Costa Rica Pineapple Sector Booming With Help from PrimusLabs

Costa Rica Pineapple Sector Booming With Help from PrimusLabs

As Costa Rica emerges as a key global producer of organic pineapple, certifying companies like PrimusLabs | http://www.primuslabs.com/ | play an important role in guaranteeing quality and organic status.
Originally encountered by early European explorers and colonists in Brazil, pineapple | https://pineapplecr.com/en/the-history-of-pineapple-in-costa-rica-and-the-world/ | is now grown commercially in many parts of the tropics. It has been grown commercially in Costa Rica since the 1970s, beginning in Puntarenas and then expanding to other parts of the country.
Despite its small size, Costa Rica is a highly productive and competitive pineapple producer, with nearly 42,000 hectares under cultivation. Worldwide, demand for pineapples has risen by about 300 percent | https://www.panoramas.pitt.edu/health-and-society/costa-ricas-pineapple-industry-sweet-or-sour | since 2000, and Costa Rica has emerged as a world leader in production.
Costa Rican growers are well-equipped with production technology that allows them to produce a high tonnage of pineapples per hectare. Costa Rica’s geographical location on the Central American isthmus operates in their favor as well: the port cities are very close to the fields.
Other emerging markets that have been touted as significant pineapple producers include Colombia and Ecuador. However, compared with Costa Rica, these countries lack the combination of highly productive technology and a geography that favors rapid transit from the fields to the ports.
Costa Rica’s advantages, and the efforts of the growers, have quite literally borne fruit. Between 2001 and March of 2017, Costa Rica’s pineapple exports rose | https://www.panoramas.pitt.edu/health-and-society/costa-ricas-pineapple-industry-sweet-or-sour | from 25 million to 200 million boxes. Some 90 percent of all pineapples sold in the United States are Costa Rican.
With the pineapple export sector booming in Costa Rica, the emergent organic pineapple niche looks more promising than ever. One of the companies that has helped to make it possible is PrimusLabs, the first | http://www.primuslabs.com/docs/PL_MRKT_PR_RESIDUE_ResidueLabAddsIso_091217v1_ENG.pdf | privately-owned lab in the U.S. to carry out residue analyses for business-to-business purposes.
In Costa Rica, PrimusLabs’ chemists use their unique knowledge of the varied and complicated matrices of fresh produce to verify that pineapples are grown without the non-natural pesticides prohibited by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards.
PrimusLabs’ highly skilled chemists are experts in organic standards and in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detention testing. They have also recently added international accreditation, specifically | http://www.primuslabs.com/docs/PL_MRKT_PR_RESIDUE_ResidueLabAddsIso_091217v1_ENG.pdf | the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Accreditation 17025:2005 for pesticide residues.
With the pineapple market booming in Costa Rica, so far the only question seems to be where growers can expand exports to next. With Western Europe and the U.S. already largely dependent on Costa Rica for their pineapples, much of the new growth has come from Russia, Romania, other countries in Eastern Europe, and Turkey. Exports have also begun to China.
Thanks to companies like PrimusLabs, Costa Rica appears poised to conquer the world of organic pineapple exports.

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