Campollo is one of Colombia’s leading producers of chicken and protein products, and the acquisition will expand Cargill’s protein business in Latin America, which already includes businesses in Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Cargill had already acquired Pollos Bucanero in June 2017. The business will take on Campollo’s 2,500 employees, which will bring the number of total Cargill employees in Colombia to more than 7,500. Cargill Global Poultry has more than 35,000 employees across 14 countries.
Jorge Ivan Duque, general manager of Cargill’s Pollos Bucanero, will continue to lead Cargill’s expanded poultry business in Colombia. Duque has spent the past 13 years working in the poultry sector in Central America and Colombia.
Duque said: “As a Colombian, I'm proud we are strengthening the way we serve our customers and helping even more communities prosper. Campollo reaches millions of customers across the country. The acquisition complements and enhances our product portfolio and expands our current reach to more of the Colombian market. I´m confident this will be a smooth integration that will benefit our employees, customers, consumers and communities.”
Xavier Vargas, president of Cargill Protein Latin America, added: “We are committed to this region and I'm thrilled to expand our operations in Colombia. Our markets and communities will benefit as we bring our teams together. Cargill will bring its experience working in protein across four continents for more than 50 years to deliver customers and consumers consistent, high-quality products tailored to local flavours.”