Astek Aromas y Sabores
Aromas y Sabores Técnicos S.A. (ASTEK) is a 100% Costa Rican company dedicated to the design, manufacture and distribution of flavorings and colorings for the food products sector, as well as fragrances and colorants for across the industrial sector.
ASTEK was founded on August 24, 1974 by a group of five people with extensive knowledge of the industrial sector and the local market, with the initial goal of creating flavorings and colorings for the national food service industry. In time, the company began to diversify the products it offered, including fragrances and colorants for the industrial sector. The growth ASTEK experienced over the years has allowed it to serve the Central American, Caribbean and Panamanian markets, thanks to the effort of its administrative, technical and production staff, all focused on providing excellent service, technical support and product quality. Client satisfaction is one of our basic principles. This has led us to develop a BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM based on quality, safety, health and occupational well-being that has allowed us to stay on the cutting edge and consolidate our position as a strategic partner in an increasingly competitive market. ASTEK is located at
Calle La Rusia, La Asunción de Belén, in a facility of approximately 3.500m².
In addition to designing, producing and distributing flavorings, fragrances, colorants and other additives, we provide the possibility of joint innovation through collaborating at our facility, where we offer highly qualified staff, advanced technologies, two research, innovation and development laboratories, and a quality control laboratory. We also provide technical consulting and support to our clients during the development of their products.
Our seven pillars
Our commitment to providing high quality products is part of our management policy at ASTEK. We have an integrated system that ensures quality throughout the organization’s value chain through various areas of focus and continual improvement.
Our management is focused on reducing negative environmental impact through the optimization of resources, the use of clean energies (thermal and photovoltaic solar power), proper waste management and responsible, sustainable production.
Ensuring safe products is foremost at ASTEK. Our safety management system guarantees the standardized conditions, practices and procedures needed to produce and supply safe products to our business partners.
Health and Occupational Well-Being
Our workplace environment is based on a healthy-business model that, in addition to guaranteeing safety, prevention and protection for our collaborators, also promotes their health and well-being with a holistic approach.
Integrity, Ethics and Transparency
At ASTEK, we uphold respectful treatment with constant dialogue and transparency in search of the common good. The development of our operations and commercial relations according to the highest standards of transparency, ethics and good business practices is of vital importance to us. ASTEK is committed to guaranteeing, through continual improvement, the actions necessary to prevent fraud, bribery, corruption and undue appropriation.
At ASTEK we have two laboratories of research and development, cutting-edge technology and valuable human resources that support our group of specialized professionals in the manufacture and design of flavorings, fragrances, colorants and other products. The creation of innovative products strengthens the differentiation and positioning of ASTEK in the market. We also promote open, inclusive innovation through an annual ideas competition where all collaborators are invited to participate, contributing ideas from improvement in any aspect of our work.
We seek to generate a positive impact in the various relationships linked to ASTEK, through concrete actions that seek to facilitate the development of society inside and outside of the organization. We seek to achieve a balanced relationship among economic growth, social well-being and the responsible use of natural resources.