October 14th, 2012 – As of Friday, a number of Dos Pinos products have seen price increases.
The cooperative announced on Friday that regular short-term milk (the white box), will increase 20 colons per liter, costing now 545 colons vs. 525 previously. Pasteurized milk in the 670 ml bag will increase 10 colons.
The common fresh cheese (200 grams) has increased from 725 colons to 755, and sour cream in a115 gram bag has gone from 210 to 215 colons.
Other products that saw price increases are ice cream, yogurt, whipping cream, juices, nectar drinks, and other drink products.
According to Dos Pinos, the increases in price are due to a raise in the cost of basic grains for feeding milking livestock, such as soy and corn; as well as fuel prices and interest rates.
The CORONADO brand says it will not be increasing their prices. Instead, it says it will lower prices on its long-term milk products.
The increase in Dos Pinos prices comes after Florida Bebidas (also the Costa Rican Brewery and recently the owner of Musmanni corporation), launched their line of milk products, “Mu”, which will compete against Dos Pinos.
In Latin America, Costa Rica is the 3rd largest consumer of milk products per capita, after Argentina and Uruguay. An average person consumes 200 liters of milk products per year in Costa Rica.