With advice and planning from CentralAmericaData.com’s Business Network, a trade mission composed of the chief executives from the company with plants in Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles, visited the principal pineapple producing establishments in Panama, with the aim of increasing its number of suppliers, which are now exclusively from Costa Rica.
The company receives about 900 containers of pineapple a year which it processes in different cuts and sells fresh in the market, and to do this they need a product which is uniform in color and internally flawless.
According to an article in Prensa.com, "The project manager of the Tropical Fruit Company in the village of Cochea, Roger Flores, said that these are parameters that can be met and therefore they can expand the business. He added that the Canadian executives have formed a very good impression of the product after performing some cutting tests and examining the sugar percentage. There is an opportunity to export the Chiriqui pineapple to this market . Currently it is exported to Europe. "
"The regional director of Mida, Berísimo Martinez said this is another window of opportunity for pineapple producers to sell their product, especially the types of fruit that do not meet other export market requirements but are of excellent quality for fresh consumption. "
In 2015 Costa Rica continued to lead the export of fresh and dried pineapples with $822 million, followed by Honduras, with $26 million and Panama, with $22 million.
Figureson the Pineapple market in CentralAmerica, compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData.com, show that in 2015 the countries of Central America exported a combined total of 2 million 13 thousand tons of fresh or dried pineapple, equivalent in value to $871 million.