Costa Rica's Pineapple Sector is Growing at 8%
Due to continued growth, the country remains the largest exporter of fresh pineapples.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
According to the National Chamber of Producers and Exporters of Pineapples (Canapep), revenues from foreign sales totaled $743 million. Juice concentrates were valued at $82 million.
Dutch companies have secured themselves a supply of pineapples by signing an exclusive marketing agreement with Panamanian producers.
In the last 5 years pineapple cultivation areas have doubled, the annual harvest is around 2 million tons, and the amounts being exported exceed those of bananas.
Pineapple producers in West Africa are hoping to create new niches for the fruit in the European market, although in recent years they have lost ground to the volumes exported by Costa Rica to that market.
During 2013, exports grew by 7% and the main destinations are still the U.S. and Europe.
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