Agri-Food


Agri-Food

imagen_07_04_11122456-300x200The Chilean agri-food industry has four major subsectors, including dried, canned, frozen, and juice concentrate, with processing plants throughout the country. Most dried product plants stand from Coquimbo to Los Lagos regions, notably in Metropolitan Santiago and environs, Valparaíso, and O’Higgins. Canneries extend from Arica and Parinacota on the north to Araucanía in the south (Tarapacá and Antofagasta excluded), with most clustered in Maule, Metro Santiago,and Valparaíso. Most frozen product plants stand from Valparaíso to Los Lagos, notably in Maule, Metro Santiago,and O’Higgins. Juice concentrate plants stand from Coquimbo to Los Lagos (excepting Biobío and Araucanía), especially in Maule and Metro Santiago.

This is a major industry. In Chile, 52 percent of farm produce is destined to the agri-food industry, which in turn ships 86 percent of its output to markets abroad.

Processed food exports have grown 234 percent in the past decade are were worth US$1.4 billion FOB in 2012 alone. These results clearly illustrate the remarkable growth enjoyed by the industry, currently a major player across the continent and around the world.

Competitive Advantages

  • Absence of pest and disease (Chile is sheltered by the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west).
  • Food safety.
  • Wide range of products and ability to develophealth foods and value-added products.
  • Outstanding fruit-growing climate conditions.
  • Excellent country image.

Leading Products

  • Raisins
  • Prunes
  • Dried apples
  • Jams
  • Tomato paste
  • Canned fruit
  • Frozen berries
  • Juice (apple, grape)

 

Certifications

  • HACCP
  • GMP
  • SO 9001
  • Kosher
  • FDA
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