Guatemala’s”free press” reported on July 17 that Orlando sol ó rzano, chairman of the food and beverage Commission (CAB) of agexport, said that 2021 was the”Spring Festival” of Guatemalan dietary products exports, with a total export volume of $2.323 billion, achieving a year-on-year increase of 29%. It is expected that this amount will increase to about $3billion this year, with an increase of more than 30%. As of April this year, the export volume of Guatemalan dietary products was US $898.7 million, an increase of 35%over the same period last year.
Sorosano pointed out that domestic food product manufacturers are committed to consolidating the overseas market and creating conditions for more local products to go international. For example, Guatemalan food has entered Bahrain, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Libya, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Belarus, Kenya and other markets through the”food to the world” strategy; Buyers in the United States, Mexico and Central America have gradually regarded Guatemala as a supplier of high-quality dietary products and consider its products more competitive in price.
It is worth mentioning that Guatemala is also exporting high value-added dietary products to the international market, such as freeze-dried fruits, gluten free flour, energy supplements, etc.
Sorosano mentioned that in the past five years, different kinds of dietary products in Guatemala have entered different new markets, such as candy, which has opened up markets in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Dominica; Beverages have opened up the Swiss and Chinese markets; Canned food has opened up markets in Libya, Turkey, Jamaica, Australia, Belarus, Kenya and Venezuela; Cereals and baked goods have entered the Jordanian market; Alcoholic beverages have entered the markets of Argentina and Uruguay.
It is reported that the Guatemalan food products industry is composed of about 2000 enterprises, creating more than 100000 direct jobs and 400000 indirect jobs.