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.
The country has been the world's largest exporter of pineapples since 2007.
"Currently, Costa Rica has 45,000 acres devoted to pineapple production, mostly located in the north and Caribbean side of the country, according to data from Canapep.
The Chamber of the industry estimates that in the Central American country there are about 1,300 producers of the fruit, of which 1250 qualify as small producers and the other 50 as medium and large", published Univision.com
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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.
The international prices for pineapples is the main factor in the industry’s growth, which exports having increased by 55%, and planted areas totalling 45,000 hectares.
During 2013, exports grew by 7% and the main destinations are still the U.S. and Europe.
During 2013 pineapple production increased by 7% compared to 2012, generating sales of $834 million. Fruit exports went from 2% of total goods exported in 2000 to 7.3% last year, according to the Foreign Trade Promotion Office(Procomer).
In the first four months of 2011, the equivalent of $665.9 million in pineapples have been sold overseas.
After twelve years of being in first place in sales from Costa Rica to the rest of the world, the banana has lost its top position, after pineapples grew 4.5% in May compared to the same month last year.
The sector expects to increase exports in 2010, and for this they have planted 45.000 hectares.
Canapep, the National Chamber of Pineapple Growers and Exporters, is betting on increased demand from the U.S. west coast and new markets like Turkey and Iraq.
"According to Canapep forecasts, this combination of factors, plus good sales to Europe, will make the sector grow in 2010", reported Nacion.com.