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Cargill chooses Costa Rica for new services center

Minnesota-based corporation Cargill Inc. announced the opening in Costa Rica of a business services center that will provide technical support to the group’s 50 companies in the Americas in areas such as finance, information technologies, human resources, transportation and logistics.

The new center is part of a plan to bring together company services from around the world into one place. The company said in a press release the move would provide better service at a lower cost.

The location of the new facilities likely will be one of the free zones in the Greater Metropolitan Area, and the center will begin operating later this year, the group announced on Monday.

Cargill will look to hire staff with expertise in accounting, business administration, information technology and finance. Potential employees must be fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

In a study by Cargill on potential locations, Costa Rica scored the highest against Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Panama.

“Cargill conducted research and chose Costa Rica because it is the most effective and engaging location for us,” Cargill Central America President Bruce Burdett told El Financiero in an interview. “The final decision was based on the country’s political and economic situation, and the availability of a highly trained workforce with good levels of foreign languages.”

The company also sought references from other multinational groups with similar operations in the country, such as WalMart, Procter & Gamble and Citibank. According to Burdett, “references were very positive and influenced the final decision.”

Cargill in 2011 acquired Costa Rica’s popular meat and poultry producer Pipasa Corporation and also represents animal food brands including Purina, Ascan, Mimados and Don Gato.

Founded in 1865, Cargill has 143,000 employees in 67 countries. It is a producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services.

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Paradise lost. You’ve allowed the fox in the hen house and el lobo (Monsanto) will not be far behind. A deal should have been made with the norteamericanos to bring sustainable gmo-free businesses to this land. I cry for you Ticos, I really do…

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Good news but nothing in story says how many people will be hired meaning not many to be hired. Costa Rica is losing jobs left and right now HP is cutting maybe Tico Times should talk to HP staff. Right now 5000 jobs lost in Costa Rica and numbers are growing faster than ever before. INTEL,BANK OF AMERICA AND MANY MORE CUTTING JOBS. These companies come and go thats a fact. Also Walmart does nothing for Costa Rica it kills local farmers and local Business. Walmart has not hired in years.

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You do realize that Mas x Menos is owned entirely by Walmart right? I’m a little confused as to how Walmart has not hired for years, considering everyone working in Mas x Menos is a Walmart employee.

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It is OK to not comment when the topic is about something you know absolutely nothing about, Ben.
When you say Walmart kills farmers, I suspect you correctly mean financially.
When multinational grain conglomerate ‘Cargill’ kills farmers, it is with agricultural chemical sales and promotion.
As for the figurative death of farmers at the hands of Cargill, their profits have to come from somewhere. That somewhere is on the backs of farmers.

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That’s the thing, they don’t have to come from somewhere, they can shrivel up and die.

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