Rise of Dairy Market in Costa Rica

While the average milk consumption per person in Central America is less than 100 kilos per year, Costa Ricans consume twice that amount in the time span.

Monday, May 5, 2014

According to the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) from 2009 to 2013, imports of dairy products grew by 80%. The top dairy products entering the market are cheeses, due to product diversification, the positive attitude of local consumers to new flavors and the high resistance of the product during transportation and distribution.

"... These figures showing high consumption by ticos means that in the domestic market there is always opportunity to market a new product. From 2008 to 2013, sales of dairy products in the country grew by 53%, according to data from Euromonitor. ... The increase is due to increased domestic production and an increase in the supply of imported products. "

"... The sale of liquid milk in the country is concentrated almost solely on Dos Pinos and Florida Bebidas (brand Mú!), With no participation of imported products. ... In the category of yogurts there are some foreign and domestic alternatives that complement the supply from Dos Pinos, which are mainly produced by the Mexican company Sigma Alimentos, acquired by Monteverde in April 2013 .... Cheese is the area of ​​greatest market diversification and where there is more opportunity to compete, these products break down slower than other milk products do, so they fare better during the transportation and distribution process."

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