Dominican Republic: Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional
With U.S. consumer-oriented product exports reaching a record $569 million in 2018, the Dominican Republic represents the fifth-largest market for such products in Latin America. Driven by a dynamic tourism industry, an increasing gastronomy focus, and solid domestic consumer demand, excellent opportunities exist for U.S. exports to the Dominican Republic’s food service sector. Following wide-reaching negative media coverage involving U.S. tourists in the DR, tourist bookings and food and beverage purchases at resorts are down 30 percent. However, growth in the hotel and restaurant sector in Santo Domingo and other urban areas has compensated for these losses. Leading U.S. products for distribution in hotels and restaurants include premium red meat cuts, pork, poultry parts, seafood, cheeses, frozen potatoes and vegetables, fresh fruit, wine, and craft beer. A strong preference for U.S. products exists in the sector, which incentivizes promotions under the SaborUSA branding.