Costa Rica: Banana Improves but Fails to Reach Export Target

Despite an increase of 12% compared to 2009, the sector did not achieve its goal of 103 million cases expected for 2010.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Preliminary data reported total foreign sales of 98 million boxes, 5% lower than expected.

"The climate was not as favorable as expected -but better than 2009–; this is the main cause of failing to reach the production target," reported

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Costa Rica: Good Times to Come for the Banana Industry

September 2010

The banana industry expects to end the year with a total of 103 million boxes exported, tying production levels with those of 2008.

In the Caribbean region, where almost all of the production area is found (42,595 hectares), weather has been favorable, contributing to the upturn in production.

Banana Exports Rebound in Costa Rica

December 2010

Although not yet reaching the numbers of 2008, exports in 2010 will exceed 20% of those in 2009 and are expected to continue to improve in 2011.

Weather affected production of bananas in 2009, when only 87 million boxes were sold overseas. In 2010 exports will reach 100 million boxes, valued at nearly $ 700 million.

Costa Rican Bananas Lose Ground

February 2014

More global competition and less demand from Europe partly explain the stagnation of exports in the last three years.

Official data shows that in the last three years Costa Rican banana exports have stagnated, remaining at between 106 and 107 million boxes, each weighing 18.14 kilos. Businessmen from the sector claim that greater global competition and declining demand in Europe explain the stagnation.

Banana Growers Expect 23% More Production

March 2010

Costa Rican banana growers estimate that this harvest will yield 107 million 18-kg boxes.

The National Banana Corporation (Corbana), estimates that in 2010 each hectare will yield 2.380 boxes, a 16% increase when compared to 2009 (2.043 boxes per hectare).

“These estimates are proving to be true.

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