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Costa Rican cassava exporter has full focus on sustainability

“98% of the electricity for the irrigation system comes from renewable sources”

A Costa Rican fruit producer has invited people to visit their farm virtually, with help of the CBI B2Match platform. The exporter has a focus on European market and makes sure their cassava production is done sustainably as well as socially responsible.

TropiFoods is a Costa Rican family business which has been producing cassava for 30 years as a specialty, ethnic ingredient. Today, the versatile tuber is the firm’s main export product and it comes with tailored shipping and packaging solutions for European wholesalers and supermarkets.

“We want to contribute to make Costa Rican products synonymous with excellent quality, sustainably produced and socially responsible. Our clients know they get quality in every box,” TropiFood Operations Manager Joshua Guerrero explains. “They know we work ethically and sustainably, and that we do things right. That is what makes us stand out in Europe. For example, 98% of the electricity for the irrigation system of the main plantation at TropiFoods comes from renewable sources, and five hectares were given back to the rainforest. Workers have even spotted some endangered frogs and other species returning to the area.”

International and local certifications, such as GlobalG.A.P. and GRASP, are part of this, as are strong local partnerships, says Guerrero: “By developing cassava production, along with a more recent favorite, sweet potatoes, we’ve created new opportunities for the 300 farmers we work with. Come visit us and make a virtual tour around our farm!”

“Our next steps are to further consolidate our position on the European market and to expand our offer with new by-products, such as sweet potato and cassava flours. TropiFoods also hopes to develop other crops, like ginger, to keep helping Costa Rican farmers flourish and satisfy European consumers.” Guerrero concludes.

TropiFoods partnered with university research centres in North and Central America to develop varieties of sweet potatoes that best suit the area.

They can be visited in a virtual B2B meeting via the CBI B2Match platform.

You can also get in touch or find out more via the TropiFoods website, or its Instagram or Facebook.

TropiFoods is being promoted by the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) within its the Connecting Central America initiative. This initiative is co-financed by the European Union and coordinated by the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA).

For more information:
Joshua Guerrero
Mob: +506 7013 3700

Arno van der Maden
Mob: +506 884 74 746 

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