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An innovative food industry

Thanks to its rich volcanic soils and incredibly diverse micro climates that offer a wide range of production options, Costa Rica has made agribusiness a part of its economy since the early 1800s.

But the food industry has evolved quite a bit in this nation since then. Between 2009 and 2014 exports in the food sector grew 53%, from $945 million to $1,441.9 million. Currently, more than 350 different agricultural and processed foods are exported to more than 130 destinations around the world. Such demanding and dynamic markets as Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, the United States, China, and Japan have become longstanding consumers of Costa Rica’s export products.

Rising Cities

1st country in exporting carbon neutral coffee

1st pineapple exporter in the world

2nd fresh tilapia exporter to the USA

3rd banana exporter in the world

3rd cassava exporter in the world

3rd exporter of SAUCES AND PREPARATIONS in LATAM and the Caribbean

4th cantaloupe supplier to the EU

Production with environmental awareness

An integral view on sustainable development drives Costa Rica to act under the motto that “we preserve to produce and we produce to preserve”. The country has expanded the value chain with organic agriculture, production under controlled environments, “green” products, fair trade and biotechnology applied to agriculture.


The country’s ideal position between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, also offers the right conditions for aquaculture. Costa Rica has become a key exporter of tilapia, yellow fin tuna, bigeye tuna, mahi mahi, and swordfish. Sustainable shrimp farming activities are also in place. The final products exported to the US, Germany and other EU countries include gourmet jarred or canned seafood with a wide variety of flavorings such as oregano, basil, mixed vegetables or even jalapeño among other specialties.

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Non-food agriculture

Growing demand for sustainable construction products has led to growth in Costa Rica’s bamboo industry in the South, where companies produce both construction materials and furniture using the fast-growing plant.

In addition, companies in several regions -- particularly the North -- are taking advantage of the vast biodiversity found beyond the GMA to harvest and export organic and natural products used to manufacture pharmaceutical and personal care products in Europe and Asia.

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