During our final day we were given a tour of Barry Callebaut, a large industrial cacau factory. Kaio, a UESC engineering student who is interning at the company, did a great job showing us around and explaining the processes. There were great questions and interactions, too, as students were interested in the industrial engineering work that he does here with control charts, production charts, SAP, and OEE. We had to dress like Umpa Lumpas so as not to contaminate anything. It was very interesting to see how similar factories are comparing to the US, but this one was unbearably HOT!
We then gorged ourselves with lunch at Los Pampas. Brazilian BBQ is truly amazing. The amount of meat we ate cannot even be described. It was delicious and fun, although many may have regretted it later. Patty, our previous coordinator, joined us for lunch. It was so wonderful to see her again. Love you, Patty!!!
They also raise bees at CEPLAC and produce honey. They have a special breed of bees that do not have stingers, which is neat for those of us who are allergic! They also raise African Killer Bees. When asked why they raise them if they are so dangerous, he said it was because they produce so much more honey than the other types, and it is sweeter.