Conservas La Costeña is the leading canned food products company in Mexico. Originally founded in 1923, the company has grown to become one of the most recognized and celebrated brands of the Hispanic market. La Costeña sells its products in virtually every city in Mexico as well as in over 40 countries around the world (including the USA and Canada, where the brand is managed and distributed by Vilore Foods).
La Costeña® brand history
Conservas La Costeña was founded by Vicente López Resines in 1923. It all started when he bought a small grocery shop in Mexico City that was called “La Costeña”. The store became popular when Mr. López began storing and selling jalapeño peppers in 20 Kg jars filled with natural alcohol and vinegar so they would last longer. By 1937 La Costeña started its own jar company and this decision changed the future of the business.In 1951 the company started its industrialization by applying the first automatic production line of 3kg cans. With the help of forklift trucks and its own delivery vehicles, La Costeña grew up rather quickly; it increased its product line with different canned goods (including olives and other types of peppers) and expanded its distribution territory. Just four years later, the company installed another automated production line for 105g canned products.
In 1975, La Costeña expanded again to cover the U.S. market and quickly developed an important reputation in the country. Since then, the company has experienced consistent growth and has founded three new production plants and over 30 distribution centers to meet the growing market demand for their products.
La Costeña’s marketshare and reach have expanded worldwide, exporting products to over 40 countries around the world. According to trade magazine Entrepreneur México, La Costeña controls over 60% of the world’s chile market, with 16% of its output being exported to other countries.
La Costeña® products
Vilore Foods imports and distributes the following La Costeña products:
Jalapeño peppers have gained worldwide popularity for their spicy hot flavor. They can be eaten straight out of the can or used to give your dishes that delicious Mexican touch that everyone loves. La Costeña Jalapeños come in a wide variety of presentations and packaging options as whole peppers, diced or nacho sliced.
Chipotle peppers are a variety of red jalapeños that are ripened, dried and smoked through a very special process that follows an original Aztec tradition. The chipotle peppers are packed in a spicy red tomato adobo sauce that really adds to the warm and smoky flavor. La Costeña chipotle peppers are truly one of a kind.
The Serrano pepper is the original Mexican hot pepper. Grown in the Mexican Sierra (Mountain Highlands), the Serrano peppers are long, thin, with a thick firm skin and are known for their delicious extra spicy taste. La Costeña Serrano peppers can be used in salsas, guacamole and a virtually any dishes you want to “spice up”.
Pickled Sliced Carrots
Sliced carrots are pickled with vinegar, salt and spicy jalapeño juice. A true all-time favorite. If you want the spicy taste of jalapeños without the peppers, these delicious sliced carrots are the way to go. Add them to nachos, sauces or use to add a great spicy flavor to your favorite meals.
Tomatillos are a relative of tomatoes and provide that delicious tart flavor in all Mexican green sauces and salsas. Known in Mexico as tomatillos or “Tomates Verdes”, this unique fruit is a required ingredient in many Mexican dishes.
Authentic Mexican Salas & Dips
There’s always a perfect salsa for every occasion. Green salsa, Taquera salsa, Ranchera salsa, Chipotle salsa and traditional homestyle Mexican salsa… Each one of these delicious salsas are carefully prepared following their original recipes and are a great way to spice up your meals with delicious zesty taste.
And to spice up all your snacks, La Costeña also carries a delicious line of Red Salsa Dips. These come in three different spicy levels: Mild, Medium and HOT.
Authentic Mexican Moles
Mole is one of Mexico’s staple dishes. It is commonly prepared for special celebrations and virtually every Mexican has tried at least one type of mole. La Costeña offers the traditional Red Mole, Green Mole, Pipian Mole and a spiciy Adobo – use them to prepare your favorite dishes and get ready to celebrate with the true Mexican flavor.
Refried & Whole Beans
Add a taste of Mexico to all your meals with delicious, ready-to-serve Pinto Beans and Black Beans. Refried or Whole, La Costeña beans are one of Mexico’s favorites and can be used to prepare a lot of different dishes or used as a side-dish to perfectly complement and add flavor anytime.
Menudo is a traditional Mexican breakfast. La Costeña Red Menudo a delicious ready-to-serve beef tripe and hominy stew prepared using the original recipe with spices and chilli peppers that give it a unique taste that you’ll love.
Nopalitos (Tender cactus)
Perfectly cooked and ready-to-eat, nopalitos are tender nopal cactus shoots are one of Mexico’s traditional green vegetables. La Costeña nopalitos can be used for salads, soups, casseroles and to prepare a wealth of Mexicah cuisine delicacies. The nopal cactus (known in the US as prickly pear) is believed to be a natural remedy for diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol.
Delicious pitted olives in fresh water and salted to perfection. La Costeña olives come in two variants: Regular and Stuffed with Jalapeño peppers… and are both a great ingredient to add flavor to your cooking and as a healthy and flavorful snack.
Fruit Paste (Ate)
La Costeña offers fruit paste in two delicious flavors: Guava and Quince (Membrillo). The tangy and intense real fruit flavor is the perfect way to please your palate. Fruit pastes are a great pairing food item to cheese and make a wonderful addition to snacks, antipastos and desserts.
Mayonnaise with Lime Juice
La Costeña is the preferred mayonnaise brand in Mexico and for a great reason. The added lime juice makes a great difference by heightening the flavor in your food and snacks.