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Grupo Bimbo strengthens presence in Costa Rica with its new global services center

MAY 5th 2016

Bread making global leader trusted Costa Rican talent for an operation that will provide strategic services in English.

Invested US$2.5 million in new center that expects to host 200 employees before concluding 2017

San Jose, May 5th, 2016. Grupo Bimbo – the world's largest baking company inaugurated its new Global Service Center today, in the district of Tres Rios, La Union de Cartago, which will provide support to the English speaking US market. 

The Costa Rican President, Luis Guillermo Solís; the Minister of Foreign Trade, Alexander Mora; CINDE’s managing director, Jorge Sequeira, and top executives of the company, participated this morning in the event that inaugurated the new location.

Grupo Bimbo’s GSC construction in Costa Rica concluded last April 1st and required an investment of more than US$ 2.5 million. Upon its entry into operation, it already has 90 employees and is expected to exceed 200 associates by the end of 2017. 

The President, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera expressed his satisfaction with this announcement and the effort that Costa Rica makes in strengthening its competitiveness to create jobs, thanks to the alliance with the productive and business sectors, which adds to concrete actions like maintaining stable electricity rates, a growing economy with zero inflation last year and stability in the exchange rate. 

 "Today we celebrate the opening of 200 new jobs, before the end of next year, for Costa Ricans in the areas of English, finance, accounting, and customer service. Grupo Bimbo has consolidated its operations in Costa Rica and that makes us happy because foreign investment that brings jobs and well- being has our commitment to further strengthen the competitiveness of our country, "said President Solis Rivera.

Ruben Marquez, Global Vice President of Corporate Services Grupo Bimbo, said "Grupo Bimbo has consolidated itself as the leading baking company largely thanks to the talent of people committed to the sustained growth and impeccable business ethics. We have been in Costa Rica for 20 years, and this new operation strengthens our global capacity in shared services and reaffirms our commitment to the talent and leadership of its people, with which we hope to take on new challenges to create new abilities and grow together. " 
The Minister of Foreign Trade, Alexander Mora, was very pleased with the opening of the new Global Shared Services Center of Grupo Bimbo, which will create new quality employment opportunities for Costa Ricans. "We are committed as a government to strengthen the competitive advantages of our country, companies like Grupo Bimbo continue to rely on our workforce and achieve exporting quality services to the world," he said. 

The Managing Director of CINDE, Jorge Sequeira said "Bimbo adds today one more operation to the services sector cluster of 139 companies in Costa Rica. From  our country, we export 75 types of services in 10 different languages throughout the world. Human talent is making a difference and that is what we must continue to invest in, so that in the future more companies consolidate their operations in Costa Rica as Grupo Bimbo does today "

Tres Ríos: A strategic location

The company made the decision to install the GSSC in Tres Rios after a careful analysis. "It is a strategic location for our employees for its accessibility, proximity to their homes and the main higher education institutions in the country," said Jazmin Alvarado, Director of GSSC Grupo Bimbo in Costa Rica. 

Grupo Bimbo's purpose is to be a highly productive and people oriented company, that recognizes its collaborators’ as its greatest strength. For this reason, it is constantly searching for new talent and developing new capabilities. 

For this new operation, the company has employment opportunities with wide projection, mainly for people with English proficiency and knowledge in areas such as accounting, finance and customer service. 

Those interested in a job in the new Global Shared Services Center may apply at workwithus@grupobimbo.com   

Grupo Bimbo in the world 
Grupo Bimbo is the world's biggest bakery company. Created on December 2, 1945, today has a portfolio consisting of more than 10,000 products under more than 100 umbrella brands. The most relevant in terms of sales are: Bimbo, Marinela, Arnold, Brownberry and Oroweat Barcel and highly recognized brands such as Thomas, Sara Lee, Entenmann's, Ricolino, Tia Rosa, Plus Vita and Dempster's. Grupo Bimbo's shares have traded on the Mexican Stock Exchange under the ticker BIMBO. 

Grupo Bimbo es la empresa de panificación más grande del mundo. Creada el 2 de diciembre de 1945, cuenta hoy en día con un portafolio conformado por más de 10,000 productos bajo más de 100 marcas paraguas. Las más relevantes en términos de ventas son: Bimbo, Marinela, Arnold, Brownberry Oroweat y Barcel y marcas altamente reconocidas como Thomas, Sara Lee, Entenmann’s, Ricolino, Tía Rosa, Plus Vita y Dempster’s. Las acciones de Grupo Bimbo cotizan en la Bolsa Mexicana de Valores bajo la clave de pizarra BIMBO.

Overall, the variety of products of the company includes breads, muffins, cookies, pastries, muffins, bagels, tortillas, salted snacks, confectionery and packaged among other foods.

Its operations take place in 22 countries on three continents: America, Europe and Asia. From its 165 plants, it provides products to more than 2.3 million points of sale around the world.