General — 10 January 2012 — by Janine I. Crawford
Corn tortillas are greatly consumed in the Northern parts of Belize. They are also packed and distributed in other parts of the country.
Many people have ventured into the lucrative business of tacos selling. On December 16, 2011, major corn tortilla factories in the North announced that the prices of corn tortilla and masa, used to make the tortillas and porridge, had increased.
Corn tortillas were sold at $1.25 per pound; now, the price is $1.40, and masa, which was sold at 77 cents, is now at 85 cents.
According to one major producing factory in Orange Walk Town, the increase in the cost of tortilla and masa was the result of an increase in the price of dry corn, which is now being sold at $50 per sack. The factory bought the dry corn for $35.00 a sack.
Most costumers we spoke with seem dissatisfied with the increase in price, but said corn tortillas are a major part of their food.
According to one tacos vendor, it is likely that tacos will go from the regular 3 for a $1.00, to 2 for a $1.00.