Acuamaya Wins Guatemala's 2012 Best Exporter Award in the Agriculture and Aquaculture Category

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Acuamaya (, a Guatemala based company, pioneer in the production and export of farm raised shrimp and development of top genetic programs for live shrimp post-larvae, has been recognized as the 2012 Best Exporter in the Agriculture and Aquaculture Category by the National Association of Guatemalan Exporters - AGEXPORT

Acuamaya (, a company that has been producing and exporting top quality shrimp globally since 1983, and developing some of the most advanced genetic programs for the production of live shrimp Post-Larvae at its own Hatchery, has been recognized with the Best Exporter Award in the Agriculture and Aquaculture Category by AGEXPORT at the 2012 National Exporters Gala. For 24 years now, AGEXPORT has acknowledged those organizations that have excelled through their abilities to export, innovate and introduce products and services of the highest quality into international markets, while contributing to the economic and social development and competitive advancement of Guatemala.

"We are honored to have been nominated and selected as Guatemala’s 2012 Best Exporter’s in the Agriculture and Aquaculture Category by AGEXPORT," said Gabriel Biguria, V.P. Sales & Marketing of Acuamaya. “Our company has been a pioneer in the production of shrimp in Central America and a driver for development of Guatemala’s shrimp industry since 1983, when my father, Gabriel Biguria Sr. founded the company”. Ever since, Acuamaya has been exporting top quality Vannamei shrimp and positioning the Guatemalan Origin under its Tikal® and Crystal Ponds® Brands, to top customers around the world.

“The whole Acuamaya team is thrilled with the award recognizing our on-going efforts in shrimp production, R&D and the innovations achieved with our genetic programs at our La Candelaria Hatchery, considered to be one of the most successful in the region,” said Alexander (Zandy) De Beausset, V.P. of Production at Acuamaya. “This award encourages us to continue with our R&D efforts in the development of the shrimp industry along with sustainable aquaculture practices”.

"Acuamaya earned this award for their innovative work in shrimp genetic programs along with important contributions in the promotion of sustainable economic and social development in their communities, while helping to promote the image of the country abroad through the promotion of their products in top global markets”, said Luis Godoy, Director General of the National Association of Guatemalan Exporters - AGEXPORT.

About Acuamaya
Acuamaya S.A. ( was founded in 1983 as one of the first aquaculture companies in Central America, dedicated to the cultivation, processing and commercialization of high quality shrimp and related aquaculture products. Today, Acuamaya is recognized both as a pioneering company and a key driver in the development of the shrimp industry in Guatemala. Acuamaya produces 100% premium Vannamei Shrimp, grown and nurtured at its own farms in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. The combination of ideal growing conditions and the selection of top families of post-larvae from its own hatchery, allow it to provide globally, shrimp of the highest quality and taste. Acuamaya takes pride for exporting its premium Tikal and Crystal Ponds Brand Shrimp from Guatemala, for over 29 years to many satisfied customers around the world.

The Guatemalan Exporters Association – AGEXPORT - (, is a private non-profit entity, established in 1982; that represents, promotes and develops non-traditional exports of Guatemalan companies. It provides high level assistance services to the exporters, serving the business community at-large in international trade activities and investments, whether in Guatemala or abroad. AGEXPORT represents dynamic and innovative Guatemalan entrepreneurs that participate and compete in world markets, and also those companies preparing to export. Its vision is to "Develop Guatemala as a world exporter" through the promotion of exports based on competitiveness; thus contributing to the economic and social development of Guatemala.

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