What Organic Foods Does Europe Demand?

Pineapples, bananas and sugar cane represent 98% of total exports of organic products from Costa Rica to ten European Union countries.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Latvia, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are the nine European markets where Costa Rica exports its organic agricultural production, mainly made up of sugar, bananas, coffee and pineapples, cocoa, papaya, guava and carambola.

A report by the National Organic Agriculture Program by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) details that last year the main organic product exported to the European Union was pineapples, with 8.2 million kilos, followed by bananas, with 3.8 million kilos and sugar, with 1.6 million kilos. 

Nacion.com reports that "...The engineer María Fernanda Reyes, ex-director of the program, explained that the high concentration is due in particular to high demand for these three specific products. He said that exporters of pineapple, banana and sugar cane (usually shipped as raw sugar) already have a captive market in the EU, which not only acquires what is currently being sent, but is requesting more volume. Precisely, the small volume of the other products, certified as organic, is becoming the main barrier to raising shipments of these abroad, Reyes said."

See report by the SFE. (In Spanish)

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