To comply with the purchasing agreement for 8 million gallons, the sugar refineries Santa Rosa, Ofelina, La Victoria, and Central Azucarera de Alanje will join production.
Rafael Berrocal highlights in his article in Prensa.com statements by Anel Flores, owner of Azucarera Alanje: "This is an important opportunity for the sugar sector because it permits us to launch a new product for export."
The value of illegal sales of about 32,000 hectoliters of pure alcohol in the country each year is estimated at $54 million.
Growth in the volume traded on the illicit market has been increasing, with the exception of the period between 2012 and 2013, when it went down by 3.7% due to "... greater government control on ethanol, specifically in control of pharmacy alcohol and counterfeit or adulterated alcohol. "
In the last four years exports of distilled spirits and ethyl alcohol to Europe have tripled.
Improvements in both the quality and productivity have allowed Costa Rican companies to increase their presence not only in America but also in Europe.
Elfinancierocr.com reports: "Interestingly, on the website of Economics Trading Indicators - used as a reference by the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (Recope) - it states that the international prices of ethanol (ethyl alcohol) decreased 16.6 % in the last 12 months " . This means that despite the drop in prices, Costa Rican exports increased.
The Alcohol and Rum Distillery (DARSA) increased its production capacity with the purchase and acquisition of the Tulula Factory, in Retalhuleu.
Erick Aragon, general manager of the company, commented during the inauguration that the investment will allow the plant to increase its production from 40 to 90 million liters per year, for the various types of alcohol.
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