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. "
Nicaraguan agricultural companies involved in the PMA fair in Atlanta, USA, managed to sign purchase intention contracts for 2012 totaling more than $7 million.
Taking part in the event held in Atlanta, Georgia, between the 14th and the 17th October, were the companies Distribuidora El Carmen, Tecnoagro, Proexport, Agroesnica, Asociación Pueblos en Acción Comunitaria (Peoples Community Action Association), and Cooplari Fruvex.
The people of the United States, especially the beneficiaries of food assistance programs, are increasingly consuming fruits and vegetables in cans.
A release from the Trade Office of Costa Rica reads:
High consumption of canned fruits and vegetables in the U.S.
Canned fruits and vegetables are playing a key role in the basic diet of Americans, as has been revealed by a recent survey conducted by Can Manufacturers Institute.
The global market for frozen fruits and vegetables continues to grow and is estimated to reach 22.6 million tons by 2015.
Analysis conducted by the Trade Office of Costa Rica (PROCOMER) can be extrapolated to the entire region:
Global Industry Analysts Inc., an international company that conducts market research, recently published a report entitled "Frozen Fruits and Vegetables: A Global Strategic Business Report", which indicates that the global market of frozen fruits and vegetables continues to grow and expected to reach 22.6 million tons by 2015.