The Sausage Market in Costa Rica

At least ten companies are competing in a market where the amount of tons sold between 2008 and 2013 grew by 24%.

Monday, March 10, 2014

In Costa Rica, the market for sausages is fought over by at least 10 companies, where Corporación Pipasa, a subsidiary of Cargill International, is the largest participant. Whereas in 2008 20.2 tonnes of sausages sold in, 2013, 25 tons were sold in the country. reports that "these sales translate into $197 million sold in 2013, 72% more than in 2008. Low cost and variety are the reasons why the consumption of cured meats such as salami and bologna have increased."

"Even if a part is imported, mainly from the U.S., local consumption is mainly produced here and a small part is exported to Central America. In 2013, imports totaled $6.2 million, while exports were $15.7 million," according to the Foreign Trade office.

Jorge Calderon, regional manager of corporate affairs at Pipasa Corporation, told that "the Costa Rican market is a connoisseur of sausages and consumes many categories of these products and therefore it is demanding."

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