Modifications have been made to the regulations for use and administration of the designation of origin "Guatemalan Rum" in order to meet the requirements of the European Union.
The National Association of Manufacturers of Alcohol and Liquor (Anfal) published the new standard in the Diario de Centro America, after changes were made to the text to adapt it and sell it to the European Union.
The law which required packages of meat beef and pork products to have a label indicating the country of origin is no longer in effect.
After repeated resolutions from the World Trade Organization, which authorized Canada and Mexico to implement economic retaliation measures worth more than $1 billion, the US Congress has finally decided to remove the law that requires labeling of all red meat products which are sold in the retail market in the country.
It has been announced that from January 2016 eggsmarketed in the country must have a label with information indicating the area of the country and farm which it comes from.
The Association of Small and Medium Poultry Producers of Nicaragua (Apemepan) explained that "... the measure is based on Resolution No. 14-10 issued by the IPSA 2015 and published in the Official Newspaper, La Gaceta."
As part of a strategy to position internationally cocoa produced in Guatemala the regional union of producers are working on a seal of origin and traceability.
The initiative by the Mesoamerican Organization of Cocoa and Fine Chocolate (Amacacao) is to create a mechanism to certify the origin, quality and traceability of the final product, in order to increase international positioning and increase exports.
Exporters anticipate that with the stamp bearing the geographical indication, bananas entering the European Union will be more competitive.
From a statement issued by the National Banana Corporation:
Recently the European Union-Central America Association Council formalized the use of a Geographical Indication (GI) called Banana from Costa Rica, a quality seal that identifies the origin and prestige of the fruit.
An initiative by exporters of dairy products is seeking to meet the requirements for a designation of origin or "country brand" for cheese produced and exported from Nicaragua.
The goal of the Nicaraguan Development Institute (INDE) and the dairy sector is to promote the export of cheese by getting an declaration of origin, as possessed by cheeses exported from El Salvador, produced, in most cases, with Nicaraguan raw material.
A new business model focused on providing high-quality coffee and from designated sources has started operations in Costa Rica, aimed at discerning consumers.
Five coffee shops have started up using this business model which allows consumers to choose the origin of their coffee and choose among five methods of extraction of the beverage. These new coffee shops "... guarantee the customer a drink from a designated source, which is gourmet quality and assured to have the features they are looking for."
Honduran textile companies are not prepared for the total elimination of industrial exclusions demanded by Peru in the negotiation of the trade agreement.
The textile sector represents 20% of the items to be negotiated in order to close the FTA deal with Peru. This negotiation focuses on issues relating to rules of origin of threads and a request by Peru to eliminate industrial exclusions.
If it wants to compete in the big leagues of single-origin coffee, the Nicaraguan coffee sector must focus on getting designations of origin.
In Nicaragua there are five areas that are considered to be those with the highest levels of quality and these have great potential for certification of designation of origin and geographical indications. Competition for position in the demanding international market becomes fiercer if you do not have this certification.
Coffee from a single-origin is beginning to position itself as a premium choice over coffee blends from multiple sources which are offered by coffee shops worldwide.
From a statement issued by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica (Procomer):
Dunkin Donuts is intensifying its participation in the search of a quality coffee. Recently it offered a new packaged roasted Colombian coffee certified by the Rainforest Alliance, which is the first single-origin coffee to be sold by this coffee chain.
At the first meeting of the Council of the European Partnership Agreement - Central America raised the eventual accession of Croatia and topics related to denomination of origin.
From a press release issued by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce in El Salvador:
On June 27, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, held the first meeting of the Association Council, the highest institutional body of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union, to oversee the fulfilment of the objectives of the Agreement and its application. This meeting was held between Ministers and senior officials, under the trade part of the Agreement.