Foods with Vitamin C Gaining Ground

Despite the complications that affected international trade due to the covid-19 outbreak, in Costa Rica in 2020, imports of grapes and oranges increased, a rise that is explained by the preference of consumers for fruits containing vitamin C.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Foreign Trade Report of the Agricultural Sector 2019-2020, prepared by the Executive Secretariat of Agricultural Sector Planning (SEPSA), details that last year imports of fresh oranges in the country amounted to $14.8 million, 38% more than what was reported in 2019.

For the years in question, foreign purchases of fresh grapes went from $14.1 million to $14.2 million, which is equivalent to a 1% variation. In the case of apple imports, they decreased by 4%, from $20.3 million to $19.5 million.

This upward trend in imports of fruits and foods containing vitamin C is explained by consumer preference for these nutrients, a situation reported in the context of the pandemic caused by the outbreak of covid-19.

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Randall Benavides, president of the Chamber of Exporters and Importers of Perishable Products, told that "... the pandemic increased the concern of consumers, not only in Costa Rica, to access products with vitamin C, especially fruits, which is reflected in the demand, which was sustained with apples and increased with grapes and oranges, despite the logistical problems for the supply last year and at the beginning of this 2021."

The article adds that "... in the first months of this year there have been problems, particularly to bring oranges from Spain, for two reasons: the low supply of containers and because European countries are buying all the production of the Spanish."

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