Costa Rica: Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional
Costa Rica’s strong tourism sector and its well-developed hotel, restaurant, and institutional (HRI) sectors provide for excellent opportunities for U.S. food and beverage (F&B) product exports to Costa Rica. Tourism is Costa Rica’s major economic driver. Forty percent of Costa Rica’s tourists, totaling 1.2 million, are from the United States. According to the Government of Costa Rica, 8.8 percent of the Costa Rican jobs are related to the tourism industry. F&B importers seek to meet consumers’ growing tastes and demands for high quality and trendy products. As the tourism sector expands over the next five years, post expects opportunities for reliable U.S. food and beverage products to continue to grow. The increase in Costa Rica’s tourism industry is a key influencer in U.S. food and beverage exports, especially for the following products: beef, pork, dairy, processed fruit, chocolate products, snack foods, prepared foods, bakery ingredients, pre-cooked frozen products, condiments and sauces.