Added Value: Diversification
The competition in domestic and global markets with other Colombian sugar mills, were the main factors for Ingenio Risaralda’s evolution, from being a processor and provider of raw sugar cane, to become the first refinery to develop other business units.
The company markets value-added products and today offers five varieties of sugar: brown, white, special white, refined and pulverized sugar.
Ingenio Risaralda has an electricity generating station capable of producing 13.5 megawatts at a frequency of 60 Hertz, capable of auto-supply their operations and provide surplus to the national electricity system in Colombia. In addition, the company will open its new cogeneration power plant with a capacity of 33 MW.
This is coupled with the aforementioned operation to produce ethanol for fuel by using all waste from the sugar mill. The compost is distributed through Kompostar trademarks and Nutrihumic.
Compliance with Global Standards
In addition to various quality labels, Ingenio Risaralda has international certifications such as:
- BASC: which ensures safe in international trade,
- Certification Management System under the Food Safety Standard
- International Food Safety System Certification 22000: which ensures that the sugar they produce is safe,
- ISO / IEC 17025-2005 Laboratory Bio-distillery: which certifies the technical competence and reliability of the data issued by the laboratory for Ethyl Alcohol, enabling compliance with the requirements for marketing this type of renewable fuel.
Ingenio Risaralda has also received local awards by the Chamber of Commerce, Department of Pereira and local government agencies.
Business and Community Partners
Ingenio Risaralda has increased its quality standards, which are being followed by their main suppliers: cane farmers. In partnership with organizations such as Cenicaña and FUNDEAGRO (the Foundation to improve the productivity of sugar cane). Additionally, they have released programs that promote environmental, economic and social developments.
Other allies are CIAMSA (International Marketing of Sugar and Honey,) and SERCODEX, the customs agency that has managed quality in Colombian products before they are shipped abroad, primarily to Peru, Chile, USA, Europe, Russia, among others.
One of the latest innovations in Ingenio Risaralda is their storage system or "drive-in," which allows them to transfer merchandise placed in structures, in which the forklift moves easily. For example, bringing products to market share, whose shelf life is closer than other within the same facility. The system itself can store 3,500 tons of sugar, or 38 tons racks, distributed in thirteen rows and seven vertical levels.
In addition, all logistics of Ingenio Risaralda are maintained and tracked via satellite.
Contemplating until 2024
In Its Strategic Management Plan 2015-2024, Ingenio Risaralda seeks to become a world-class sugar mill, with a perfect use of sugarcane and near-zero waste thanks to its use in bio-fuel, and always following high standards of social and environmental responsibility.