The fourth largest food company in Latin America, Grupo Nutresa, has awarded Smurfit Kappa the "Exemplary Supplier 2014" award in the Corrugated Packaging category as part of their inaugural supplier awards ceremony.
The award committee looked at almost 2000 suppliers in seven categories of goods and services and analyzed their performance in terms of innovation, productivity, logistics, and social and environmental sustainability.
This is the first time Grupo Nutresa has created an event to acknowledge suppliers who stand out for their contribution to the supply chain. The event is also an opportunity for the company to encourage suppliers in their continuous improvement efforts and to demonstrate the changing environment and contribution among the suppliers towards Colombia's social, economic, and environmental progress.
Carlos Ignacio Gallego, President of the Nutresa Group, explains the importance of publicly acknowledging the good practices of their suppliers:
"Their role in the value chain is critical and largely contributes to generate incentives that allow making a difference for our customers and increase loyalty among our end use customers. Undoubtedly, the practices that are being led by the nominees are an example to other companies that contribute to the progress of the country."
The Nutresa Group, formerly Compañía Nacional de Chocolates, is one of Colombia's largest companies, having more than 90 years of history and operating in 14 countries. The company reaches consumers through eight business units in the food sector, including processed meats, cookies, chocolate, coffee, instant cold beverages, ice cream, pasta and food served to consumers through restaurant chains. At present, the company's brands have a record share of over 60 percent in the Colombian market.
Smurfit Kappa provides Grupo Nutresa with packaging solutions for its cookies, chocolate and coffee brands. Both companies share a sustainability commitment around responsible and efficient use of resources, protecting the environment and contributing to improve the standard of living among their various stakeholders.
Smurfit Kappa and Grupo Nutresa work together to achieve their sustainable development and effective innovation objectives, evolving the design and printing of their packaging with significant results that optimize their production line and build shared knowledge. An example of this is the shelf-ready packaging used by several of Grupo Nutresa's brands to continue growth in their target markets.
Smurfit Kappa and Grupo Nutresa have strengthened their partnership based on shared values and through more than 40 years of a business relationship, where assertiveness and teamwork are key attributes in the ongoing search for new opportunities.
About Smurfit Kappa
Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, having around 43,000 employees, in approximately 350 production sites, across 33 countries and revenues of €8.1 billion in 2014. We are located in 21 countries in Europe and 12 countries in the Americas. We are the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America. With our pro-active team, we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our size, to open up opportunities for our customers. We collaborate with forward thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivaled portfolio of paper packaging solutions that are constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. Our portfolio is enhanced with the benefits of optimal paper design, logistics, service time, and our packaging plants who source most of their raw materials from our own paper mills. Our products, which are 100 percent renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.
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