May 28, 2015 / Week N° 22

Posts Tagged Costa Rica

Costa Rican import group warns of avocado scarcity

May 19th, 2015

Following recent trade restrictions, one Costa Rican avocado grower believes California could be a potential new market supplier.

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Dole to substantially boost Costa Rica workforce

May 18th, 2015

Following more than US$100 million dollars of investment in Costa Rica last year, Dole now plans to create some 150 new jobs.

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Costa Rica blocks avocado imports from numerous origins

May 12th, 2015

South Africa, Australia and Spain are just three countries unable to ship avocados to Costa Rica due to sunblotch concerns.

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Costa Rica: CANAPEP says eco-group “overstated” water pollution problems

March 26th, 2015

A Costa Rican NGO has petitioned the IAHCR to help halt pineapple expansion in the Caribbean country.

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Costa Rica recognizes first carbon neutral banana farm

March 16th, 2015

A Costa Rican banana farm hopes its eco-friendly practices will serve as an example to the industry.

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Inside one of Europe’s largest banana ripening facilities

February 9th, 2015

The head of a major U.K. banana ripening facility likens the business to a ‘hamster wheel’, and says reputations can be ‘built over years and lost in days’.

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Costa Rica grants environmental approval for APM Terminals project

December 19th, 2014

A US$1 billion port project in Costa Rica has been given the green light by environmental authorities.

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Watermelon sourced from the Canary Islands boosts supply for Hillfresh

December 12th, 2014

The first batches of Canary Islands watermelons have arrived in the Netherlands in a new Ramafrut-Hillfresh deal.

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Costa Rica prepares pineapple export program for China

December 9th, 2014

A Costa Rican pineapple industry representative says it’s important to learn from other sectors already shipping to China.

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Costa Rican banana industry cries foul over port strike

October 24th, 2014

Corbana says a “small group cannot kidnap the development of a nation for special interests”.

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Costa Rican govt to compensate banana spraying victims

October 10th, 2014

Almost 12,000 former banana workers and relatives affected by the chemical DBCP are in line to receive compensation from the Costa Rican government.

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Costa Rican pineapple growers get thumbs up for pesticide control

September 23rd, 2014

Authorities have found a good level of pesticide control on Costa Rica’s pineapple farms, but a recent study in a banana-growing area has not been so positive.

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Vegalab grows Central American presence amid ‘tremendous reception’

September 22nd, 2014

Vegalab’s Costa Rican distributor will take on seven more natural sustainable products as demand continues to grow.

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China to open its doors for Costa Rican pineapples ‘within four months’

September 9th, 2014

Pineapple exports from Costa Rica could be allowed into China later this year, but transit challenges remain.

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Excess banana supply a “wild card” for H2, says Chiquita exec

August 12th, 2014

Chiquita’s CEO discussed supply dynamics last week, as well as what Russia’s sanctions meant for banana markets.

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Costa Rican pineapple trade sails ahead of bananas

July 31st, 2014

Costa Rica’s pineapple exports could hit US$900 million this year, as they grow 12.7% year-on-year.

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Continued export fall for Costa Rican mangoes in 2014

June 24th, 2014

Costa Rica’s mango exports have dropped off for the third consecutive year in 2014.

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Costa Rican banana industry unites to block Panama disease

May 30th, 2014

Chiefs from CORBANA have met with government officials to discuss industry’s biggest issues.

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U.S.: Ayco takes a punt on pineapples

May 14th, 2014

A leading U.S. melon distributor is harnessing its logistics capacity to expand into Costa Rican pineapples.

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It’s “prudent” to plan for life after Cavendish, says Chiquita CEO

May 13th, 2014

Chiquita executives have discussed the threat of Panama Disease TR4 and adapting to weather conditions in Central America.

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Colombia: Banacol undergoes restructuring amid debt woes

March 17th, 2014

Latin American banana group Banacol will restructure in response to debt concerns.

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Costa Rica to export rambutans to Chile in 2014

March 13th, 2014

Building on Chilean market success in pineapples, Costa Rica aims to experiment with exports of more fruits.

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Bayer bets on new solution for Costa Rica’s nematode woes

February 27th, 2014

Bayer CropScience hopes a new green band nematicide will gain traction to support Costa Rica’s banana industry.

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U.S.: Port Manatee deal could bolster Del Monte import presence

January 29th, 2014

Del Monte and Logistec are on the cusp of sealing a US$24.6 million warehouse deal in Florida through a public-private partnership.

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Costa Rican authorities gear up for new EU organic laws

December 17th, 2013

Costa Rica’s SFE is keeping growers in the loop to help them comply with new European Union organic rules.

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Costa Rica declares state of phyto emergency

December 11th, 2013

An outbreak of banana mealybugs and Boisduval scales has prompted emergency measures from the Costa Rican government.

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Reverse trade mission yields fruit for eastern U.S. apple industry

November 6th, 2013

The U.S. Apple Export Council recently invited Indian and Central American importers to visit orchards and packhouses.

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China, Costa Rica to develop more resilient melons and watermelons

September 30th, 2013

Companies from China and Costa Rica plan to develop new watermelons that are resistant to the bacteria Acidovorax avenae.

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Costa Rica aims to cut fertilizer use

September 10th, 2013

Costa Rica aims to lose its crown as the biggest emitter of nitrous oxide per hectare of agriculture in Central America.

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Central America’s coffee rust crisis

July 17th, 2013

PROMECAFE and IICA have built an integrated plan to take on the serious problem of coffee rust.

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Costa Rica aims to expand tropical fruit portfolio in Chile

July 9th, 2013

Costa Rica’s PROCOMER aims to build on its pineapple success in Chile with a new fruit export.

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Costa Rican banana strike comes to an end

July 2nd, 2013

A 23-day strike against a Del Monte subsidiary in Costa Rica has come to an end as fired workers undergo reconsideration.

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Del Monte banana strikers going hungry in Costa Rica

June 21st, 2013

Bandeco claims only a small amount of banana growers are striking in Costa Rica, while union SITEPP cries foul over alleged reprisals.

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Costa Rican organic growers need ‘more incentives’

May 28th, 2013

Costa Rica’s organic horticultural exports rose in 2012 despite a slight decline in planted surface area.

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Ecuador to reinforce Russian fruit market position

April 30th, 2013

Ecuador’s banana exports to Russia have skyrocketed this year with supermarket promotion plans underway.

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Canada and Costa Rica reach organic agreement

April 9th, 2013

Costa Rican organic fruit growers will now have less hassle in shipping to Canada.

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Costa Rica finds space in U.S. market for bell peppers, tomatoes

March 14th, 2013

Costa Rica has released statistics for its first year of ripe tomato and bell pepper exports to the U.S.

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Fair trade transition picks up speed in the U.S.

November 14th, 2012

Fair Trade USA’s Alexandria Coari discusses the real impact of community development funds on farmers.

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E.U. and Latin America come to historic banana agreement

November 9th, 2012

The E.U. and Latin America were able to end the longest-running dispute in multilateral trading history.

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Costa Rica’s pineapple shipments set to overtake bananas

October 5th, 2012

Costa Rica’s pineapple production growth is predicted to rise by up to 10% this year.

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Slight growth for Costa Rican ag exports

September 21st, 2012

Costa Rican pineapple exports rose in the year to August but banana shipments fell by a higher percentage.

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U.S.: high season port strikes would mean ‘big losses’ for importers

September 11th, 2012

U.S. East Coast fruit importers have revealed their worries over a potential dock worker strike in October.

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Costa Rican govt applauds Dole’s good agricultural practices

September 11th, 2012

Costa Rican officials were impressed with a recent visit to a Dole pineapple farm.

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Settlement terminates 38 DBCP cases against Dole

September 7th, 2012

An attorney representing more than 5,000 plaintiffs claims a “fair agreement” has been reached with Dole.

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Fyffes’ pre-tax profits jump by nearly 30% in H1

September 4th, 2012

Fyffes has posted an increase in pre-tax profits thanks to organic growth and shipping efficiencies.

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Brazil’s melon exports get off to a flying European start

September 3rd, 2012

Brazilian melon exports look well placed to take advantage of the Mediterranean’s early season finish.

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Costa Rica’s melon exports on healthy growth trajectory

August 31st, 2012

Costa Rica’s melon exports are growing, making it the largest supplier to Europe.

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Tropical fruit fanatic to publish comprehensive book

August 31st, 2012

We cover a botanist’s journey to document exotic and wonderful tropical fruits from around the globe.

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Costa Rica eyes up EFTA fruit export potential

August 17th, 2012

Costa Rica believes bananas and pineapples are ripe for export development in Norway and Switzerland.

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Downpour hits Costa Rican fruit crops

August 9th, 2012

The Costa Rican government is still evaluating the impacts on crops from recent heavy rain.

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APM Terminals wins two Costa Rican court cases

August 8th, 2012

A legal attempt to block APM Terminals’ award concession in Costa Rica has been denied.

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Importer bets on West African pineapple sweetness opening new doors

August 3rd, 2012

West African pineapples still have a bright export future in Europe despite shrinking volumes.

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Costa Rican govt responds to stable fly outbreak

July 20th, 2012

The Costa Rican government has launched an action plan for the pineapple industry to fight a stable fly outbreak.

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Costa Rica: U.S. pineapple imports lower over peak months

July 9th, 2012

Costa Rican pineapple growers held back U.S. export supply during the key flowering period of May and June.

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U.S. banana imports from Latin America rose slightly in 2011

July 5th, 2012

Latin American banana producers must increase productivity if they are to survive in a world of rising costs.

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Costa Rican ports re-open for pineapple and banana exports

June 15th, 2012

Costa Rica’s ports are open again but strikers say they will continue action with road blockades.

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Costa Rican port strike ‘a worry’ for pineapple industry

June 14th, 2012

Strikes in Costa Rica over port concessions are holding back pineapple exports.

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U.S. importer Kingston set to expand pineapple business

May 22nd, 2012

U.S. tropical fruit procurement company Kingston plans to grow its pineapple presence.

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Price hikes for Maersk’s Latin American shipments

May 21st, 2012

Maersk Line has vowed to increase its Latin American route rates to absorb rising fuel costs.

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Costa Rica sets sights on Chinese pineapple and melon markets

May 15th, 2012

Costa Rica is finalizing phytosanitary certificates for pineapple and melon exports to China.

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U.S. to allow Central American dragon fruit exports

April 19th, 2012

Nicaragua and a host of other Central American countries are set to ship dragon fruit to the U.S.

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Mango exports to the U.S. jump by 24%

April 10th, 2012

Latin American mango exports to the U.S. climbed by 24% in the last week of March.

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Opinion: fair trade produce goes from strength to strength

April 10th, 2012

Fair Trade USA talks up growing demand and valuable projects in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru.

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Mexican mango shipments show slight dip

March 27th, 2012

Mexico’s mango export volumes fell last week, but the NMB forecasts a rise over the coming fortnight.

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Costa Rica’s banana exports hurt by lack of rain

March 26th, 2012

Banana export values and prices have suffered in Costa Rica following a lack of rain.

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APM Terminals gets final govt endorsement in Costa Rica

March 22nd, 2012

A US$992 million port project in Costa Rica could have a positive impact on the fruit industry.

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Panama pineapple exports set to double

March 15th, 2012

A major grower is hoping Panama pineapples’ renowned low pesticide levels will entice U.S. and E.U. retailers.

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Mango exports to U.S. jump as Mexican season gets underway

March 5th, 2012

Mexico’s mango exports to the U.S. increased by more than 100% in week 8 as the season gets into full swing.

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APM Terminals says record 2011 profits will boost expansion

February 29th, 2012

A 24% year-on-year rise in profits for ATM Terminals will be ploughed into expanding the operator’s port networks.

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Russian fruit importer JFC applies to the courts to stave off creditors

February 23rd, 2012

Russia’s largest fruit importer JFC Group is struggling to survive following huge operational losses.

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Cocaine seized in Canadian tropical fruit shipment

February 7th, 2012

Canadian police have made their second fruit-related cocaine bust in recent weeks.

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Costa Rica to sterilize fruit flies with X-rays

January 13th, 2012

The Costa Rican government will use Rad Source Technology equipment in a bid to wipe out fruit flies.

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Low temperatures could lead to premature fruit growth, says Costa Rican govt

January 10th, 2012

Premature pineapple growth is expected in Costa Rica due to cold temperatures over the weekend.

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Costa Rican pineapple export hike in 2011

December 22nd, 2011

Costa Rica’s fresh pineapple exports rose 8% in 2011, along with a stronger industry focus on sustainability.

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Costa Rica to boost migrant fruit picker intake

December 19th, 2011

Costa Rica is recruiting immigrants to help with its fruit harvests.

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Asian taste for Chilean cherries grows while U.S. imports decrease

December 15th, 2011

China and other Latin American countries are becoming increasingly important markets for Chilean cherries.

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Ecuadorian govt steps in to end banana price impasse

December 7th, 2011

Ecuador has finally decided on an average default price of a box of bananas for 2012.

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Costa Rica’s pesticide use is too high, claim scientists

December 6th, 2011

Scientists have said Costa Rica’s use of active ingredient pesticides is the highest in the world.

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Costa Rica: Del Monte banana strike over

December 2nd, 2011

Costa Rican banana employees have returned to work after winning better conditions at Del Monte’s plantations.

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Del Monte banana workers in Costa Rica continue strike

November 30th, 2011

Banana workers at Del Monte’s Costa Rican plantations have downed tools over poor pay.

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Costa Rica: Del Monte banana workers strike for more pay

November 16th, 2011

Banana workers at Del Monte’s Costa Rican plantations are still on strike over work conditions.

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Costa Rican pineapple company to double cultivation

November 1st, 2011

Armed with a string of certifications, Costa Rican pineapple company Upala Agricola is set to ramp up production.

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Storms take toll on Costa Rican agriculture

October 26th, 2011

Heavy rains in Costa Rica have affected transportation of pineapples, bananas and plantains.

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Latin American melon farmers could suffer from U.S. disease scare

October 18th, 2011

Industry expert Dick Spezzano says Latin American melon exports will likely struggle in the U.S. this year.

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Caribbean rambutans on export roll

October 12th, 2011

The rambutan industries of both Costa Rica and Puerto Rico have been given a boost.

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Costa Rican govt ‘greenwashing’ pineapple problems

September 26th, 2011

A Costa Rican pineapple sustainability scheme has been accused of ‘greenwashing’.

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Costa Rican president calls for end to strikes

September 6th, 2011

Costa Rica’s privatization of the Moin port to APM Terminals has turned sour with blockades.

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Honduran banana exports stagnant on the margins

August 29th, 2011

A lack of trade agreements has pushed Honduras to the margins of the global banana market.

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Dole to compensate Central American workers

August 15th, 2011

After 15 years of legal battles, Dole has agreed to compensate former workers claiming health damages from pesticides.

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Costa Rica: APM Terminals demands govt signs agremeent

August 11th, 2011

APM Terminals has called on the Costa Rican government to sign a container port construction contract.

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Costa Rican ag exports rise 10.4% in H1

July 29th, 2011

Costa Rica recorded strong export growth across most fruit categories in the first half.

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Costa Rica: the challenge of changing fruit demand

July 27th, 2011

Costa Rica’s pineapple industry will likely need to shift towards more processed exports to meet European demand changes.

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Costa Rica launches responsible pineapple production scheme

June 29th, 2011

Costa Rica’s vice president has touted his country as a leader in environmental protection, despite global criticism over contamination in the pineapple industry.

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Costa Rican pineapple farms fire workers for union membership

June 24th, 2011

Costa Rica’s pineapple industry is in hot water again but this time over labor code violations.

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Costa Rica’s banana exporters face Chinese challenges

June 22nd, 2011

High transport costs and increased competition have set back Costa Rica’s banana exports to China.

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Costa Rican pineapple farms contaminating water, study shows

June 16th, 2011

Pesticides from pineapple farms have polluted rivers and streams in the Costa Rican province of Limon.

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Citrus greening under control in Costa Rica

June 6th, 2011

Costa Rican disease control has halted the spread of HLB, but nurseries are critical of the measures.

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Costa Rica pineapples record growth in Q1

May 26th, 2011

Costa Rica recorded a slight uptick in pineapple exports in the first quarter while banana exports fell.

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Costa Rica: pineapple growers blamed for eco degradation

May 25th, 2011

A Costan Rican tribunal has accused pineapple growers of degrading a protected wildlife refuge.

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Costa Rica’s port workers to strike

May 20th, 2011

Costa Rican port workers plan to strike over JAPDEVA’s proposed privatization plans.

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Staay Food Group buys stake in Costa Rica pineapple farm

May 19th, 2011

A Dutch firm has bought a stake in Costa Rican pineapple business Agricola Agromonte S.A.

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First quarter export fall for Costa Rica’s bananas and melons

April 29th, 2011

Costa Rica’s banana export rates improved slightly in March while melon exports fell significantly during the first three months of 2011.

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Three countries unite to combat fruit drug ring

April 25th, 2011

Spain, Costa Rica and the U.S. have worked together towards dismantling a drug ring that hides cocaine in fruit shipments.

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Banana prices: E.U. tariff quotas increase volatility

April 11th, 2011

Ecuador’s banana industry says the system is more competitive, but a European think tank has criticized its volatility.

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Costa Rica banana exports fall 11.4%

April 4th, 2011

Poor Caribbean weather conditions led to lower export volumes for Costa Rica’s most important agricultural export over January and February.

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Wal-Mart to invest US$1.57B in Mexico

March 2nd, 2011

Walmart de México y Centroamérica is making its largest ever investment in the region for one single year in 2011, worth a total of US$1.97 billion across six countries.

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Costa Rica expects China FTA this week

February 28th, 2011

Costa Rica’s banana and pineapple industries will likely receive a boost from a China FTA agreement expected this week.

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Costa Rica uses most pesticides per hectare

February 22nd, 2011

Protesters have gathered around Costa Rica to encourage reduction of the country’s pesticide use, as it is the highest user per hectare of crop land in the world.

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British suspect caught in Costa Rica pineapple cocaine bust

January 28th, 2011

British, Romanian, Jamaican and Costa Rican nationals have been detained for alleged cocaine and marijuana trafficking inside pineapple cartons.

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Costa Rica’s bananas to get country-of-origin label

January 17th, 2011

Industry hopes designation will help in European market

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Costa Rica banana exports fall below 2010 expectations

January 7th, 2011

Intense rains in January 2010 that affected 11,000 hectares cut about 5% from the 103 million carton projection.

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Costa Rica on pace for record banana sales in 2010

December 16th, 2010

Exports through October valued at more than $600 million, more than all of 2009

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Costa Rican land area for organic agriculture shrinks

December 7th, 2010

Reduction comes despite a law aimed at boosting production

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