Costa Rica: Growth of the Wholesale Supermarket Business

An average of 20% annual increase in sales has been reported by companies specializing in the distribution of food and beverages in bulk.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The market of wholesale supermarkets in Costa Rica continues to grow, mainly driven by the opening in recent years of convenience stores, bakeries, 'sodas' (small low end restaurants), restaurants and hotels. Some establishments have reported an average annual growth of 20% in sales.

An example of this is the case of Mayca, who according to a report by, "in the past two years has doubled its number of outlets and now projects it will close 2014 with 10 stores and a 14% growth in sales."

Meanwhile, Universal de Alimentos, "in February went from operating a distribution center measuring 2000 m² to one measuring 6,500 m², and in 2013 sales grew by nearly 20%."

As for the membership supermarket chain Price Smart, "nearly 20% of its sales comes from institutional clients, which were not part of its approach when it came to the country 15 years ago."

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