With its disruptive products and border-breaking markets, we bring the flavor of Colombina to the world proving that flavor can be endless.
Filling the world with Endless Flavor for over 95 years!
… and it all started with our founder,
Hernando was a visionary, born of Colombia's agricultural hub, the Valle del Cauca Department. He instinctively knew how to harness its nurturing sunlight, rich soil, and profusion of tropical fruit into candy and sweets – a recipe for Endless Flavor – passing down delight from generation to generation.
Hernando starts out by milling sugar cane to produce raw sugar on a small plot of land, which he eventually expands into The ‘Riopaila’ sugar mill.
Hernando switches from milling and formally constitutes the Colombina food company.
Colombina’s fruit-flavored hard candy affectionately becomes known as “Colombinas”.
Second generation command
Hernando’s son, Jaime Hernando, known for his driving entrepreneurial talent, takes over at Colombina. He puts Colombina into overdrive pushing its operations to expand across the nation … and overseas!
Colombina turns to manufacturing naturally flavored fillings and jams using European
techniques on Valle del Cauca's most iconic fruits eliminating artificial flavoring.
Colombina starts exporting to the world's largest market - the United States - making it the first South American factory to compete with Old World confectionery companies.
Colombina expands to meet growing overseas demand by erecting a plant in La Paila, Valle del Cauca Department.
The Bon Bon Bum bubble-gum-filled lollipop took the candy market by storm turning candy
on its head in Colombia - sales triple in just one year!
Bon Bon Bum quickly becomes the #1 product of Colombina for both young and old candy lovers.
Next, Colombina's Coffee Delight hard candy becomes a Colombian icon. Nucita Chocolate Crème follows and becomes an instant hit with kids with its charming two-toned double flavor swirl.
Crucial international alliances are made with Peter Paul and its famous line of filled
chocolates, with Meiji Seika Kaisha, a Japanese food company, and General Foods for production and
export of soft drinks.
The 80's also see an alliance with Seatech International for exclusive distribution of Van Camp's tuna and sardines – an alliance still going strong today!
Colombina's acquisition of Splendid takes Colombina into the baked goods and leads to its own Baked Goods Food Processing Plant in Cauca Department, known as ‘Colombina del Cauca’.
Toward the end of the 20th century, Colombina ventures into sauces and preserves when it acquires the ‘Constancia’ brand.
The 21st Century: 2000 and Beyond. Major Investments & Colombina’s Transition to a Multi-category Food Company
Colombina sets up an alliance with the Colombian Coffee Federation to distribute
‘Café Buendía’ instant coffee.
Colombina's ‘Compañía de Alimentos del Pacífico’, or CAPSA food processing plant goes into operation in Guatemala - built in partnership with the Pantaleon Concepcion Group to serve Central America.
Cesar A. Caicedo takes over the Executive Presidency at Colombina modernizing
Colombina's Corporate Vision and stimulating growth throughout its overseas affiliates.
In true Caicedo style, Cesar DEVELOPS the company’s food categories, portfolio diversification and strategic overseas alliances.
Ventures into ice cream acquiring ‘Inalac, Helados LIS’
Acquires ‘Helados Robin Hood’ ice-cream company
Launches its ‘Crakeñas’ brand saltines
Creates ‘Colombina del Cauca’ dedicated Free Trade Zone
Acquires ‘C.I. Comexa’ and begins manufacturing Amazon brand salsas and
Partners with Colombina-LivSmart to drive development, manufacture, retailing, and distribution of healthy alternative beverages across the Americas
Launches ‘Colombina 100%’ brand – large multi-category varied ingredient and diverse feature product line free of artificial food dyes and flavoring that is better for you.
Acquires the top confectionary company in Spain, ‘Fiesta’ and establishes a
more formidable overseas presence across Europe
Hits the 70-country/750,000-client mark and secures a greater Central American market participation when it buys out the ‘Compañía de Alimentos del Pacífico’, or CAPSA food processing plant
Reaches 14 overseas affiliates with its operations in The Dominican Republic
Launched our Rall-E Sales – Colombina’s 24/7 shop-owner digitalization and stocking App that comes with a complete Mom-and-Pop product-line catalogue.
Recertified in Equipares Gold Gender Equity Seal – 1st company to achieve recertification!
Inaugurated our 4,890-solar panel solar farm at our Colcauca Cookie Plant in Santander de
Celebrated Bon Bon Bum’s 50th anniversary: Colombina’s iconic multi-generational lollipop with a bubble-gum surprise at the center!
Attained Bronze ranking in S&P Global’s Annual Yearbook.
Recognized by Portafolio Awards as the top human-resource management company for our
outstanding command of recruitment, selection process, training and work environment.
Awarded Zero-waste Certification for our sustainability management at our ColCauca Cookie Plant by ICONTEC and Zero Waste Corporation of Colombia.
Inaugurated our solar farm at our La Paila Confectionary Plant.
Listed among top 10 food companies with Best Sustainability Practices by S&P Global
Corporate Sustainability Assessment.
Awarded Zero-waste Certification for our sustainability management at our La Paila Confectionary Plant by ICONTEC and Zero Waste Corporation of Colombia.
Distinguished award: Cesar Caicedo, Executive President, recognized as The 2022 Businessman of the Year by La Republica newspaper.
Ranked 5th in ESG Responsibility by Merco ESG Responsibility Ranking.