With the aim of increasing the public access in the process of approvals for the importation of fresh produce to the U.S., the USDA has created a new website to provide greater transparency in the various stages of this procedure, according to a newsletter issued by this entity.
The website provides information about the approval process for the importation of fruits and vegetables to this market and enables greater user feedback. The newsletter notes that " participants are interested in learning more about the approval procedure and to participate in the early stages of its development. "
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In U.S. restaurants tropical fruits at are fast becoming favorites.
A statement from the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) reads:
Restaurant chains in the U.S. demand more tropical fruits
The tropical fruit category is fast becoming a favorite in the food service chain in the U.S., "we are seeing tropical products, including mangos, becoming increasingly popular in the food operations sector", explained Charlie Eagle, vice president of the business development company Southern Specialties Inc.
Exports to the U.S., top buyer, have shown signs of improvement, with increases from 13% to 30%.
The most sought for exotic fruits in the U.S. market are nance, cauliflower, mango, myrtle, cashew, mamey and sapote.
"A chain of local growers sell their production to seven exporting companies. Among them are Río Grande and Tropix", reported Elsalvador.com.
High international prices of orange concentrate is benefiting local exporters.
Since 2007 prices have been showing an upward trend, partly due to the reduced supply of oranges in the United States, one of the leading producers and exporters worldwide.
In Costa Rica, the size of the area under cultivation has also increased in recent years, which has enabled them to take maximum advantage of the favorable prices.
In the last five years, exports of products made from fruit have generated up to $62 million a year.
The country has become the main supplier of these products to Honduras and Guatemala.
According to information from the State Agency for the Promotion of Exports and Investments in El Salvador (Proesa), in the first ten months of the year, exports amounted to $59 million, 13% higher than in the same period of 2011.