Food and Cleaning: Crisis and Opportunities

In the context of the current health emergency, Costa Rican companies working in the production of food and cleaning supplies have had to considerably increase their operations to cover the growing demand.

Monday, April 6, 2020

The covid-19 outbreak caused consumers to increase spending on basic necessities such as food and cleaning supplies in recent weeks, forcing companies in these sectors to work overtime, invest in equipment and hire more workers on a temporary basis.

The food products most in demand in recent weeks in the Costa Rican market are dairy products, pasta, tuna, oils, coffee, rice, beans and meat, according to representatives of the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry (CACIA).

Francisco Arias, relationship manager of Cooperativa Dos Pinos, told that "... The current situation has led to an increase in consumption by some consumers, especially in basic products'."

Sales of cleaning products have also rebounded, as the use of these products is essential to prevent the spread of covid-19.

Gabriela Villalobos, manager of Indugel de Centroamérica, a company dedicated to the manufacture of containers used for the production of alcohol gel, explained that "... there are two components that have influenced the increase in demand: one, that many companies are making sanitizing products and two, as there was a reduction in products from the East, companies were left without supplies and have come to seek our option."

Costa Rican companies and covid-19: How to face the new commercial reality?

We prepared for our clients the report "Information System: Covid-19 and Business Outlook" which helps companies to measure the impact that the crisis will have on their activity in the coming months and which are the opportunities that will arise in the context of the new commercial reality.

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From May 1st, almost all of Coopecoronado’s 300 employees joined Dos Pinos, explained Luis Esteban Brenes, commercial director of the latter company.

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Plans by Costa Rica's Dos Pinos Cooperative to build a US$6 million dairy products plant in Nicaragua could lead to higher milk prices there, Nicaraguan companies claim.

Besides Nicaragua, Dos Pinos is planning projects in Guatemala and Panama because Costa Rica's milk production is not growing fast enough to meet demand.

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