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Costa Rica on pace for record banana sales in 2010

Costa Rica has posted a 20% increase in banana exports in 2010, and expects to continue the upward trend in 2011, according to local newspaper El Prensa Libre.

According to data from the country’s ministry of foreign trade, exports of the fruit in the first 10 months of 2010 have been valued at US $602.4 million, compared with US $502.9 million during the same period last year. Exports for all of 2009 totaled U.S. $578 million

Foreign sales could reach US $700 million by the end of 2010, one of the highest amounts in Costa Rica’s history, according to projections for the National Corporation for Banana, the website said.

So far in 2010, 100 million cartons of bananas have been sold overseas, compared with 87 million cartons in 2009, the website said.

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