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Bimbo Gets Sustainable, Mexico’s Food Trade Surplus Grows

By Peter Appleby | Thu, 12/24/2020 - 14:54

This week Grupo Bimbo took another step forward in its sustainability efforts, launching a new sustainable distribution center in Mexico’s capital. Meanwhile, Mexico hit its highest agrifood trade surplus for over quarter of a century and Javier Valdés, Director General of Northern Latin America at Syngenta explained his thoughts on the role of technology in the future of agriculture.

All this and more in The Week in Agribusiness & Food.

 

Grupo Bimbo Steps Up its Sustainability

Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company, has announced the opening of a sustainable distribution center in Mexico City.

The center has the largest solar roof in the country and will generate 2.2MW of energy, enough to power the entire center by itself. The renewable focus will save 1,200 tons of CO2.

The company already has the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the country.

“"We are a sustainable company and we built this distribution center with the highest technology in the environment. Here is the largest solar energy roof in Mexico and the third largest in all of Latin America," said Daniel Servitje, President and CEO of Grupo Bimbo.

 

Mexico Agrifood Trade Balance Highest in Over Quarter of a Century

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that Mexico’s agrifood trade balance has hit its highest value surplus in  26 years.

The surplus measured between January and October this year stands at US$10.475 billion, its highest since 1995. The surplus remains after the country imported US$22.096 billion worth of products, while exporting US$32.571 billion, a 28 year high.

Among the most valuable agrifood and agroindustrial export products between January and October were beer derived from malt with a value of US$3.776 billion, avocados at US$2.530 billion, tequila and mezcal with sales hitting US$1.967, and tomatoes at US$1.963 billion.

 

Sustainability the Big Challenge in 2021

Javier Valdés, Director General of Northern Latin America at Syngenta used his Expert Contributor platform to spell out the challenges that the sustainable agriculture faces next year and into the future.

For Valdés, technology will be at the heart of new sustainability. “When we hear the term sustainability, the first idea that comes to our minds is related to ecological issues; however, the definition goes further and also applies to economic or social issues. Making agriculture friendly for biodiversity and for farmers necessarily requires the intervention of technology,” he says.

With technology we will be able to overcome the fact that fewer people are working in the countryside, while being able to reduce the destruction of climate change on crops.

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Peter Appleby Peter Appleby Journalist and Industry Analyst