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Colombian coffee production exceeded 10.3 million bags in the past 12 months
  • The October 2013 production figure became the highest since October 2007 with over one million bags produced.
  • So far this year (January-October) coffee production rose 43%, harvesting 8.6 million bags, approximately 2.6 million bags more than the production recorded during the same period last year in 2012.
  • Meanwhile, coffee exports exceeded 9.1 million bags of 60 kilos in the last twelve months. A 26% increase in sales during the same period last year.
  • Thanks to the increase in production, Colombian coffee growers suffer less from low international prices, as each farmer grows more bags per hectare, regardless of premium specialty coffee prices.   

Bogota, Colombia – November 6, 2013 –As a result of the plant renovation program that seeks to increase productivity and plant health in coffee, coffee production in Colombia, the leading producer of mild washed Arabica coffee, exceeded 10.3 million bags of 60 kilos over the past twelve months.

This rise in coffee production coincides with the increase in total exports, which also have been increasing. So much so, that in the last twelve months foreign sales grew 26 percent and stood at 9.1 million bags of 60 kilos of coffee, which will contribute to the growing demand of high quality Colombian coffee.

It is worth noting that an increasing portion of Colombia coffee exports corresponds to value-added coffee, including specialty coffee, which allows producers to demand higher prices and benefits. This year 35 percent of exports were sold in higher value segments, while more than 164,000 coffee growers are tied to a sustainability protocol such as 4C, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade (Flo) or C.A.F.E Practices. 

It is expected that 50 percent of exports by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation in 2013 will be specialty coffees; whereas in 2006, that number stood at only 19 percent.  

 In the first ten months of 2013, production surpassed that of the entire year in 2012

The coffee renovation program implemented by the Federation not only allowed farmers to grow rust resistant plants, but has also contributed to the increased production per hectare, which went from 11.1 60-kilo bags of green coffee per productive  hectare in 2012, to an expected 14.5 bags to be produced this year, for a 31 percent increase. 

So far this year the harvest exceeded the 8.6 million bags, a 43 percent increase from the 6.1 million bags produced in the same period last year. This means that in the first ten months of 2013, production already surpassed the total 7.7 million bags from 2012.

As of October 2013, production reached 1,058,000 bags of 60 kilos, a 62 percent increase of the 653 thousand bags produced in the tenth month of 2012.

 Coffee exports continue to grow in October

As of now, coffee exports grew 35 percent with 7.6 million bags of 60 kilos compared to the 5.6 million bags exported to international markets between January-October of 2012.

A total of 883,000 bags of 60 kilos were exported in October 2013 for a 52 percent increase compared to the 582,000 bags exported in October of 2012.

 

Coffee production year to date 2013

            (60 kilo bags)

 

January - October  2013

        8,658,000

January - October  2012

         6,070,000

Variation

                 43%

Coffee production in October 2013

            (60 kilo bags)

 

October 2013

1,058,000

October 2012

   653,000

Variation

   62 %

Coffee production in October 2013

            (60 kilo bags)

October 2013

1,058,000

October 2012

   653,000

Variation

   62 %

Coffee production in the last twelve months

            (60 kilo bags)

November 2012 - October  2013

        10,332,000

November 2012 - October  2013

         7,650,000

Variation

                 35%

Coffee exports year to date 2013

(60 kilo bags)

January - October  2013

7,625,000

January - October  2012

5,647,000

Variation

35%

Coffee export in October 2013

(60 kilo bags)

October 2013

883,000

October 2012

582,000

Variation

52%

Coffee exports in the last twelve months

(60 kilo bags)

November 2012 - October  2013

9,147,000

November 2012 - October  2013

7,277,000

Variation

26%

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