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Costa Rica continues to supply world with quality products

Costa Rica continues to supply world with quality products

Despite its small size, Costa Rica offers a rich and diverse range of quality exports. The country has overcome significant challenges in the agricultural sector this year and has managed to maintain supplies to the world, while retaining all of the products’ freshness, quality, diversity and safety. Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity, which is reflected in the fresh products it produces and exports, from traditional tropical fruits such as pineapple, banana and mango to exotics like rambutan, pitahaya, carambola and cape gooseberry. Costa Rica also provides markets such as the United States and Europe with healthy and tasty roots and tubers, such as cassava, its most exported root, accounting for 3% of the country’s agricultural exports and shipped to 28 destinations around the world. Jorge Zamora, Procomer’s trade commissioner and director for Spain & southern Europe, said: “Exports of products such as yams, ñampí and taro are growing in different parts of the world, which shows that this category, that started with cassava, still has great potential for further expansion. And a new product has recently been launched: pink sweet potato, with first shipments made in August to France, thanks to a public-private partnership.”

Costa Rica’s produce come from every corner of the country. Their quality is certified by international standards such as Global GAP, 100% Organic, Non GMO, Primus Labs, Fair Trade, USDA Organic, EU Organic Farming, BCR Food Certificated, and others.

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Costa Rica, showcases diversity and freshness of its agricultural products

Costa Rica, showcases diversity and freshness of its agricultural products

The Costa Rican delegation is made up of the following companies: Tropifoods SA, Verita Tropicals Costa Rica, Jalaram Fruit, Exportagri, Fertynic, ByC Exportadores, Barvatex de Heredia SA, Chestnut Hill Farms, Pineapple Hills, VISA Agricultural Products, Total Fruit, Agricultural Products Del Campo, Exports Michelle SMLA and the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER). This year will mark the 20th time that Costa Rica has participated at the Fruit Logistica fair, which PROCOMER’s director of exports, Álvaro Piedra, views as strategic for promoting the country’s agricultural sector. “This fair is an international benchmark for the fresh produce sector; it is where buyers from all over the world converge in search of quality fruits and vegetables and where our exporters can learn about the new market trends. That is why we are pleased that these 13 companies will be participating at such a global showcase,” said Piedra. The products that the exporting companies will be promoting at the fair are: pineapple, banana, roots and tubers (cassava, eddoes, taro malanga, cane), and chayote. Up to November, the agricultural sector accounted for 23% of all Costa Rica’s exports for 2019, with shipments abroad worth US$2.469 billion.