Costa Rica Readies new Export Clusters

The Coto Brus Coffe Producers Cluster is composed by 3.000 coffee growers from the country, looking for better economies of scale in production, marketing and export.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The new cluster will begin operations in August 2009, and joins others created with the sponsorship of the Export Promotion Agency (Procomer). Two of these clusters are composed by doctors, one by food producers and one by metal mechanics companies.

An Elfinancierocr.com article indicates that "Procomer is also working in the creation of four new clusters: information technology and communication services, audiovisual services, plants exporters, flower and foliage, and musical industry".



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Nicaragua: $30 million to Combat Coffee Rust

June 2015

The coffee trader Ecom will be managing the funds provided by Starbucks, IFC and the IDB for long-term financing to help Nicaraguan coffee growers fight against rust.

From a statement issued by the International Finance Corporation (IFC):

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will provide long-term loans to help Nicaraguan coffee farmers combat the devastating effects of the coffee rust fungus, which has swept through Central America, crippling production and threatening the livelihoods of millions who depend on the coffee industry.

Panama: Online Coffee Auction Postponed

June 2013

Problems in logistics, transport and new customs regulations in the destination countries, are the reasons why the the internet coffee auction has been suspended.

Plinio Ruiz, president of the Specialty Coffee Growers of Panama (SCAP) commented that these factors have delayed the collection of coffee samples from interested buyers in the on line auction, but he is confident that it will be held in late June or in early July.

Consortium of Coffee and Honey Exporters

November 2012

The "Coffee and Honey Mayan Group" consists of five business from the Salvadoran coffee and honey sectors who together are making a joint effort to promote their products.

Elmundo.com.sv reports that "Five small and medium enterprises in the areas of coffee and honey will unite to form a consortium for a promotion that will allow them to facilitate the export of their products abroad through various joint activities, reported the Productive Chains Directorate of the Ministry of Economy (Minec). "

Coffee: Sell Before the Price Drops Further

June 2012

Some producers and dealers are offering coffee left over from the last harvest, anticipating lower prices in the short term.

A report by Volcafé report shows that farmers in Guatemala and Costa Rica are interested in selling the remaining stock from the 2011-2012 harvest, before prices, which have dropped 33% so far this year, continue to fall.

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