Growing Demand in Europe for Costa Rican Liquor

In the last four years exports of distilled spirits and ethyl alcohol to Europe have tripled.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Improvements in both the quality and productivity have allowed Costa Rican companies to increase their presence not only in America but also in Europe. reports: "Interestingly, on the website of Economics Trading Indicators - used as a reference by the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (Recope) - it states that the international prices of ethanol (ethyl alcohol) decreased 16.6 % in the last 12 months " . This means that despite the drop in prices, Costa Rican exports increased.

The mills Ingenio Taboga and Central Azucarera del Tempisque (Catsa) are the major manufacturers in the country which supply the National Liquor Factory (Fanal) and export the rest.

Data from the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer) reveals that during the first nine months of 2013, exports of ethyl alcohol generated revenues of $71 million.

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