El Salvador: New Avocado Packing Plant

The new selection, labeling and packing plant will benefit 42 micro, small and medium producers.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The new plant enables producers who are members of the Avocado Association of El Salvador (PROD) to have a joint form of marketing their product with a presentation package that has the same image as imported avocados.

The launch of the selection-packing plant substantially increases opportunities of higher incomes for agricultural producers, benefiting over 1 thousand families through higher wages and permanent work.

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Del Monte to Appeal Closing of Pineapple Producer in Costa Rica

May 2009

The Environmental Administrative Court ordered an immediate halt of activities and the closing of the pineapple packing plant.

In the face of the Environmental Administrative Tribunal's decision to close its packing plant facilities for exceeding the permitted amount of a chemical in its wastewater, the Del Monte Agricultural Development Corporation, SA, indicated that it would appeal the decision.

Costa Rica Imports 90% of Avocados Consumed

July 2013

Although the country is a major consumer of avocados, only 10% is produced domestically, with $20 million worth being imported every year.

From a press release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG):

The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Gloria Abraham Peralta and Deputy Minister Tania Lopez Lee opened on July 23 the IV Latin American Congress on Avocados, Costa Rica 2013, home to more than 300 participants who consisted of producers, researchers , traders and the general public, who sought expand and share experiences on the culture.

Del Monte Reopens Packing Plant

June 2009

The Administrative Environmental Court authorized Fresh Del Monte to reopen its pineapple packing plant under set conditions.

On May 18th, the Court ordered an immediate stop and closure of the plant´s activities in Siquirres, Limón for surpassing the permitted amount of chemicals in its runoff water.

SigmaQ Opens New Plant in El Salvador

January 2012

The company aims to meet increasing regional demand by increasing its capacity to produce corrugated cardboard by 40%.

SigmaQ, a company with about 1,800 customers in El Salvador and the region, opened a new cardboard pressing plant on Thursday, with an investment of $4 million, the company reported in a statement.

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