Ice pop firm is spotlighted as strong national exporter

Here are examples of the ice pop product

Of all the goods produced and exported by Costa Rica, a national company specializing in the manufacturing of ice pops has gained particular fame for its product.

The Snackitos ice pop, manufactured by Alimentos Cónicas, can be found in 18 countries across the Caribbean, North America and South America, including Suriname, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and even Miami. They come in every color and flavor of the rainbow and can be found all over this country as well. They are naturally and artificially fruit flavored ice sticks encased in a plastic tube.

The company, based in Alajuela, began in 2002 and was featured this week by the Promotora del Comercio Exterior as one of the country’s strong export products. Last week at a press conference celebrating national exporter day, President Laura Chinchilla said despite a hurting global economy Costa Rican exports of goods and services in the first semester of 2011 have seen a 10 percent increase over the same period in 2010.

Although a press release about the event didn’t specifically mention ice pops, Ms. Chinchilla said the nation’s economic development was dependent on maintaining a strong export sector.

The ice pops are perfect for export because they can be shipped unfrozen and put in a freezer at the retail outlet.

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