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PANI-FRESH, Best Exporter of 2011

October 29, 2011

El Injerto, Parque Natural Ixpanpajul, Empresa Comunitaria de Servicios del Bosque -Forescom-, and PANI-FRESH are the companies to which AGEXPORT presented with an award that recognizes them for their innovation and contribution to social and economical development in Guatemala through their exporting activities.

October 2011. (PRWEB) October 29, 2011

The highest award, National Award for Exporters, was presented by AGEXPORT in the presence of over one thousand persons, including national authorities, international organizations, private sector, entrepreneurs and associates, to the four national companies that have been able to cross over the frontiers and conquer markets through innovation and quality of products and services provided.

âœWelcome and thank you for being here with us today to celebrate the entrepreneurs who have made accomplishments in the exports market, who have diversified their product lines, increasing the amount and volume of their exports, generating employment, quality norms, good working relationships, creativity, rural development and social and environmental entrepreneurial responsibilityâ were the words by AGEXPORTâs President, Eng. Francisco Menéndez.

AWARDED EXPORTER IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR: El Injerto, S. A.

Guatemalan company founded by the end of 1800âs. It is located in Huehuetenango and is dedicated to the production and export of green coffee, roasted coffee in grain and ground coffee. It generates approximately 450 jobs, both direct and temporary. They have carried out training sessions for their employees at different operational levels. Field and administrative employees receive incentives and bonuses, medical and hospital services and they have adequate house quarters, electricity and potable water. EL INJERTO, over the last year, achieved a growth rate of 86% in their exports, to markets such as the ones in the United States, Japan, Korea, Iceland and Germany. It has a certification from Rainforest Alliance, Nespresso and Café Practices, and this year, it broke the world record by selling at a price of $211.50 per pound on the first electronic auction carried out.

AWARDED EXPORTER OF THE YEAR IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR: PANI-FRESH

Company founded in 1995 and dedicated to the production of bread, baguettes, pies, cakes and wheat flour tortillas, for fast food consumers with rigorous specifications in their products and high food safety and regional replenishment standards for countries located in Northern, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The company has 322 employees who are under a continuous studies plan until they complete, elementary school, junior high and high school, including English languages, training from technical specialists in the manufacturing of products, use of machinery and processes, strengthening of leadership skills, among other aspects. They have implemented Quality Systems integrated with HACCP programs, Good Manufacturing Practices, documentary systems, quality and food security programs. They have been certified with US Military Audit, SQMS, HACCP QA and other certifications awarded by their customers.

BEST EXPORTER IN THE SERVICES SECTOR:

Parque Natural Ixpanpajul

Guatemalan Capital company founded in the year 2000, it is located on Km. 468 on the road from Río Dulce to Flores, Petén. IXPANPAJUL provides lodging and food services, adventure activities, zip lines, hanging bridges, bird watching and entertaining and recreational activities. It employs 60 staff members, most of who live in the neighboring communities from Santa Elena. Most of them are involved in tourism development activities, natural sciences and environment, and they are constantly trained in topics such as good practices, marketing, promotion of services and customer service. They promote visiting IXPANPAJUL by combining different touristic attractions from Petén, including Tikal National Park. They serve customers from Central, North and South America, Europe, and the Caribbean. Over the last year, they presented an increase of 17% in their exports.

EXPORTER OF THE YEAR IN ENTREPRENEURIAL CHAINS:

Empresa Comunitaria de Servicios del Bosque -Forescom-

FORESCOM, located in San Andrés Petén, represents eleven forest concessions from the Maya Biosphere Reserve integrated by more than 1,300 families that are dedicated to wood transformation with a strong emphasis in lesser known tropical species. It provides its services as oven drying, molding, and producing decks, wood floors and wooden borders. FORESCOM works as Group Manager on the Forest Management Certification awarded by Forest Stewardship Council FSC, guaranteeing that its wood activities are performed under high sustainable forestry management standards. The industrial plant has a Custody Chain certification from Smart Wood, Rainforest Alliance, which guarantees a traceability system over the entire production chain. In 2010, it generated exports and commercial business for more than US$ 600,000 from its partner organizations to customers in the United States and the Dominican Republic. FORESCOM is promoted and positioned as a model community company, focused on the conservation of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, guaranteeing that the wood activities are economically profitable, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable.

AWARDED BEST EXPORTING COMPANY AMONG SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED COMPANIES:

Empresa Comunitaria de Servicios del Bosque -Forescom-

FORESCOM, located in San Andrés Petén, represents eleven forest concessions from the Maya Biosphere Reserve integrated by more than 1,300 families that are dedicated to wood transformation with a strong emphasis in lesser known tropical species. It provides its services as oven drying, molding, and producing decks, wood floors and wooden borders. FORESCOM works as Group Manager on the Forest Management Certification awarded by Forest Stewardship Council FSC, guaranteeing that its wood activities are performed under high sustainable forestry management standards. The industrial plant has a Custody Chain certification from Smart Wood, Rainforest Alliance, which guarantees a traceability system over the entire production chain. In 2010, it generated exports and commercial business for more than US$ 600,000 from its partner organizations to customers in the United States and the Dominican Republic. FORESCOM is promoted and positioned as a model community company, focused on the conservation of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, guaranteeing that the wood activities are economically profitable, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable.

AND THE BEST EXPORTER OF THE YEAR AWARD GOES TOâ¦PANI FRESH

This company is committed to manufacture baking and bread products of the best quality in Latin America. It has had a sustained yearly and average growth of 26% in sales and it generates its own research and development force. For more than 8 years it has maintained its sales index with a content of over 10% of products launched over the last 12 months. PANI-FRESH has its own distributor for Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama. It currently exports to 21 countries within the continent, among which the strongest are Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Additionally, the company has taken advantage of the free trade agreements in an efficient manner, such as the ones with Panama, Colombia and Mexico.

It has developed a series of innovations that have allowed the company to gain a position in the market, with products such as baked pies, complete light, low-fat and multi-fiber lines, self implementation in automation of water cuts in hamburger products, internal development of pie moldings made in Guatemala, design and manufacturing of high volume oven for hamburger bread, development of RODILLOS for line stamping through the use of a one-of-a-kind system in Guatemala, study, design and mounting of air compressors room with state of the art technology at a world level, becoming the most modern one in Central America at the time of installation for its high efficiencies and energy savings, among other aspects.

Another special moment during our evening gala was AGEXPORT presenting an award to the entity that has provided the widest support for the Development of Exports. The Board presented this 2011 Award to: Fondo Nacional para la Reactivación y Modernización de la Agricultura, FONAGRO.

At the end of his presentation, AGEXPORTâs President was clear when he described the talent and quality present in Guatemala, able to open markets and generate employment for more than half a million people. However, he strongly emphasized that this was not enough.

“The insecurity situation and poverty levels we are living under are crying out to us that the time has come to be courageous so that the political sector starts making the type of decisions that will require us to become worn out; if we do not do something about it, to improve the level of income of more than 6 million people who are currently living in poverty, and what is even more, to start closing gaps so that the 200,000 young persons who yearly reach the age to start working, find a formal employment opportunity, because otherwise, the situation will only get worse!!!”

AGEXPORTâs President continued in this way ⦠âœWith the aim of making proposals, we the exporters want to transfer to the President of the Republic, the Ministers, Congressmen, Centers of Research, Academia members, workers and ourselves the very concrete task evident to us after many years of experience, the opportunity to generate one million more job sources by: duplicating job sources through duplicating exports.

AGEXPORTâs President concluded by saying:

âœCompetitiveness and the exports model are key to progress in Guatemala!!! It is our responsibility to bring foreign commerce to the center stage, to elevate the priority of competitiveness in the country to the level of other national priorities, since only competitive countries are the ones that can reach such a level where everything that is produced by their citizens, becomes something successful in the markets, hence the virtuous cycle of employment, income and the reduction of poverty.â

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