence, and our extensive work in other regions of Latin America, provides us a wealth of expertise in quality standards and an understanding of cultural taste differences. We look forward to delivering on the preferences of Colombian consumers and enriching their protein options.”
Bucanero has 5,000 employees, which will bring the number that Cargill employs in Latin America to 35,000 across approximately 200 sites in 14 countries.
Latin America: Jorge Calderon Suarez, +506 87044 4636, [email protected]
North America: Mike Martin, 316-291-2126, [email protected]
Cargill’s 160,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 154 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.