US agribusiness and food giant Cargill has acquired Colombia-based chicken and processed meats products firm Pollos El Bucanero.
Cargill said the move marks the introduction of its global protein business into Colombia. The company has protein operations in Latin America, including businesses in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Jorge Ivan Duque, who Cargill said has spent the past 12 years working in the poultry sector in Central America and Colombia, will be general manager of the Pollos Bucanero business.
Duque said: “Cargill is starting a new stage in Colombia, under the Bucanero brand. 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.”
Bucanero’s products are sold to the foodservice and retail sectors in “multiple regions of Colombia”, Cargill said. The company’s 5,000 employees will bring the number that Cargill employs in Latin America to 35,000 across about 200 sites in 14 countries, Cargill added.