Costa Ricans Buy Dairy Plant in Nicaragua

The transaction, which was carried out in 2015, was not announced at the time in Costa Rica, where high production costs have prompted several companies to move their operations to Nicaragua.

Friday, June 24, 2016

In 2015 the Costa Rican dairy producer Dos Pinos bought the industrial plant La Completa for an undisclosed amount. Dos Pinos is a cooperative network made up of more than 2,000 associated producers and workers.

Confirmation of the transaction by Dos Pinos comes at a time when there is a lot of tension in the dairy trade between the two countriesSince May, Costa Rica has prevented the entry of products from two plants owned by Lala and in turn the health authorities in Nicaragua have blocked the entry of products from Dos Pinos and two other companies, citing health reasons.

Nacion.com reported that "...The purchase of the plant, located in Chontales, was completed in August last year, but it was not published in Costa Rica. The amount of the investment was not disclosed, as Francisco Arias, manager of Corporate Relations and Livestock of Dos Pinos said "we will keep this information in reserve".



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Milk Exports to Nicaragua Resumed

July 2016

The Costa Rican company Dos Pinos has confirmed that it has received verbal authorization to export its products to the neighboring country, with a written endorsement being imminent.

The milk cooperative Dos Pinos may have solved the nonconformity issues that led to the Nicaraguan Institute for Health and Agricultural Protection preventing entry of dairy products from this company to the local market.

No date for Resumption of Nicaragua Costa Rica Dairy Trade

July 2016

The health authorities have announced that they have reached an agreement, but no dates or deadlines have been set to resume sales of the product between the two countries.

The agreement announced by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica and the Institute for Protection and Agricultural in Nicaragua only mentions assessments to be made in plants belonging to the companies Dos Pinos and Grupo Lala, but does not mention dates on which they will be carried out or deadlines for the resumption of bilateral trade in milk.

Grupo Lala Buys Dairy Plant in Costa Rica

July 2016

The Mexican company has acquired a dairy production plant in Alajuela and through an agreement with Florida Bebidas will produce and market its products in the country.

The announcement comes days after Nicaraguan authorities blocked entry of Costa Rican dairy products, after Costa Rica denied a permit to the firm Lala to export products from Nicaragua.

Sanitation Controls and the Nicaragua-Costa Rica Dairy Conflict

June 2016

Health authorities in Costa Rica have confirmed that since May they have prevented the entry of products from two dairy plants belonging to the Mexican company Lala in Nicaragua.

After information was circulated about the alleged closure of the Nicaraguan market to dairy products from three companies in Costa Rica, the health authorities of this country have acknowledged that since May 2016 they have restricted the entry of Lala's dairy products , having detected ".. . several examples of "non - compliance" in the  production system of the two plants inspected. "

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