Costa Rica Sells Less Pineapple Juice

After reaching a $200 million record in exports in 2016, in 2018 the value of pineapple juice sold by Costa Rican companies abroad fell to $104 million.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

According to the annual report "Foreign trade in the agricultural sector", published by the Executive Secretariat of Agricultural Sector Planning (Sepsa), in the last two years’ pineapple juice exports have reported a downward trend, from $200 million to $156 million between 2016 and 2017, and from $156 million to $104 million between 2017 and 2018.

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The increase reported in 2016 is the result of a situation that Costa Rica took advantage of. Abel Chaves, president of the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (Canapep), explained to that "... in 2015 and 2016 there were problems with pineapple production in Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines and Indonesia, especially caused by the climate and cyclones."

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Chaves added that "... The situation in Southeast Asia reduced the supply of tropical pineapple juice in Europe and, therefore, began to import more from Costa Rica. The juice sector is a strong and growing sector, but the great push of recent years may be because of that situation."

CentralAmericaData reports detail that in the first six months of 2018 the main exporter of pineapple in Central America continued to be by far Costa Rica, with $547 million, followed by Honduras, with $22 million, Guatemala, with $8 million, Panama with $7 million, and Nicaragua and El Salvador did not report foreign sales.

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