Beverages: Business in Central America

Embotelladora La Mariposa in Guatemala, Distribuidora La Florida in Costa Rica and Femsa in Panama are three of the companies in Central America that report the highest figures for purchases of all types of beverages.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

An analysis of CentralAmericaData's Trade Intelligence unit provides details on the companies according to sector, main activity, volume and value of their imports, exports and other relevant data.

Main competitors in Guatemala
According to the analysis, Embotelladora La Mariposa S.A., Distribuidora Marte S.A., Embotelladora Central S.A., Pricesmart S.A., Operadora de Tiendas S.A., Alimentos y Bebidas Atlántida S.A. and Corchos S.A., together represent close to 35% of the local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages market, measured in terms of imports.

Market figures in Costa Rica
The study indicates that in the Costa Rican market Distribuidora La Florida, Femsa S.A., Prismar S.A., Corporación de Supermercados Unidos S.A. and Automercado S.A., account for about 22% of purchases in the country.

Participants in Panama
Pricesmart S.A., Femsa de Panamá S.A., Varela Hermanos S.A., Cervecería de Panamá and Del Monte Panamá S.A., account for nearly 15% of the market share of all types of beverages.

CentalAmericaData reports show that Central American imports of alcoholic beverages total about $340 million per year, and foreign purchases of non-alcoholic beverages total approximately $450 million.

Note: The import of all types of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, was considered for this analysis.

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