Ingenio Cristóbal Colón produces 141 thousand tons of sugar, its second consecutive record harvest


During the 2017-2018 harvest, the Ingenio Cristóbal Colón sugar mill set a new production record for the second year in a row.  For the harvest that ended on July 16, 2018, production was 141,000 metric tons, an increase of around 7 percent and 9,200 tons over the previous year’s record production of 131,816 metric tons. 

This achievement is one of the goals established in CAEI’s (Consorcio Azucarero de Empresas Industriales) strategic value plan, which also highlights its operating philosophy, based on being an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable organization.  The company has also been certified under various standards including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS, Bonsucro and ProTerra.

CAEI Executive Vice President Alberto Potes thanked all stakeholders for their work in achieving a second record harvest.  According to Mr. Potes, the record 141,000 metric ton production was based on “research and continuous improvement.”  For instance, during the 2017-18 harvest, the company put into operation a refined sugar station equipped with the latest technology, as well as a second cooling tower for the closed water circuit.  He also indicated that during the 2017-18 sugar harvest, the Ingenio Cristóbal Colón sugar mill employed around 5,500 people from neighboring areas, covering 12 municipalities and contributing significantly to the socio-economic stability of the region and the country. 

Following the harvest’s conclusion, the company will be carrying out its annual post-harvest health services initiative for all agricultural employees and their families.  In addition, the company will soon be paying out annual bonus amounts to workers and employees.