Colombia’s Cordillera Chocolate gains honours for sustainable export strategies

Colombia’s Grupo Nutresa has been awarded a national exports award for the international business strategy for its Cordillera Chocolate B2B brand, and its commitment to sustainable production values, writes Neill Barston.

The accolade was presented at the 35th National Exporters’ Summit, held in the country’s Expofuturo Convention Centre in the city of Pereira (Colombia) and was presented by the National Association of Foreign Trade – Analdex in association with ProColombia.

As judged revealed, the business was also recognised for its positive contribute for social and environmental policies that had enhanced its operations right across the cocoa and chocolate value chain in Colombia.

According to Analdex’s criteria, Cordillera Chocolate has demonstrated a very solid leadership in sustainability and is becoming a global benchmark in rural development of cocoa-growing communities and building business through a sustainable vision. Thanks to its global strategy, differentiated innovation and collaborative work with customers across international markets, Cordillera has set high standards in the way business must develop and grow, while contributing to society and global change.

“We congratulate Cordillera, B2B business division of Compañía Nacional de Chocolates, for being awarded in the Consumer Goods – Large Companies Category. The jurors highlighted its leadership in sustainability, support to cocoa farmers and commitment to rural development in the cocoa sector, strengthening the region’s agricultural economy,” said Javier Diaz, president of Analdex.

Carlos Ignacio Gallego, president of Grupo Nutresa, said: “This new recognition of our export efforts sets the grounds for our international vision as means to accelerate the development of our countries, companies, and people. This strategy enables great opportunities to access capital, technologies, talent and foster development and growth in competitive conditions.”

The National Exports Award is the most prestigious recognition granted by Analdex and ProColombia to exporting Colombian companies and it is the second time Grupo Nutresa has received this honor. It awards outstanding performance in international markets, innovative approach in global business strategies, investment and job creation and mostly the positive impact on social and economic development of the country.

Juan Fernando Castañeda, president of Grupo Nutresa’s Chocolates Business, added: “Compañía Nacional de Chocolates, with 103 years of experience developing consumer products brands, recognized the opportunity to play in the B2B global market of chocolate ingredients and developed Cordillera as its B2B brand. We believe growth through a sustainable vision fosters the creation of shared value along the cocoa-chocolate value chain in significant ways. Cordillera´s strategy through differentiated innovation, long-term strategic relationships with global accounts, articulation of business ecosystems with different stakeholders in the global markets and commitment with cocoa growing families, builds solid pathways for growth in our Company’s future”


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