In 2012/2013 1,751 hectares were planted but in 2014/2015 the figure was only 1,504, due to the incidence of drought, high production costs and falling international prices.
An article on Prensa.com reports that "... Diomedes Carrasco, producer in the area of La Chorrera, says a lot of farmers have stopped harvesting and exporting due to high production costs and low international prices"... The businessman states that "...The cost of producing one hectare of pineapple went from $28,056 in 2012 to $32,337 dollars in 2015 ".
Malaysian producers plan to start exporting fresh pineapple to China later this year as part of an agreement signed between the two countries in 2013.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer):
Malaysia plans to start exporting fresh pineapples to China later this year. The first shipment of fruit was scheduled for last year but could not be performed because the Chinese authorities did not give their approval, according to a recent statement by the Malaysian Minister for Agribusiness Ismail Sabri Yaakob .
The Guatemalan Exporters Association is organizing a course entitled "Trends in the Fruit Sector for 2014."
In order to raise awareness about new trends in 2014 regarding packaging, technology, markets and marketing in the fruit sector, the Department of Business Information and Market Intelligence, INFOEXPORT at AGEXPORT, will be running the course "Trends in the Sector Fruit for 2014" on the 11th of March 2014.
Fruit-flavored yogurts dominate 75% of market share in U.S. and 70% in Latin America.
From an article by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
According to a report by Innova Market Insights, a market research company, fruit flavors dominate the yogurt market, having captured two-thirds of the global market in the twelve months ending March 2013, a share which is greater in the U.S. market (75%) and Latin American (almost 70%), these cover a wide range of fruits, from traditional ones such as strawberry and pear to more unusual flavors like papaya, plum and coconut.
Statistics on the consumption of soft drinks, especially fruit juices, reveal significant growth in 2011 and 2012.
From an article by the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
Statistics on the consumption of soft drinks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), especially of fruit juices, reveal significant growth in 2011 and 2012. These trends are becoming stronger and reflect a multicultural society, aware of the importance of consuming healthy drinks, which has fueled the growth of this market segment.
Producers in the province of Cocle have made direct contracts with supermarket chains to place their mini watermelons in the United States.
"Victor Gonzalez and Victor Dominguez, producers in the Cocle area, managed to make contact with these supermarkets, through a pilot scheme run by the company Timco Worldwide, a subsidiary of CH Robinson, who supplies well known shops in the U.S. market, which comprises of cultivating 65 acres of mini watermelons", noted an article in Panamaamerica.com.pa.
Chilean producers have successfully initiated the cultivation and marketing of watermelons and melons that are characterized by being of higher quality and having fewer seeds.
A press release from the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer) reads:
Two new varieties of melon and watermelon, which are characterized by their high quality, firmness, more intense flavor and fewer seeds, have successfully been introduced into the country as part of a project conducted by the Faculty of Agronomy of the Universidad Católica funded by the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA by its initials in Spanish), at the Ministry of Agriculture in Chile.
According to Laprensa.com.ni , the six "major U.S. companies will arrive in Managua on 28 November to explore shopping opportunities in agribusiness in Nicaragua, and to get to know the facilities offered by the country for doing business."
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