Fruit Logistica

Dominican Republic: Increasing its export to Europe

“The United States has been the main traditional market for the Dominican Republic in general, not just for fresh produce. Nevertheless, the Dominican Republic is growing in products with high potential in Europe. For example, products such as hot peppers, bananas, avocados, Asian vegetables in general, but also the premium pineapple by air, as well as dragon fruit. 

The European market is usually more profitable for most of the products and often the competition isn't as tough as in the United States, where Mexico and Honduras are rivals, states Emmanuel Guzmán, export business executive at ProDominicana (formerly CEI-RD).

The Dominican Republic will be represented by the Export and Investment Promotion Agency, PRODOMINICANA and Junta Agroempresarial Dominicana, JAD. A mix of companies will be joining with a diverse offer of fresh produce. From their traditional bananas to green skin avocados and premium pineapples:
  • Caralinda Agroindustrial
  • Carvexco
  • Fruvenor
  • Quality Export
  • Banamiel
  • Cayena Export
  • Banama
  • Landfruits
  • SWG Dominicana
  • Ely Import R Export
“The European market is growing and the Dominican Republic is working to earn a market share of that growth. Europe receives many foreigners who are important consumers of Dominican produce - like yellow mangoes, hot peppers, and Green skin avocados. European people are becoming more aware of the healthiness of the avocado varieties Semil and Carla. Little by little, the Green skin avocados are taking market share from the Hass variety”, explains Emmanuel.

During the last few weeks the Dominican Republic has suffered from a lot of rain. “It has affected the crops of, for example Asian vegetables and bananas. The last year was quite irregular in terms of storms and frequent rain. This is forcing the farmers to become more prepared for climate change, as well as to implement better farming technologies and practices, which should help their plots when the climate attempts to affect their business.”

Emannuel concludes that the year 2018 is the year of export promotion declared by the president of the country. “The export of fresh produce represent around 1 billion USD and the sector receives support from the public and private sector. Taking that into account, the expectations are high for Fruit Logistica, as it’s the main trade fair in Europe which is a top market for our country. Moreover, it’s important to establish partnerships between our growers and European importers. We will as well be benchmarking during the fair, as that will help the entrepreneurs to lead their business in the right way in terms of meeting the international market demands and needs.”

You can visit the Dominican pavilion in Hall 26, booth E-13.

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