TREXCO, INC. is a professional services company specializing in business development and export management for the food and confectionery industries. With an established and continuously expanding network of importers and distributors in Latin America and the Caribbean, TREXCO assists overseas manufacturers in expanding their international business into those regions. From its corporate headquarters in Florida, TREXCO has convenient access to all major markets. All of TREXCO's key employees are native Spanish speakers who are familiar with the peculiarities of individual Latin American and Caribbean countries, their cultural differences and business mentality.
The name of the firm, TREXCO, is an acronym.
- TR stands for Trade.
- EX stands for Export.
- CO stands for Consulting.
In 1998, Jaime Sigal, a native of Mexico formed TREXCO in Miami, Florida. Instead of accepting offers for partnerships at that time from two manufacturing professionals, he decided to go alone. In early 1999 he invited long time acquaintance Jorge Soto from Uruguay to join him. In the beginning they served just a handful of countries. Today, as a full service Export Management Company (EMC), TREXCO is active in 21 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
TREXCO is a member of FITA, The Federation of International Trade Associations.
The Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA), founded in 1984, fosters international trade by strengthening the role of local, regional, and national associations throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada that have an international mission.
Export Management clients
As an Export Management Company, TREXCO, Inc. serves major manufacturers:
- Perfetti Van Melle: The Perfetti Van Melle company bears the names of its founders, the brothers Ambrogio and Egidio Perfetti, and Izaak van Melle. In 1946 and 1900 respectively, they set up their own pioneer industrial sugar confectionery factories in Lainate, Italy and Breskens, Netherlands. Perfetti acquired Van Melle in 2001, creating one of the largest confectionery companies in the world. In 2006 Perfetti Van Melle reached an agreement with Spanish manufacturer Chupa Chups to acquire 100% of that company. Still privately owned today, Perfetti Van Melle operates 35 companies, including 27 manufacturing facilities around the world.
- Trolli Ibérica: Trolli is the brand name of the Germany based Mederer Group, second largest gummi candy producer in the world. Founded in 1948, the privately held group encompasses modern production facilities in Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic and China; it has 1,700 employees. Annual production capacity is 100,000 metric tonnes. Trolli Iberica S.A. was formed in 1994 with offices and production facilities in Valencia, Spain; in 1995, Trolli Bohemia s.r.o. was set up as a packaging facility.
- Just Born: The history of Just Born, Inc. began in 1910, when Samuel Born immigrated to the United States from Russia. In 1916, the ingenious candy maker was awarded the keys to San Francisco for inventing the Born Sucker Machine, which mechanically inserted sticks into lollipops. Headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Just Born is the world's largest manufacturer of novelty marshmallow treats, with a daily production capacity of two million Marshmallow Peeps. Just Born also produces a wide variety of chewy candies and jelly beans. In 2003, Just Born acquired Goldenberg Candy Company of Philadelphia, makers of the Peanut Chews peanut bar. Today, the family owned company markets its confections in over 50 countries.
- Ritter Sport: Founded in 1912 by Alfred and Clara Ritter, family owned Alfred Ritter GmbH today employs 800 people at its headquarters in Waldenbuch, near Stuttgart, Germany. The creation of the square shaped 'Ritter Sport' chocolate bar in 1932 marked the beginning of the company's worldwide success. The bright coloured and squared chocolate bars are a very attractive and out of the ordinary product that characterizes the company and places it among the most respected chocolate companies in the world. Ritter Sport chocolate bars are available in more than 70 countries.
- Ganong: In 1873 brothers James and Gilbert Ganong began making chocolate confections in the small town of St.Stephen, New Brunswick. Familiy owned Ganong Bros. Limited is Canada's oldest candy company, employing about 400 people. The company's largest sales volume is from boxed chocolates; other products include jelly beans, candy bars, fruit jellies, and 'Chicken Bones', a cinnamon flavoured pink, hard candy jacket over a chocolate centre. Ganong currently exports to the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as to the Far East and Australia. Efforts are currently underway to enter Latin American and Caribbean markets.
- Bahlsen: The family enterprise established by Hermann Bahlsen in 1889 is headquartered in Hannover, Germany. Bahlsen is the leading manufacturer of sweet biscuits and cakes in Germany. Under the two umbrella brands of Bahlsen and Leibniz the company is offering a diversified assortment of sweet biscuits ranging from assorted biscuit boxes to wafers, biscuit bars, cakes and Christmas biscuits. The four manufacturing facilities of the company achieved a production output of 138,000 metric tons in 2006. Total turnover in that year amounted to EUR 458 Million. Bahlsen exports to more than 80 countries.