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The second-largest supplier of salmon in the market: Chile looks to consolidate its position in the United States

March 19, 2019

Chile participates in the 35th annual Seafood Expo North America at the Boston Convention & DSC00414Exhibition Center. The event, often considered to be the premier seafood show in the United States, offers an excellent opportunity to showcase Chilean seafood that is internationally recognized for its natural flavor and purity.

Ten Chilean producers are exhibiting a wide variety of products, including Atlantic Salmon, Pacific Salmon, Coho, Trout, Mussels, Cuttlefish, Horse mackerel, Tilapia, Mahi Mahi, Deep Sea Bacchus, and Swordfish. They are located in the Chilean Pavilion at Booth 2117 and look to help consolidate Chile’s position as a reliable supplier of high-quality seafood to the North American market.

The United States is the main destination for Chilean seafood exports, with shipments reaching USD $2,027 million in 2018, or 28.8% of Chile’s total global exports, explains Matías Pinto, Coordinator of ProChile’s Commercial Offices in North America.

Chile is the world’s leading exporter of fresh and frozen fillets of salmon, preserved mussels, sea urchins, and second-largest supplier of frozen deep-water cod cuts and whole frozen horse mackerel. It has earned a prestigious reputation for the quality and flavor of its products, which is partially a result of the cold Humboldt current that runs along the Chilean coast.

“The Chilean industry is characterized by having a strict regulatory commitment in harmony with productive sustainability, quotas and temporary bans, monitoring systems from the point of departure to destination, and constant research that allows for the diversification of resources and the creation of new products, within the framework of a production system that meets the highest sanitary standards worldwide,” adds Pinto.

The Chilean companies participating in the Seafood Expo North America offer certified products produced under strict sustainability and traceability standards, and in a variety of formats. This includes innovative, value-added products such as portions of marinated salmon, sashimi cuts, cooked and frozen whole mussels that are vacuum-packed in their own juices, and ready-to-eat preparations with different sauces.

“Today, salmon is the second largest imported seafood product by the U.S., and Chile was the top supplier in 2017 and the second largest in 2018 (data through November 2018). In addition, Chile is the third largest supplier of U.S. mussels. This product, along with trout, have high growth potential, especially in various formats, from fresh to ready-to-eat. These opportunities have been executed in collaboration with the trade associations through different positioning activities, and of course, through our participation in this important fair,” said Pinto.