Upala Agrícola

Spurring local and sustainable growth

From Costa Rica to China

The region of Upala, Costa Rica, is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, by two rivers to the northwest and southeast, and the Cordillera de Guanacaste mountain range to the south. Although traditionally a cattle ranching region, its microclimate and rich soil make it ideal for growing pineapples.

Upala Agrícola was established in this region in 1996 and acquired in 2008 by a group of Costa Rican entrepreneurs interested in growing and exporting sustainable pineapples produced according to environmental best practices. Today, the company grows pineapples on more than 2,400 hectares, has two packaging facilities, and exports around 100 containers weekly. It employs more than 950 people, making it the largest employer in the region.

Upala Agrícola’s sustainability certifications include Rainforest Alliance, among others, as well as ISO 14001 which refers to environmental management standards.

Sustainable Use of Resources

Upala Agrícola’s commitment to sustainability can be appreciated throughout the entire pineapple production process. Three full-time employees are responsible for ensuring the implementation of good agricultural practices and the responsible use of natural resources.

Approximately 38% of its land is allocated for conservation and used as biological corridors, allowing connectivity between habitats, while great care is given to the land used for production.

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