Pork Consumption Up in Costa Rica

Per capita consumption of pork increased from 8.9kg in 2004 to 11.6kg in 2009, an increase of 33%.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Renato Alvarado, president of the Chamber of Pork Producers, indicated that last year was the best of the previous five.

"Pork producers report that 45,000 pigs were slaughtered in 2009 for the Costa Rican domestic market. This year that figure has risen to 55,000," Alvarado told La Nacion.

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Costa Rica: Protection for Domestic Pork

April 2015

Imports of pork from Chile have grown and local pork producers are asking the government for actions to be taken to protect them from the competition.

Problems of competitiveness are emerging for some sectors of the Costa Rican agro/livestock production, as entrepreneurs from other countries with which it has free trade agreements -in this case Chile - are taking advantage of opportunities provided by those treaties.

Costa Rica Consumes 32% More Pork

April 2010

In the past five years, per capita pork consumption has increased from 8.8kg a year to 11.6kg in 2009.

Pork production increased 30% in the same period, going from 505.801 to 661.334 pigs.

“Mario Garro, CEO of pork company ‘Carnes Zamora’, explained that for 2010 they expect per capita consumption to be similar than 2009”, reported Elfinancierocr.com.

Costa Rica: Pork Producers Affected

June 2011

The purchase of foreign pork is affecting local producers’ prices.

Between 2009 and 2010 imports of pork grew by over 200%, which has created significant downward pressure on local prices, hurting pig farmers in Costa Rica.

Industry representatives argue that in addition to normal imports, "irregular" imports are being made which are affecting the competitiveness of the domestic industry.

El Salvador: Consumption of Pork

November 2014

Between 2011 and 2013 the annual consumption of pork per capita increased from 1.98 kilos to 3.25 kilos, and farm production recorded increases of between 12% and 15%.

Among the factors that have contributed to increased consumption and production in the last two years is that price stability shown after the health crisis affecting major producers and marketers of pork.

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