Fresh fruits, processed fruits, concentrates and fruit juices, coffee and cocoa are the main products with potential for export to China.
From a statement issued by Procomer of Costa Rica:
San José, November 18, 2016. Fresh fruits, processed fruits, concentrates and fruit juices, as well as coffee and cocoa are the main Costa Rican products that have potential for export to the Republic of Korea; a developed country with sophisticated and demanding consumers, in terms of innovation and quality.
The largest producer of washed Arabica coffee increased its harvest in the last twelve months by 3%, reaching 14 million bags each weighing 60 kilos.
From a statement by the National Federation of Coffee Growers in Colombia:
The General Manager of the FNC celebrated production levels and coffee prices and invited coffee growers to take advantage of them to plan for the future.He also recalled that current price levels are offsetting losses in the first half of the year. In the last twelve months Colombia coffee exports amounted to 12.39 million bags.
At the end of August the volume exported in the 2015/16 harvest went up by 7% compared to the same period in the previous cycle, however there was a drop of 5% in value.
Statistics from the Center for Export Procedures (CETREX) report that since the beginning of the harvest in October 2015 to August 31 this year 2.4 million hundredweight of coffee has been sent abroad, a volume which is 2.2 million hundredweight more than the amount sold in the same period of the 2014-2015 cycle.
Coffee year 2015/16 ended with a global production of 148 million bags and a total consumption of 151 million bags.
From a report by the International Coffee Organization (ICO):
The coffee market settled up by 5.5% in September, mostly driven by a steady increase in Robusta prices supported by concerns over future supply. This brings coffee year 2015/16 to an end, and we have revised our production estimate up to 148 million bags. With world consumption revised slightly lower to 151.3 million bags, this gives a global deficit of 3.3 million bags. This revision is part of an in-depth review of the statistical data published by the ICO, following the discussions during the 117th Session of the Council held in London in September 2016. This process is beginning immediately and results will be published as they become available.
The proposal to offset part of the drop in arabic production with crops of the robusta variety has not been endorsed by the National Coffee Congress.
Despite the phytosanitary and economic justifications, coffee growers in the National Congressmeeting decided not to repeal the ban on growing robusta in the country which has been in force since 1988.See "Cultivation of robusta coffee in Costa Rica".
In five years only 16% of the target of 16,033 hectares has been replaced with new coffee plants.
The subsidy on interest rates and the need to raise productivity were not enough incentives for coffee growers in the country. The National Program for Coffee Plantation Renewal (PNRC) has only managed to achieve 16% compliance in the area in five years.
Because of incidences of rust, coffee production in the 2015-2016 harvest was only 3.9 million hundredweight, equivalent to $700 million in foreign exchange.
The presence of rust in more than half of coffee plantations, lack of funding to renovate plantations and low international grain prices resulted in a reduction in production and in export values, for the second consecutive cycle.
CISA Exportadora is a green coffee exporting company based in Nicaragua owned by the Baltodano family who enjoys over 100 years of coffee tradition.
Operates in Nicaragua
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CECA mills and exports high quality green coffee from every region of Costa Rica, supplying specialty coffee industries of the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.
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Phone: (506) 2202 4444 - (506) 2202 4400
Generates business opportunities by linking supply and demand of goods and services between Central America and the rest of the world.
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Phone: (506) 225 4786