Non-alcoholic beverage industry with export potential

Nicolle Valerio says the association has three pillars: promoting environmental conservation; promoting the welfare of its consumers; and contributing to the economy.

The country’s soft drink industry plans to increase its exports to the Caribbean, taking advantage of the geographical proximity, which gives it a comparative advantage.

So far Industria San Miguel and Cervecería Nacional Dominicana are exporting, and they hope that companies will be encouraged to sell more abroad.

“When we see the size of the investments of the companies, they have sized them with the export market in mind, because that is where greater added value is created and economy of scale is created for export purposes. So there is the potential to export to the Caribbean,” said Roberto Despradel, an expert in economics and trade and general manager of Despradel & Asociados.

Despradel and Nicolle Valerio Issa, executive director of the Association of Non-Alcoholic Beverages Industries of the Dominican Republic (Asibenas), participated as guests at HOY’s Economic Encounter.

Asibenas Groups 13 companies

Bebidas Sin AlcoholValerio explained that Asibenas groups 13 companies of the production sectors such as malts, soft drinks, water, energy drinks, hydrating drinks for sportsmen, juices, among others. Its members are leading non-alcoholic beverage companies that have decided to join forces to achieve economic growth, environmental responsibility and development of the environments in which they operate.

He indicated that the association has three pillars: to promote the conservation of the environment; to promote the well-being of its consumers and to be an entity that contributes to the national economy through jobs, taxes and productive linkages.

Within the practices of environmental conservation, its priority is the circular economy and that is why we are part of NUVI, which is formed by different sectors, companies and guilds for the formation of integrated systems for the management of recoverable waste.

The first Integrated Waste Management System (IWMS) was that of PET plastic bottles for their collection and recycling. New integrated waste management systems are also included, which means that materials such as waste paper, cardboard, construction materials, tin, glass and others will be part of NUVI in the future.

Valerio highlighted that NUVI has collected 4,850,000 pounds of PET, which is equivalent to approximately 87,300,000 plastic bottles. This represents 5,499.80 truckloads of garbage and 7,303,738 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) were saved.

They have also educated on circular economy and recycling issues to more than six thousand people and many of these, children belonging to both public and private educational centers.

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