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Food Processing Equipment

Market Overview 

The U.S. continued to hold its position as the largest supplier of food processing equipment to Argentina. Imports in this sector peaked during 2011 but decreased in 2012 and 2013 due to economic conditions and are expected to gradually return to previous levels beyond 2014. Although local production figures are almost non-existent, imports are estimated to account for 70 to 85 percent of the total market. Imports during the first quarter of 2014 amounted to $43 million.

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Sub- Sector Best Prospects

The segments that grew most in 2013 were equipment for the poultry industry (84.36.29.00.900); machinery for the meat processing industry (84.38.50.00.900); and machines for cleaning, sorting or grading seed, grain or dried leguminous vegetables (84.37). In addition to the aforementioned segments, U.S. exports may continue to find opportunities in the following specialized areas: parts for food and beverage processing equipment; machinery for cleaning or classification of eggs, fruit or other agricultural products; equipment for fat and vegetable oil extraction and processing; and machinery for the preparation or processing of fruits, nuts or vegetables.

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Opportunities

While imports decreased in general in 2012 and in 2013, imports from the U.S. still maintained their dominant market share in this sector. The food processing equipment market in Argentina relies heavily on imports by large domestic food processing companies and food exporters. Argentina is the world's leading exporter of soy oil and soy meal, the third largest soybean exporter, and also a top exporter of corn.

Argentina remains a key market for U.S. exports to Latin America. U.S. products are often sought out, particularly in the higher-end technology segment. However, recent controls imposed by the Argentine government have made exporting goods from any country to Argentina more difficult. It is important for would-be exporters to Argentina to confirm that their Argentine customer has received all the necessary permits (see Chapter 5: Trade Regulations, Customs, and Standards).

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Key Figures

(In US$ Millions)

2012

2013

2014
(Est.)

2015
(Est.)

Total Market Size

163.67

163.45

178.55

172.85

Total Local Production

109.20

90.00

93.60

97.35

Total Exports

66.93

43.85

44.70

46.50

Total Imports

121.40

119.65

122.00

Imports from the U.S.

33.46

23.20

24.36

25.50

  • -117.30

Note: Statistics are based on the following Mercosur Common External Tariff (MCET) Codes: 84.17.20; 8433.60; 8434.20; 8434.90; 8435; 8436.29.00.100; 8437; 8438; 8479.20.00

Total Market Size = (Total Local Production + Total Imports) – (Total Exports)

Data Sources:

  • Total Local Production: Unofficial estimates based on industry reports
  • Total Exports: Nosis/Exi-Net export/import data
  • Total Imports: Nosis/Exi-Net export/import data
  • Imports from U.S.: Nosis/Exi-Net export/import data

2013 import market share: United States: 20%; Italy: 17.8 %; Netherlands: 13.1%; Brazil: 9%; Germany: 7.1%

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Trade Events

In Argentina

Wine Processing

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Sitevi Mercosur
May – June 2016 (TBD)
UCIM Exhibition Center
City of Mendoza, Province of Mendoza
Exposium America Latina  
International Exhibition of Equipment and Techniques for Wine, Fruit-Growing and Wine-Making Sectors held every two years.

Dairy

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Mercolactea
May 2015 (TBD)
San Francisco Rural Association 
San Francisco, Province of Cordoba 
Diario La Nacion and Inforcampo Exposiciones S.A. 
International Exhibition for the Dairy Industry. 

Bakery

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FITHEP ExpoAlimentaria Mercosur
June 1-4, 2015
Costa Salguero Convention Center
City of Buenos Aires 
Publitec S.A. Editora
International Exhibition of Technology for Ice Cream, Confection,
Chocolate, Bakery, Pasta, Pizza, and Convenience Products. Takes place every two years.

Agribusiness

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Exposición Rural
July 2015 (TBD)
La Rural Exhibition Center
City of Buenos Aires 
Sociedad Rural Argentina y La Rural S.A.
International Exhibition of Livestock, Agriculture, and Industry. 

Food Technology

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Tecno Fidta
September 2015 (TBD) 
Costa Salguero Convention Center
City of Buenos Aires 
Indexport Messe Frankfurt S.A. 
International Exhibition of Food Technology, Additives and Ingredients. Takes place every two years.

Food and Beverage

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Envase/Alimentek
August 4-7, 2015
Costa Salguero Convention Center
City of Buenos Aires 
Instituto Argentino del Envase
(Argentine Packaging Institute)
Food and beverage processing machinery and equipment show.

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FIAR
May 8-11, 2015
Municipal Convention Center 
Rosario, Santa Fe Province
Municipality of the City of Rosario
Rosario International Food Fair. Food and beverage processing machinery and equipment show. Held every two years.

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Useful Links

Argentine Web Sites

Government

Food Industry Suppliers

Food Products

Meat and Poultry

Wine

Dairy

Packaging

U.S. Web Sites

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Contact Information

Please feel free to contact the U.S. Commercial Service Argentina Specialist mentioned below for additional information or assistance.

Liliana Paz
Food Processing and Packaging Equipment Sector Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service Argentina
Embassy of the United States of America
Av. Colombia 4300
C1425GMN Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: (54-11) 5777-4519
Fax:    (54-11) 5777-4203
Email: Liliana.Paz@trade.gov

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