April 6, 2023 – El Salvador’s food manufacturing sector has been able to successfully adapt to a challenging environment and has provided signals of a rapid recovery, despite facing a continuous crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the supply chain shortages that increased the costs of raw materials and other inputs needed to produce food. According to the latest data available for the sector, published by the Salvadoran Industrialist Association, a total of $1.3 billion value of ingredients was imported in 2021, which is about 13 percent more than in 2020. Meat products, animal fats and vegetable oils were among the main products imported by the food industry in the same period. The United States was the second supplier of intermediate food products to El Salvador during 2022.
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