Just commerce food fair to open today

More food products are going on display today at the Antiqua Aduana. The exposition is supported by the Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura, and five production organizations plan to display chocolate, honey, coffee and other Costa Rican products.

The exhibition runs through Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The inauguration today is at noon.

The Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación said that only 31 percent of such firms have a local marketing strategy, even though that is necessary. The exhibition also focuses on what is called comercio justo or just commerce, which is similar to the fair trade concept with coffee. The idea is to see that all in the chain of production, including small producers, receive equal benefit, said the institute.

The organizations involved are Alianza, Coopevictoria R.L.,  Coopeassa R.L,  Choco Prisma and Apoya. The Antigua Aduana is on Calle 23 in east San José adjacent to the Iglesia Santa Teresita. The event is called the V Feria del Gustito.

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