Salvadoran Coffee Focuses on South America

In order to sell the grain at better prices, Salvadoran coffee growers are interested in exporting to countries such as Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Monday, April 22, 2019

According to directors of the Salvadoran Coffee Council, South American countries are potential markets for the grain produced in El Salvador, since the consumption of specialty coffees is increasing.

Hugo Hernandez, executive director of the Salvadoran Coffee Council, explained to Laprensagrafica.com that "... All coffee producer countries are affected by the price of the stock exchange, so as the Council we look for other options that allow producers (access to) better markets. We are not only interested in Argentina itself, but also in South America, we see how opportunities exist in countries that are not producers, such as Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, among others'."

See "Coffee: Export falls 9% up to 1st Semester 2018"

Hernandez added that "... in these countries the consumption of good quality coffee is growing. El Salvador exported just 30 quintals of coffee to Argentina in the 2017/2018 harvest, worth $10,920, while Paraguay exported 105 quintals at a price of $25,110. The average price of a quintal of coffee in Argentina is around $360 and $380 per quintal."

CentralAmericaData reports detail that because of international grain prices, in recent years the average price of Central American coffee exports has registered a clear downward trend, going from $4.23 per kilo in June 2012 to $3.11 in the same month in 2018.
 

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