Boom in Frozen Fruits

In four years Costa Rica has doubled its exports of frozen fruit, going from sales of $36 million in 2011 to $71 million in 2015.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

An article on Elfinancierocr.com reports that the reason for this growth , "... could be a reduction in the supply of these products by Asian businesses, according to the CEO of the company Frutera La Paz, Luisa Chacon."

Entrepreneurs in the industry pointed out that the fruit market is very competitive and oversupplied and they are now trying to innovate with "... unsweetened tinned fruits and lyophilized fruit (cold drying technique)."

One of the companies involved in this production is Green Valley, which in the last two years, increased "... by between 12% and 15%, its frozen pineapple exports to markets such as the US and Europe. This firm is one of the 24 exporters of frozen fruits that have over the last three years, benefited from increased international demand for these products, ranging from pineapple or mango to strawberries and raspberries. "



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