development and future
The Riopaila Castilla SA sugar project dates back to when the company began operating in 1918 as a sugar mill on Hacienda Riopaila, in the north of Valle del Cauca, then in 1928, Don Hernando Caicedo Caicedo, a seasoned businessman Valleca Ucano, inaugurates the Ingenio Riopaila SA and installs the sugar factory in the district of La Paila, south of the municipality of Zarzal. Later, in October 1945, Central Castilla SA was inaugurated and the sugar factory was installed in Pradera, Valle. In 2006 both companies split the industrial operation giving rise to Riopai la Industrial SA and Castilla Industrial SA
In 2007, Riopaila Industrial SA and Castilla Industrial SA merged, giving rise to Riopaila Castilla SA, which has two manufacturing plants: Riopaila Plant, located north of Valle del Cauca in La Paila (Zarzal) and Castilla Plant, located south of Valle del Cauca in Pradera.