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Colombia: The Colombian Cacao Industry

Colombia is a major cocoa producer, ranking tenth globally in total output. In 2021, Colombia produced 65,174 MT of cocoa with a planted area of 194,428 hectares. Colombia has 2.8 million hectares of land suitable for cocoa growth and is a major producer of fine or flavor cocoa.
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Honduras: Grocery Retail 2022

Honduras ranks twenty sixth as an ?export destination for consumer-oriented products from the United ??States?. Honduras’s imports were valued in US$ 462.8 million, second only to Guatemala for the Central American region, and seventh in the Americas.
On November 9, 2020, Colombia’s Ministry of Health, and Social Protection (MINHEALTH) issued Resolution 2013, a regulation that sets mandatory maximum sodium content limits for 59 processed food product categories. Resolution 2013 introduces a new conformity certificate requirement and reduction goals for sodium content in foods.
On June 16, 2021, Colombia’s Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MINHEALTH) issued Resolution No. 810 establishing the technical regulation for nutrition and front-of pack labeling requirements for packaged food for human consumption, which will go into effect on December 16, 2022. This report includes the original regulation and an English translation.
On Monday, February 28 Mexico's Ministry of Economy released the Mexican Official Standard NOM-173-SE-2021 - Denominations-Specifications- Commercial Information and Test Methods for Prepackaged Non-Alcoholic Beverages with Fruit or Vegetable Content.
On October 4, 2021, the Consumer Protection Agency (PROFECO) announced that nine brands of instant soup would be temporarily removed from the market due to noncompliance with Mexican labeling laws, namely misleading declarations regarding product content, or because of high levels of ingredients perceived to pose health risks, such as fats, salt, sugar, and calories.
On June 11, 2021, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) issued a notice soliciting public comments on the “Plant-Based Regulatory Discussion.”
Based on a preliminary announcement, Mexico is drafting a proposed official standard for product placement in supermarkets and stores.
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Costa Rica: Retail Foods

The ongoing economic impact of COVID-19 on Costa Rica has been significant, including a serious decline in tourism.
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Mexico: Front of Pack Labeling Manual Published

Mexico’s Health and Sanitary Risks Authority published a manual to provide clarity on the commercial and sanitary information required for labeling processed foods and non-alcoholic beverages.
Those seeking to take advantage of the tariff benefits stemming from the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement should ensure their products comply with rules-of-origin requirements to avoid fines and back duty assessments.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently revised requirements for heat-treated and raw/minimally heat-treated pet food imported from the United States.