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Cargill announces $100 million expansion in Costa Rica

The U.S. company Cargill, owner of the Costa Rican chicken and deli brands Pipasa and Cinta Azul, on Thursday reported it will invest $100 million over the next five years in its Costa Rica operations.

Cargill CEO David W. MacLennan made the announcement Thursday at a press conference in Heredia, outside of San José, during a visit that also included a meeting with Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís on Wednesday.

The company’s regional president, Xavier Vargas, said the investment in Costa Rica is part of $500 million the company has earmarked for the region, including Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras.

Half of the funds for Costa Rica will be spent mostly on improving logistics and distribution, “where the company plans its biggest expansion in coming years,” Vargas said.

The other half will go toward operating expenses including the purchase of more vehicles and the construction of a new production plant for value-added chicken products to be exported to other countries in the region.

The company will build a grain warehouse near Caldera Port, in the Pacific province of Puntarenas, and a shared-services center for Cargill operations across the Americas, Vargas added.

The services center will open in approximately four weeks and will employ 200 people. Vargas said 60 workers already have been hired.

The Minnesota-based company launched operations in Costa Rica by acquiring Cinta Azul in 1999 and then Pipasa in 2011.

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This may be good economic news for the immediate future, but Cargill is a bad company. “Value-added chicken products,” indeed. Processed food, fried and contaminated with unhealthy things….horrible record of animal cruelty in the way they raise chickens…. They are not an environmentally responsible company, nor an ethical one, either. Now if they were coming to set up organic egg production (which we really need here), or something that would help the people of this country to be healthier, it would be different. But they are just another U. S. company coming here to exploit workers and systems for their own profits.

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The truth is Cargill has the worst animal record in the US but i guess the Costa Rican goverment doesn´t give a care. Cargill is so bad they make enron look good.

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Dan Gibson

Cargill — is perhaps the largest ”corporate farmer” in the world!! And folks — that is not a good thing — ”more — at the expense of the health of the world” — should be their motto!
There has to be a reason for the investment in Costa Rica — and I would bet — the graft being paid is substantial — along with the fact — Costa Rica is seriously lagging behind in the education of its people about — ”unhealthy additives and preservatives” — but it sure sounds good and looks good for the Costa Rican government to finally do something!!!

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