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. "
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In early February, a high profile trade mission from a major North American fresh fruit company will visit Panama to establish commercial contacts with pineapple growers from Capira and Chiriqui.
Sun Rich Fresh Foods, of Canadian origin, focuses on high quality fresh fruit products in different presentations.
Trade missions continue to arrive, this time from Europe, attracted by the quality of pineapples in Chiriqui and Chorrera in Panama.
The German company Cobana Frunch Tring is interested in importing pineapples from Panama, and has therefore sent executives to tour two companies who are growing and marketing the fruit in Chiriqui.
The trend in consumption for fresh produce and products ready for the table is coupled with a boom in private brands.
A statement from the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) reads:
Sales of ready to eat fresh products together with private brand labels are the fastest growing in U.S.
Due to continued growth, the country remains the largest exporter of fresh pineapples.
According to the National Chamber of Producers and Exporters of Pineapples (Canapep), revenues from foreign sales totaled $743 million. Juice concentrates were valued at $82 million.
The country has been the world's largest exporter of pineapples since 2007.