Irupana opens its coffee roasting plant in Villa La Merced. Javier Hurtado roasted coffee that day in the presence of some guests and the first Ritual Table of thanks to the Pachamama for that venture is held.
Irupana, begins its activities with the delicious coffee of the Irupana area, located in Sud Yungas of the department of La Paz.
A sun dried coffee and whose beans from the beginning, were carefully selected.
In 1992 Irupana already had a varied offer of natural products based on Andean cereals, honey, fruits of the hive and the integral bakery.
The model that Irupana chose to reach its final consumers were specialized stores, which had trained personnel who could explain the benefits, uses and origins of the different products.
The Irupana store is a point of sale for Irupana products and other companies in the same line: National products: nutritious and natural. With this concept, Irupana wants to serve as a bridge to small quality companies to reach the national market and, at the same time, offer its young clientele, products without chemical additives, selected and nutritious products and that come from nature-friendly companies.
The strategy of the own stores also corresponded to the participation of Irupana in local fairs; In the early years of Irupana, he won important awards that allowed the company to be visible to international financing agencies and companies.
The fairs allowed the company to become increasingly known, were and are events in which it can provide information on the benefits and uses of the products and ... something very important: meet with customers, listen to their needs and opinions.
We finished building the brick kilns and the activity starts on our own premises.
Irupana began its bakery activities in 1989 buying the services in a bakery house, then it was done in the Ciudad del Niño with the groups of children who learned trades ... we finally learned that to control the quality and production volumes of agreement With the market demand, we need to have a plant.
The year 2001 Irupana is capitalized and they become members of what at that time was called PRODEM, and then IES. And Pro Credit.
This great step in the history of Irupana allows you to have the capital to invest in machinery and equipment both for the local market and for the benefit of quinoa.
A very important achievement that Irupana achieved since 2000, was to participate in school breakfasts in the city of La Paz, the Municipality was very receptive to innovative offers such as those of Irupana, which presented breads enriched with Andean cereals such as quinoa, Canawa and amaranth, wilkaparu corn. We work preparing 60,000 daily rations to give Peace students the then school breakfast that began to be distributed with nutritional and national rations, generating the development of local productive chains such as Irupana.
Having developed activities for the provision of school breakfast in La Paz, he prepared the company to handle larger volumes of raw materials and finished products, an important achievement was to begin exports to Europe and the US. UU. With amaranth and quinoa.
The recent export activity began to demand machinery and equipment that already could not accommodate in the facilities of Villa La Merced, the volumes of products to be processed and sent to the international market demanded another type of infrastructure and with a credit we managed to grant us a infrastructure on the road to Senkata, in the Rosas Pampa area of El Alto.
There, as when we arrived at Villa La Merced, there was no telephone cable and less Internet, there were no full services and we began to build granite to granite again ... We went from operating in a three-story plant and three different levels similar to a maze , to work flat and with a locally produced machinery for the beneficiary of quinoa.
The export activity is becoming increasingly important and, in turn, more demanding in terms of quality from the production of raw materials to the final product.
In these years and with constant work, the international market is consolidated and made known in the European organic market as quality exporters.
The idea of establishing a Supplier Program with a strong indigenous and peasant base for the supply of organic and natural raw material arose from the very conception of the company; The consolidation of a quinoa and amaranth export company could only be achieved by consolidating and formalizing the Supplier Program that already worked but that during these years begins to develop more specific activities aimed at international markets.
Irupana manages to finance the Suppliers Program and formalize it for the technical assistance of small producers of Quinoa, Cañawa and Amaranth in compliance with the organic regulations as the main axis, but working collateral issues to the life of the rural communities that intervened in productive aspects.
The Bartolina Sissa Institute is created, with the intention of establishing a social arm of the company to support rural families that supply raw materials. Its strategic objective was to create the conditions for the generation of integral value: productive, environmental and social.
The growth of the international quinoa market requires company quality certifications and the implementation of quality management systems. The work begins to obtain the ISO 9001 certification, a year later the HACCP certification is achieved as the first food safety certification, both certifications, then they are replaced by the current FSSC 22000 certification that the company has to support its quinoa processes, cañawa and Amaranth and derivatives.
As of 2014, it obtains the gluten-free plant certification, SMETA, social responsibility certificate and kosher for the Jewish market, in addition to the organic certification. All these accreditations consolidate Irupana as a company prepared to compete with international companies for the control of its processes.
One of the most important challenges that Irupana has assumed since its inception is the production of value-added products for sale in local and international markets. Irupana is consolidated in these 32 years of life as an innovative company of products made with Andean cereals. Natural products, without chemical additives that alter their natural and nutritional quality.
The development of companies towards products with added value for local and export markets, constitutes in Bolivia a double challenge of access to clean technology, which allows to be more competitive in the market, without damaging the environment and renewing the commitment every day from its clientele to the Natural product, produced by Bolivian hands as a result of its great diversity ... that way Irupana travels through these intense 32 years of life ...
2018-2019: Contracts and Tenders work team with which we are granted two products of the largest breakfast in Bolivia with which we distribute 843,000 portions, and another 800,000 to small municipalities near La Paz. We also distribute 6 products and 509 servings per month to the Breastfeeding Grant.
2018-2019 Local Market Team, in activations and fairs promoting products of high nutritional value for the national market.