On September 30th, 2019 in Guatemala City, AGEXPORT organized the 31st edition of the National Export Awards; a night full of art, elegance and pride for what Guatemala offers to the world.
The country has the challenge of generating more than 3 million jobs and when we need these many job opportunities, we need to invest, increase our production and send these millions of workers to factories, farms, technological centers and industries of all types. This can only be achieved by focusing on sending our products and services abroad; said Mrs. Connie de Paiz, AGEXPORT’s President.
The categories awarded during the event included: agriculture, aquaculture and fishery; services, contact centers & BPO, garments and textiles and manufacturing. Among the winners of each category, AGEXPORT also awards the “Exporter of the Year”, chosen by a high-level jury that spent more than one month visiting and interviewing more than 30 companies of these five categories.
The five companies awarded during the event were:
Along with receiving the recognition for its category, the company was also recognized as “Exporter of the Year 2019”. This company was voted among the five winners of each category by a high-level jury.
From its packaging plants in Sumpango, Sacatepequez department, the company grows and exports fresh and frozen snow peas, broccolis, string beans and okras to the United States, Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean under its brands Pakil Awal and Arlusa. The company offers different packaging presentations depending on the requirements of its clients, reaching different markets including bulk, food service and retail. It holds key international certifications such as OU Kosher, FDA Approved, KCA, C-TPAT, GFSI, SQF, BPM, among others. Growing sites of the company are all across Guatemala, mainly Alta Verapaz, Quiche and Totonicapan.
Grupo Det Pon has innovated on sorting and packaging processes by implementing automation technologies on its facilities. With this, the lifetime of the agriculture products has increased considerably, offering satisfaction to its international clients and increasing export figures during the last three years. As part of the company’s sustainability programs, it plans to start a project called AGROSMART, with which the company expects to increase productivity levels in rural areas by training farmers on soil disinfection, preparation, nutrition, plague control and prevention of implementing prohibited pesticides.
Manufacturas Vista al Mar is a Guatemalan company that seeks to become the leader in the production and export of protective gloves for workers of several industries. The company is official partner of the Japanese company Showa Group. It has highly sophisticated machinery, tailor-made to suit the needs of its workers and help them achieve the highest productivity levels. Its main strategy has been to achieve vertical growth, apply lean manufacturing strategies and implement a management system to guarantee the best quality on all products. As its products travel all over the world, each pair of gloves carries the Guatemalan name to be recognized as “made in Guatemala”. The high quality of its products has open highly industrialized markets and nowadays 90% of its production reaches the United States, Latin America and Europe. On 2018, the company supported with funds the reconstruction of five day-care centers in Puerto Barrios, benefitting 160 children and 30 teenagers. It also donated funds to the NGO Habitat for a sewage and sanitation project in Los Laureles, Izabal.
On the 17th century, the Santo Domingo Monastery was one of the largest in Latin America and in 1773 an earthquake almost destroyed it completely. On 1989 a project started to rescue Santo Domingo along with its relics and the main Chapel. Casa Santo Domingo became a five-star hotel with modern amenities and 130 rooms, including 22 developed as “spa living”. With its recent expansion at Santo Cielo Complex, the hotel also offers luxury camping alternatives at Santo Domingo El Cerro. Hotel-Museum-Spa Casa Santo Domingo promotes sustainable tourism activities by focusing not only in the economic side of the business but also on safeguarding the environment and culture of its community. It holds several certifications including: Great Green Deal, Q Stamp, Certificate of Excellence of Trip Advisor and recognitions from Conde Nast, Expedia and Hotels.com
Alorica started in the United States and ten years ago it chose Guatemala as one of the countries to expand internationally. As such, it linked the country with its other operations in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, the Philippines, Japan, China, India and Bulgaria. Alorica is a pioneer in the implementation of artificial intelligence to continuously improve its customer service. With more than 6,000 employees in Guatemala, the company constantly raises the standards of the call center industry and attracts more foreign investments. It has created a positive environment among its employees, has created important leaders in the industry and works on improving the quality of life of its employees and their families.
INT is a textile company that has grown steadily due to the integration of “full package” services. It currently has more than 1,600 employees focusing on the production of high-quality garments for men, women and children. Its main clients are located in the United States and produce garments for some of the most recognized international clothing brands. The company monitors and controls several of its processes, including yarning, knitting, washing, printing, embroidery and shipping to final destinations. The company has innovated with the usage of 3D technology to offer clients virtual samples of its designs, allowing the company to save costs and time in the creation of new garments. INT has special compliance control programs to guarantee a continuous improvement on all its workers while also assuring great satisfaction of its clients.