•Operation includes automation processes and will generate 40 new direct and 80 indirect jobs.
•During its first productive phase, Paradise Ingredients will export its drinks to USA’s main markets.
Cartago, Costa Rica. June 6th, 2019. Paradise Ingredients, known for its processed juices and beverages in the food industry, opened today its new plant of juices and drinks NEWVANA.
Paradise Ingredients is the world’s top banana puree processing company. With this new aseptic juice processing operation, it will create 120 jobs in Cartago.
The Minister of Foreign Trade, Dyalá Jiménez, said: “The country’s development requires the inclusiveness and the integration of regions to the ecosystems of productive potential. We celebrate Paradise Ingredient’s expansion in Cartago. The creation of 40 new direct and 80 indirect job positions strengthens the region’s productive sector.”
“In Cartago, we have the human and technical matter and the operational capacity for a production of this kind of project,” expressed Hugo Chaves, Paradise Ingredient’s President.
NEWVANA is a juice and beverage processing factory, which will begin operations with a line of premixes for 100% natural cocktails, made with fruit, without preservatives, colors nor artificial flavors. They are also are gluten free, have the NON-GMO certification, and are sold in six flavors: Pina Colada, Margarita, Bloody Mary, Sweet and Sour, Strawberry and mango Daiquiri. They’re sold each in one-liter aseptic recyclable cartons.
CINDE’s Managing Director, Jorge Sequeira, added: “With new technologies and human talent, Costa Rica’s food industry is including more added value production processes, such as Paradise Ingredients. The reconversion of this sector has obtained positive results: in 2018, the food industry sector had sales abroad for US$1,580 million, which represented 13% of total goods exports in that same year ".
The company’s machinery is Italian, 100% automated following the sector’s top trends. The expansion covers a 5,500 m2 area that includes a sustainability plan to be carbon neutral in 2025 under the 45001 ISO Certification.
“Costa Rica has highly qualified human talent; the exhibition and the country brand’s positioning in other markets launches us in the world’s view,” concluded Chaves.
The total investment is US$20 million. Those interested in applying in one of the job positions, please reach out to email@example.com.
About Paradise Ingredients
The Central American investment fund Caseif III LP, acquired in 2016 the Gerber Ingredients factory located behind the Industrial Park in Cartago, today known as Paradise Ingredients.
The factory employs more than 440 people, who are dedicated to producing aseptic banana puree and frozen concentrate, which are exported to the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Caseif III LP started operations at the end of 2014. To date, it has made two investments in Costa Rica, both in the agroindustry sector.