The Costa Rican company Dos Pinos has confirmed that it has received verbal authorization to export its products to the neighboring country, with a written endorsement being imminent.
The milk cooperative Dos Pinos may have solved the nonconformity issues that led to the Nicaraguan Institute for Health and Agricultural Protection preventing entry of dairy products from this company to the local market.
The health authorities have announced that they have reached an agreement, but no dates or deadlines have been set to resume sales of the product between the two countries.
Theagreement announcedby the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica and theInstitute for Protection and Agricultural in Nicaragua only mentions assessments to be made in plants belonging to the companies Dos Pinos and Grupo Lala, but does not mention dates on which they will be carried out or deadlines for the resumption of bilateral trade in milk.
The transaction, which was carried out in 2015, was not announced at the time in Costa Rica, where high production costs have prompted several companies to move their operations to Nicaragua.
In 2015 the Costa Rican dairy producer Dos Pinos bought the industrial plant La Completa for an undisclosed amount.Dos Pinos is a cooperative network made up of more than 2,000 associated producers and workers.
Health authorities in Costa Rica have confirmed that since May they have prevented the entry of products from two dairy plants belonging to the Mexican company Lala in Nicaragua.
After information was circulated about the alleged closure of the Nicaraguan market to dairy products from three companies in Costa Rica, the health authorities of this country have acknowledged that since May 2016 they have restricted the entry of Lala's dairy products , having detected".. . several examples of "non - compliance" in the production system of the two plants inspected. "
The main dairy producers and exporters in the region are preparing for the beggining of operations in Nicaragua by the Mexican dairy plant Lala.
It is expected that by early 2015 the plant owned by the company Lala will start operating in Nicaragua, meaning that "... Competition for the Central American market over milk and its derivatives will be more intense. "
Five food exporters are taking advantage of export quotas given by the World Trade Organization to sell their products in Russia.
La Cooperativa de Leche Dos Pinos and Ganaderos Industriales de Costa Rica are two companies who already have sanitation permits to start exporting to Russia and three others are completing the paperwork with the National Animal Health Service (SENASA).
In twelve years exports to the island have quadrupled, with dairy products, medicines and textiles being the most sold.
From $7.8 million in 2002 to $31.4 million in 2013, Costa Rican products exported to Cuba have grown, answering a growing need by Cubans to purchase basic consumer goods made under local production, such as milk and its derivatives.
Loss of competitiveness in the region has been a constant factor in recent years due to problems in infrastructure, transportation and energy costs.
Although the sector's exports to Central America have maintained a relatively stable rate of growth, entrepreneurs say their products have lost competitiveness against the food industries in neighboring countries, due to the high costs of energy, transportation and infrastructure.
In the past five years, retail sales of ice cream have increased by 71%
The franchise model and market segmentation has been the scheme which artisanal ice cream shops have used to maintain their share in a market where 85% belongs to only one competitor, the cooperative Dos Pinos.
Technical regulations on the "General Principles of Good Food Manufacturing Practices" have been updated.
In December 2013, the Institute of Technical Standards of Costa Rica (Inteco) updated and approved a tool which establishes the controls and requirements for all processes in the food manufacturing chain.
From a press release issued by the Institute of Technical Standards of Costa Rica (Inteco):
The Costa Rican dairy cooperative Dos Pinos has opened in San Carlos a drying plant to make milk powder with capacity to process up to 40,000 liters per hour.
Elfinancierocr.com reports that "the new building, with an area of 4,800 square meters of construction, forms an integral part of the distribution center built on the same property with a value of $5.2 million."
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