Dairy Industry in Costa Rica

Domestic milk consumption is growing at 3.9% annually, while exports in 2010 reached $74 million, compared to $49 million sold abroad in 2008.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The country ranks third in Latin America in per capita consumption with 199 liters per year, according to the Chamber of National Milk Producers (NCPC in Spanish).

Luis Villegas, manager of the National Milk Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), said "We are operating in a globalized scenario in which the country must participate in the foreign market. We can not expect to continue to grow only within the Costa Rican market since consumption is very high and increasing production will not generate greater demand", reported Elfinancierocr.com

The main destinations for Costa Rican dairy product exports are Central American countries and the Caribbean. The most exported products are milk powder, liquid milk and fermented milk.

In 2010 the dairy sector’s total exports was approximately $74 million, $ 25 million more than it exported in 2008.

Jorge González President of the NCPC, said to that costs must be reduced and production efficiency improved in order to be successful at exporting.

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