REAPING INNOVATION

The Sugarcane Industry Association (LAICA; for its an acronym in Spanish), is a non-state public entity, with private and public qualities where producers and mills come together. The organization of Costa Rican sugarcane producers began in 1940 with the creation of the Protection Board for Sugarcane Agriculture. LAICA was created through Law no. 3579 in 1965, and was reorganized in 1998 through Law no. 7818.

 

MAIN PUBLIC OBJECTIVE OF LAICA

Keep an equitable relationship regime between sugarcane producers and sugar mills, which guarantees rational and fair participation to each sector; and, organize the factors that intervene in sugarcane production and in the creation and marketing of the products for the optimal development and stability of the agroindustry.

REAPING PROGRESS

We know that to reap we must first sow! This is why we have kept an equitable relationship regime between sugarcane producers and sugar mills for over 80 years.

MISSION

Keep an equitable relationship regime between sugarcane producers and sugar mills, which guarantees a rational and fair participation to each sector; and, organize the factors that intervene in sugarcane production and in the creation and marketing of the products for the optimal development and stability of the agroindustry.

VISION

Being the best commercial alternative in Costa Rica for all products derived from the agricultural and industrial sugar activity, offering consumers and the country the best possible products offered by this sector.

VALUES

REAPING WITH BALANCE:

We are proud of the positive impact LAICA offers to the different sectors and people. We are always looking after the wellbeing of the whole value chain, with a sustainable and responsible growth.

CO-CREATING WITH THE CUSTOMER:

We believe in long-term relationships with our customers and in the important connection there is between our success and theirs.

DOING WHAT’S RIGHT:

We want to feel proud of all our actions in the relationship with our customers, partners, associates and our environment. We believe conscious actions help us be more transparent, ethical, and trustworthy.

GROWING EVERY DAY:

We believe each person must find the flame of passion that brings to life their maximum potential.

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER:

We want out collaborators to feel they are a part of a large community where each individual’s growth makes us all better.

BREAKING THE MOLD:

We want to create conscious and sustainable growth through innovation, looking for new and better ways to make things.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The organizational structure is formed by 2 divisions: the Corporate Division that will be governed, essentially, by Public Law and the Commerce Division that will be governed by Private Law. The first in charge of the Board of Directors and the second of the Commerce Council.

CORPORATE DIVISION
  • Edgar Herrera Echandi Executive and Commerce Director
  • Randall Cubillo Mayorga Internal Auditor
  • Rigoberto Vega Arias Legal Counselor
  • Fernando Bolaños De Ford Technical Manager
  • Alejandro Rodríguez Morales DIECA Manager
  • Fernando Bolaños De Ford Quality Manager
COMMERCE DIVISION
  • Jorge Arturo Céspedes Mata Financial Manager
  • Luis Diego Malavassi Celis Operations Manager
  • Sandra Vega Herrera Marketing and Sales Manager
  • Zaida Solano Valverde Administrative and BSE Manager
  • Eduardo Viloria Berrizbeitia Technology Manager
  • Ivania Chaves Jiménez Exports Manager
OPERATIONS CENTER
  • Luis Fernando Sánchez Vargas Manager at Coyol Operations Center
  • Máximo Alpízar Chávez Manager at Punta Morales Operations Center (Puerto)
CORPORATE DIVISION

The Corporate Division looks after all of LAICA’s responsibilities, faculties or duties related to their ruling authorities. Governed by the Public Law, and represented by a board of directors comprised of eight proprietary members; two of which are representatives of the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, and the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce. Three representatives of the board of directors are allocated by the Federation of Chambers of Sugarcane Producers, the other three by the Sugarcane Chamber. The members of the board of directors are:

  •  Manuel Alfonso Chaves Solís Presidente
  • Gonzalo Cubero Brealey Vicepresidente
  •  Yónder Araya Solórzano Secretario
  • Renato Alvarado Rivera Vocal
  • Heiner  Bonilla Porras Vocal
  • Victoria  Hernández Mora Vocal
  • Carlos Molina Vargas Vocal
  • Ricardo A. Rojas Kopper Vocal
  • Jorge Acón Li Suplente
  •  Konrad Amrhein Perry Suplente
  • José Luis Angulo Zúñiga Suplente
  • Héctor Araya Salazar Suplente
  • Amado Castro Fernández Suplente
  • Alfonso Gómez Jenkins Suplente
  • Laura Pacheco Ovares Suplente
  • Leonardo Chacón Rodríguez Suplente
  • Edgar Herrera Echandi Director Ejecutivo
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COMMERCE DIVISION

In charge of management and operations of all things related to commerce and financing activities, as well as infrastructure to receive, store, and dispatch products marketed by LAICA, like sugar, alcohol, and molasses. The members of the Commerce Board at LAICA for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2020, according to Article 31, Law no. 7818, Organic Law of Sugarcane Agriculture and Industry are:

  • José Álvaro Jenkins Rodríguez Presidente
  • María Andrea Arias Grillo Vicepresidente
  • Héctor Araya Salazar Secretario
  • José Luis Angulo Zúñiga Vocal
  • Federico Chavarría Kopper Vocal
  • Rolando Guardia Carazo Vocal
  • Jorge Acón Li Consejo ampliado
  • Heiner Bonilla Porras Consejo Ampliado
  • Alejandro Miranda Lines Miembros suplentes
  • Alejandro Ponciano Lavergne Miembros suplentes
  • Carlos Molina Vargas Miembros suplentes
  • Manuel Alfonso Chaves Solís Miembros suplentes
  • Oscar Mario Zúñiga Cambronero Miembros suplentes
  • Ricardo Adolfo Rojas Kopper Miembros suplentes
  • Olger Beita Ortiz Miembros suplentes ampliado
  • Carlos Colombari Fonseca Miembros suplentes ampliado
  • Edgar Herrera Echandi Director Ejecutivo y de Comercialización
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OPERATIONS, STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER

CERTIFICATES

At LAICA, our goal is to make things in the best way possible. For that reason, we work under an Integrated Management System that considers multiple quality, food safety and health, and occupational safety standards.

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NUMBERS

Publication sugar Zafra fee and extra-fee 2019-2020

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Publication sugar Zafra fee and extra-fee 2015-2016

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Publication honey settlement 2015-2016

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Publication Zafra sugar settlement 2016-2017

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Publication honey settlement 2019 – 2020

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Publication sugar settlement Oct. 22 2015

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Publication honey settlement 2016-2017 1

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Sugar advance April 2019

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Publication honey settlement Oct. 22 2015

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Publication honey settlement 2017-2018

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Organic Law of Sugarcane Agriculture and Industry

Here you can download the Law, its objective is promoting an equitable relationship regime between sugarcane producers and sugar mills, guaranteeing a rational and fair participation for each sector.