Costa Rica: Beer Imports Up 67%

In the last four years beer imports went from $8.8 million in 2012 to $14 million in 2016, which is an increase of 67%.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Figures from the Foreign Trade Promotion Office indicate that the main market from where most beer is imported is the United States, with almost $7 million recorded in 2016. It is followed by Mexico, with $3.4 million worth imported last year.

See also: "Alcoholic Beverages Market in Central America"

Anabelle Achí, head of imports at Auto Mercado, explained to Nacion.com that "... the new world trends for beers, mainly a boom in artisan beers, has led to greater interest in consumers trying them out. The representative of the company mentioned that, from 2014 to 2015, there was a 33% increase in the volume of beer brought into the country, this being the most significant increase. Indeed, momentum was maintained during the last year."

At the regional level, data from CentralAmericaData's Business Intelligence Unit indicates that in the first nine months of 2016 the Central American countries as a whole imported $203 million worth of alcoholic beverages, with the main purchasing country being Panama with $51 million, followed by Guatemala with $50 million and Costa Rica with $47 million.

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