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Food Processing and Packaging

Chile is number 15 among the world's food suppliers. Projections place Chile among the top ten countries in food exports by 2015, with annual exports expected to reach

between USD 15 and USD 17 billion. Chile is a large producer of fish and seafood products, as well as wine, dairy and meat products and by-products.

The Chilean food industry is the second largest export sector in the country, after copper. Food exports have doubled in the last 10 years. During 2011, Chilean agricultural exports accounted for 11% of the country's GDP, exporting approximately USD 1.5 billion of processed fruits and vegetables, an increase of 25.2% over 2010. Main products in this group are raisins, frozen raspberries, and dehydrated prunes. Two products that exemplify the country’s potential for production and exports of agro- industrial products are frozen blueberry exports (314% increase) and olive oil exports (98% increase).

The market for food processing equipment and machinery grew from USD 64.5 million in

2010 to approximately USD 72 million in 2011, representing roughly 12%, mainly due to private industry expansion projects. Conservative projections estimate annual growth of about 10% - 12% for the next five years.

Chile’s Mediterranean climate and favorable geography make it qualified to produce a wide range of food products. In addition, the country is effectively a phyto-sanitary island which together with strict government policies, maintain Chile free of most pests and diseases. A major advantages as a southern hemisphere producer is the ability to do counter-season exports to the northern hemisphere.

Opportunities

Good opportunities exist for the export to Chile of new technologies, food processing and packaging machinery, and equipment that allow for improved quality, energy efficiency and increased production. Chilean producers are constantly on the look for environmentally friendly machinery, equipment and supplies to comply with requirements from destination countries and importers (Japan, EU., U.S., etc.).

The two largest dairy companies, Nestle and Soprole, announced their intention to merge, which would have an impact on the local market and provide additional requirements for machinery and equipment.

The following trade shows provide an excellent opportunity to enter the Chilean market:

  • Vinitech (wine industry trade show), July 2013, Santiago: www.vinitech.cl
  • Agrotech (agriculture machinery and equipment trade fair), June, 2013, Santiago:

www.agrotech.cl

  • Pesca Sur (commercial fishing equipment trade fair), www.pesca-sur.cl
  • Aqua Sur, (aquaculture fair), Oct. 10-13, 2012, Puerto Montt, Chile: www.aqua- sur.cl
  • Fruit Trade (related to fruit production and exporting), Oct. 8-9, 2012, Santiago: www.fedefruta.cl