The Riclan story began in the 1940s, in the city of Rio Claro, with the artisanal production of candy that was sold at the train station to passengers taking the Companhia Paulista de Estradas de Ferro (São Paulo state railroad).
Due to the great success of the candy, IG Teixeirawas founded and numerous employees were hired. In 1963, the factory attracted new investment, went into lollipop production, and was renamed Fábrica de Balas São João. In this period, our flavor had already spread throughout Brazil with the production of 1.5 tons of product on a daily basis.
The strategy adopted by the company to gain new markets and offer quality products brought about, in 1973, the construction of a modern, 30,000 m2 factory. This phase marked the birth of the first candy with a frosty taste in the shape of Brazilian characters, which was an innovative product at the time. Another remarkable fact, at the time, was the initiation of exports to the demanding North American market. From then on, the world came to know the delicious taste of São João products.
With the construction of a modern factory and the development of new products, important brands were launched. In 1978, the enjoyable Buzzy chewing gum arrived on the market and became a big success, with the suffusion of color into its little shapes and a variety of flavors.
The ongoing quest to offer unique, modern products to consumers led the company, in 1985, to acquire leading-edge equipment. With this achievement, the São João candy factory launched the refreshing Freegells drops, a product line that added value to the company portfolio and that, to this day, holds an important position within the candies market in Brazil.
In seeking to globalize its brands, at the turn of the century, the São João candy factory adopted a new corporate image and came to be known as Riclan S.A.
Over the years, a variety of brands was created to strengthen the range of products and to add value to the business. Product launches such as Freegells, Buzzy, Pocket, My Toffee, Gomutcho, Go Jelly, Pop Mania, Energy Mix and TNT have proven the quality and innovation of the company lines.
Riclan has developed a strong line of work related to licensing characters and is recognized by the market for launching modern products and being connected to young children, with licenses in the highest demand ever at the moment.
In order to consolidate an expansion plan, in 2003, a new 200,000 m2 site was acquired in Rio Claro, and a modern distribution center and a new factory unit were installed, based on leading-edge technology. The quality of raw materials used, the constant upgrading and modernization of industrial facilities and employee training and specialization has allowed Riclan to gain a prominent position on the national and international scene and to become recognized as one of the most innovative companies in the candies segment.
The company currently produces around 240 tons of product a day, which are distributed throughout the Brazilian territory and more than 50 countries such as the United States, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Romania, Argentina, Peru and Chile, among others.
Riclan, never forgetful of environmental awareness, isolates and treats its waste, thus avoiding degradation of the environment.
Riclan makes use of state-of-the-art methodologies for Quality Control, which causes employees to absorb and bring home an awareness of environmental quality and conservation.
Recycling means transforming the products that you use to new ones without the need, for example, to deforest an area to make paper.
By recycling our waste, we are helping to save the entire planet, through conservation of raw materials and energy savings. For this purpose, Riclan does its part by recycling more than half of its industrial waste, paper and cardboard, plastics, metal, and glass. After all, recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 130 kilos of oil; tin can resist degradation for 100 years; recycling 1 ton of paper saves 22 trees, consumes 71% less energy and causes 74% less air pollution than it takes to manufacture it. Recycling 1 ton of glass consumes 70% less energy than it takes to make it.
At Riclan, water is used in the manufacture of products and also in the cleaning of equipment, so we treat that water to return it to our city’s water and sewage system free of contaminants. The industrial effluent treatment station at Riclan functions 24 hours a day, with the capacity to treat up to 120 cubic meters of water, a volume equivalent to 600,000 cups of water per day.
VIDA LEVE - SEJA SAUDÁVEL
Com o aumento do número de obesos no país - e sabendo o risco que o sobrepeso pode trazer à saúde - o Programa Vida Leve, em parceria com o SESI, foi implantado na Riclan em junho de 2012 com o objetivo de estimular a adoção de uma reeducação alimentar e, consequentemente, atingir uma melhoria no bem estar e qualidade de vida dos funcionários. O projeto é constituído por etapas: exames laboratoriais, palestras, consultas de nutrição, pesagem semanal e a elaboração de um cardápio especial para o restaurante da Riclan.
Além da constante assistência do Médico do Trabalho, os funcionários podem ser encaminhados, conforme a necessidade de cada um, para especialistas como cardiologistas, endocrinologistas entre outros. O atendimento nutricional ocorre através de consultas individuais onde serão oferecidas orientações específicas e personalizadas.
Para estimular quem está seguindo as dicas de saúde dos profissionais, semanalmente ocorre a pesagem individual com premiação mensal do colaborador que mais eliminar peso.
Conhecido e comemorado internacionalmente, o Outubro Rosa é um movimento popular para a luta contra o câncer de mama que estimula a participação da população, empresas e entidades. O câncer de mama é o segundo mais comum em todo mundo, com cerca de 1,15 milhão de novos casos por ano. Só no Brasil, foram 52 mil novos casos entre 2012 e 2013. (fonte: portalsaude.saude.gov.br).
O objetivo central do "Programa Outubro Rosa” é incentivar as colaboradoras e esposas de funcionários na faixa dos 40 anos a fazer mamografia anualmente.
Para contribuir com a redução dessas taxas, o projeto tem a proposta de conscientizar sobre a importância do diagnóstico precoce através da mamografia. Na Riclan, o médico mastologista e oncologista, Dr. André Coroa, fez palestra sobre a prevenção e tratamento. Além disso, tivemos um treinamento de capacitação sobre câncer de mama, com a equipe Rede Rioclarense de Combate ao Câncer, Carmem Prudente e Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. O objetivo desta capacitação foi formar multiplicadores de informação.
Além dessas campanhas de conscientização, tivemos ações com todos os funcionários vestidos de rosa, com o logo: ‘a Riclan apoia a luta contra o câncer de mama’. Fora da fábrica, stands distribuíam material informativo sobre o tema e a iluminação da Torre da Avenida Rio Claro.
Riclan – empresa amiga da mulher!