Published Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Tico entrepreneurs recognized for
their innovative product in Dubai
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Costa Rican company Tertulia Brugge won the "Most Innovative Beverage" category for its Monk Fruit Chocolate Powder product. This is the first time that a Costa Rican company has won this award.
This is the sixth time Costa Rican entrepreneurs participated in the Gulfood Dubai food fair held in the United Arab Emirates, and placed in the Gulfood Innovation Awards.
The award is given to the most innovative products in 11 categories, from which the winner is chosen. "This award represents and inspires all those small and medium-sized companies, those enterprises that are just taking their first steps, to believe that, with effort, perseverance and dedication, everything is possible," Eugenia Sánchez, Commercial Director of Tertulia Brugge said.
This company exports products such as roasted coffee, coffee drips, cocoa powder and beverages with coffee-based preparations to the United States, the United Kingdom, Estonia and Russia.
Although this is the first time the company has won in Dubai, they are veteran international competitors. The company has participated in other international fairs such as Anuga in Germany, Fancy Food Show in the United States, Sial Paris in France, among others.
This year’s Gulfood exhibition had the following Costa Rican companies participate: Thompson Coffee, Paradise Ingredients, Azucarera El Viejo, and Ingenio Taboga.
Among the products that Costa Ricans promoted were Monk Fruit Chocolate Powder, banana puree for industrial use, mixers, sugar and dehydrated fruits.
The specialized food fair Gulfood brings more than 90,000 visitors and 5,000 exhibitors from 120 countries. The goal is to focus on developing business in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the Export Promotion Agency, Procomer.
This is the first time -after the pandemic- that a Costa Rican delegation has attended an export promotion event in person, the agency said.
Previous Costa Rican participants have managed to export dehydrated pineapple, hot sauces and sugar-free products to the United Arab Emirates. And juice to the United States and Canada. Bananas puree to New Zealand and French Polynesia.
According to data provided by the agency, in 2020, $51 million in agricultural products and medical equipment, among others, were exported to the Middle East.
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