By Narayan Ammachchi
Cargill Inc, one of the world’s largest suppliers of agricultural products and foods, is launching a service center in Costa Rica to provide technical support for dozens of its subsidiaries operating across Latin America.
It is not yet clear how many jobs the service center will create in the short term. The center is likely to be large in size as it will be a key component of the company’s technical services division.
The Minnesota-based firm, which has long been talking of outsourcing a large part of its back-office functions to cut costs, says the center will serve its companies operating in the areas of finance, information technologies, human resources, transportation and logistics.
According to the Costa Rican press, Cargill’s delivery center will be located in a free trade zone and will begin operating later this year.
Cargill says it will hire staff with expertise in accounting, business administration, information technology and finance.
“Cargill conducted research and chose Costa Rica because it is the most effective and engaging location for us,” Cargill Central America President Bruce Burdett told El Financiero in an interview. “The final decision was based on the country’s political and economic situation, and the availability of a highly trained workforce with good levels of foreign languages.”
The U.S. firm says it chose Costa Rica over Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Panama, because it believes that the Central American country has a more stable political and economic climate and skilled human resources.
Cargill has vast operations in Costa Rica, with nearly half a dozen of its subsidiaries providing a verity of food and agriculture products in the country. In 2011, it acquired Costa Rica’s meat and poultry producer Pipasa Corporation.