Lala in Nicaragua: Industrialists Complain, Farmers Celebrate

In what milk processing companies see as a threat, dairy producers are hailing as an opportunity to grow and to enjoy stable prices.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

According to an article in, "the immediate concern of the companies, Centrolac, Parmalat and Eskimo is a lack of clarity over the benefits being offered by the Government to Grupo Corporativo Lala to encourage them to finally decide to invest in Nicaragua, after years of perseverance."

Speculations are that the company could enter into the free zone regime, in order to receive tax benefits, enabling it to enjoy benefits ranging from construction to commissioning of the two plants which they plan to set up. "If they are not the same (benefits) which Nicaraguan industries receive, we would view this as unpatriotic. We want a clear explanation and we will demand that we are given the same benefits because we are not happy about foreigners having what we do not have," said Alfredo Lacayo, an executive in Centrolac.

Meanwhile, Javier Chamorro, executive director of ProNicaragua, has denied that Grupo Lala have been offered the chance to operate under this regime, as it is designed exclusively for export processes, and this company, having plans to sell part of its production to the local market, does not fit into this category.

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