Frozen Vegetables in Guatemala: Tapping the Small Farmer’s Potential

  • David Glover
  • Ken Kusterer
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Alimentos Congelados, S.A. (ALCOSA) began operations in Guatemala in 1971. Hardly more than a household business at that time, ALCOSA specialized in freezing fruits and vegetables for the small local market and small quantities of specialized products, such as guacamole dip, for export. In 1975, the company was purchased by Hanover Brands, Inc. an American processor and distributor of frozen canned fruits and vegetables. With investments from Hanover and with increased financial support from the Latin American Agri-business Development Corporation (LAAD), ALCOSA’s plant was greatly expanded and its business reoriented toward the processing of large quantities of a few labour-intensive vegetables for the North American market.


Assembly Line Small Farmer Large Farmer Farm Equipment Guatemala City 
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© David Glover and Ken Kusterer 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Glover
    • 1
  • Ken Kusterer
    • 2
  1. 1.International Development Research CentreOttawaCanada
  2. 2.The American UniversityUSA

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