Organic products are obtained from sustainable production systems, rational use of natural resources and non-use of synthetic chemical products among other things.
"Supermarket chains, restaurants, specialty shops and farmers have been amazed by this trend of eating healthy foods and those grown using environmentally friendly practices", reported Prensa.com.
More and more of these products are being offered and is increasingly common sight in supermarkets to see specific areas dedicated to the sale of these kinds of things. .
There are more than 12 restaurants including organic products on their menu’s currently operating in Panama City.
"The consumption of organic food is no longer almost exclusively by foreigners, now young professionals from 23 and older prefer to watch what they eat so as to safeguard their health, says Jesus Armenteros, owner of Biogranjas, which makes chicken, pork, eggs and organic vegetables. "
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The massive arrival of foreigners has driven changes in consumer habits, among which is the growth in demand for products without chemical additives or synthetic substances.
This increase in demand for organic products is reflected by the increase in space for these products on supermarket shelves and the opening of shops.
During 2012, organic food sales totaled more than $1.374 billion, 14% more than in 2011.
From an article by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica (PROCOMER):
Dutch consumer spending on organic food in 2012 reached more than 1 billion euros, up 14% compared to the previous year, of which 90% was purchased from the supermarket chains Heinjn Albert and Jumbo while the rest was sold in specialty stores and markets.
Food distribution companies have recorded an increase in sales of products which are low-calorie, natural and gluten free.
Rita Gutierrez, manager of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Grupo Rey told Martesfinanciero.com that "... For two years we have noticed a significant increase in demand for healthy products on the shelves of supermarkets, as consumers have changed their lifestyle and are looking for a new ways of eating.
Weather events and seasonal changes in consumer habits have caused a scarcity of products such as cucumbers and strawberries.
From an article by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
Organic vegetables and free range eggs are gaining popularity to the extent that are scarce in major supermarket chains.