Gulfood: Sustainability not just a trend for Costa Rica
Sustainability is one of the “pillars of society, not a trendy topic” said Pedro Beirute, head of Procomer, Costa Rica’s exports promotion, at Gulfood.
Speaking exclusively to Caterer Middle East at the show, Beirute was highlighting the impressive green credentials of a country which gets 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, something the UAE would be keen to learn from.
Beirute said the products on show at Gulfood from Costa Rica were “a reflection of our model as a society” and pointed to the large range of organic produce available and the significant legislation the country has in terms of traceability.
“I think dried pineapples is a great example of an innovative product on show”, he said. “It’s a healthy snack with no artificial ingredients, no sugar, no preservatives. Nothing but the pineapple. So for children or adults that want to have a tasty fruit in a different format, it’s a great idea.”
It’s the fourth year of Costa Rica’s participation at Gulfood and Beirute said “we are repeating every year because after we do the evaluation it’s positive. So we aim to keep coming, we aim to keep growing as our presence in the market grows. We see this as a great platform to show our products.”
With 34% of Costa Rica’s GDP coming from exports, and over 50 countries including the US, the EU, and China having free trade agreements with the nation, events like Gulfood will continue to be a good platform for them to showcase their produce.