SMALL SCALE ASEPTIC FRUIT PROCESSING IN COSTA RICA
The majority of the value of finished products typically is held by downstream branded companies and retail. Adding value to raw materials by bringing processing closer to small farms is a key strategy to both improve rural livelihoods, create rural jobs and stabilize smallholder supply chains for buyers. A collaboration of the Food Lab, Stonyfield Yogurt, Danone’s Ecosysteme Fund, local NGO ANAI and the APPTA small producers association in Costa Rica’s Talamanca region, this project is building a small scale aseptic fruit puree factory and building the capacity of the farmer group to run the operation. The factory, owned by the farmers, is located close to the smallholder farms and will allow the farmers to increase their incomes and the farmer group to increase their margins.This project aims to deliver shared value by:
- Reducing post harvest loss of fruit by bringing processing closer to the farm;
- Increase farmer incomes by providing a more stable market for banana and other tropical fruits (carambola, araza, passionfruit);
- Increasing Stoneyfield’s access to a consistent supply of organic banana cultivated in a way that aligns with their mission;
- Supporting the farmer association to run an efficient business to supply to international markets and create rural jobs; and
- Building the market support for APPTA agroecological farming model, based on combination of cacao, banana, other fruits and shade trees.
For more information, contact Stephanie Daniels at [email protected]