Dos Pinos becomes SIG Combibloc's first customer in Costa Rica
Central America's largest cooperative opts for SIG Combibloc filling technology
Costa Rica is a nation of milk drinkers, with an average annual per-capita consumption of 200 litres, putting the country third in Central and South America, close behind Argentina and Uruguay. This market environment, the product quality and consistent innovation make Dos Pinos one of the most important and well known dairy companies of Central America and the Caribbean.
Dos Pinos was established in Costa Rica in 1947, when 25 dairy farmers combined to market their milk together to ensure fairer and more stable prices. The cooperative now counts 1,400 milk suppliers among its members. In Costa Rica alone it has 3,900 employees, with a further 600 in the surrounding countries. It focuses on manufacturing high-quality dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghourt, ice cream and butter. The umbrella brand “Dos Pinos” covers more than 600 different products. Dos Pinos has a presence in a total of 10 countries in Central and South America, as well as the USA and the Caribbean.
Its three production facilities today process more than 1.4 million litres of milk every day. The company’s portfolio now also includes non-carbonated soft drinks in addition to milk products. Besides Costa Rica itself, Dos Pinos markets its products in Nicaragua, Honduras, San Andrés, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama and the USA, among others. Although other private-label products are on the rise in these regions, consumers remain very loyal to the Dos Pinos brand, recognizing it as the most loved and respected brand in Costa Rica in 2014 according to Saatchi & Saatchi.
Dos Pinos’ corporate social responsibility strategy is supported by three pillars: Nutrition, support for socially vulnerable populations and sustainable environmental management. Dos Pinos has a raft of programmes and projects in place to help its environmental balance – including extensive measures to cut emissions and adopt environmentally friendly means of processing waste water. Environmental management systems help to record and evaluate production processes, and then introduce measures to ensure the company’s environmental balance continues to improve. These efforts as well as projects in the other pillars place Dos Pinos as a top company regarding corporate social responsibility in different studies run by research agencies.
Gonzalo Chaves, CEO of Dos Pinos commented: “We strive to offer high-quality food, which means we have to use the best quality ingredients and operate at the highest technological level. We are confident that SIG Combibloc will be a partner that we can rely on in this context.” The first stage will involve installing a filling machine CFA 712 from SIG Combibloc at the Alajuela location to fill combiblocSmall and combifitSmall carton packs. At the beginning, they will fill 16 milk products in combiblocSmall 250 and 330 ml, as well as in combifitSmall 250 ml with screw cap combiSmart. In a subsequent stage, Dos Pinos juices will also be filled in carton packs from SIG Combibloc.
SIG Combibloc is one of the world's leading system suppliers of carton packaging and filling machines for beverages and food. In 2014 the company achieved a turnover of 1,630 million Euro with around 5,000 employees in 40 countries.