Tres Jotas Agroindustrial Group, where the graduate José Joaquín Delgado (‘15, Costa Rica) works, was recently awarded a tender to provide quality meat to the 28 hospitals of the Costa Rican Health System, covering the majority of the country, for the next four years,.
According to José Joaquín, this is the first time that a request for proposal (RFP) of this type is opened, and Tres Jotas was interested in participating not only for a financial reason, but primarily for the opportunity to provide with quality meat the entire country. “The tender includes 22 cuts of beef and pork. What they did was standardize the quality of the product. This means that any of the hospitals can make a request and will be guaranteed a supplier that will provide them promptly and will not give them a product of an inferior quality,” says Delgado.
The first selection filter featured 20 people, counting processing plants and individuals, and the best five were selected. They performed a final test evaluating price and quality (plant inspections, occupational practices, and product conditions).
This is where “Tres Jotas” stood out from the rest, José states that “In terms of the evaluation, we had the highest score in quality (93/100) and in the total sum, including the price factor, we had 88/100. The second place totaled a score of 77/100 “.
Jose Joaquin expects that by January 2017 the product will be distributed to all hospitals because of the gradual process, but they are definitely excited about the new challenge.
“We are obviously thrilled, although it’s a great challenge. We must establish all the logistics for delivery, trucks, the product in general and much more. However, we are guaranteeing hospitals a standardized quality. For example, we are making sure that hospitals in rural areas receive first-class food, which has been reflected in the congratulatory messages we have received for the quality and presentation of the product. ”
Tres Jotas Agroindustrial Group
Tres Jotas Agroindustrial Group was founded in 2009 as a family business, and currently has a staff of 300 employees, including Kenneth Navarro (‘13, Costa Rica) who is the production manager.
Currently they are a commercialization company that is dedicated to the sale of beef, pork, chicken, fish, sausage and seafood. Their main offices are in Perez Zeledon (Southern part of the country) and they have a distribution center that started operations a couple of months ago in Coronado (near the capital San Jose), which aims to cover the Central Valley more precisely. They have 33 distribution routes that include the Costa Rica’s border with Panama, including towns like Golfito, San Vito and Rio Claro, the Pacific coastal town of Jacó, San Isidro del General, the Southern region of Los Santos, and four routes in the Greater Metropolitan Area.
José Joaquín at EARTH
Delgado was part of the 2012-2015 class and his life-long dream of studying at EARTH was fostered by a friend of his father, an EARTH alumnus.
“I chose EARTH because ever since I can remember, it has been my goal. It was a dream of my parents and mine to study there, especially since they did not have the opportunity of an education. I am the first of my family to obtain a college degree. In addition to the knowledge I acquired, I can say that the most fruitful part of my four years at the University was my personal learning process. When I began living on my own, remembering my responsibilities, what to do, etc., it helped me stand on my own and make my own decisions.”