Food Industry

Chile is one the world's 5 Mediterranean climate macro-zones, offering excellent off-season production opportunities.

Friday, June 03, 2011  

With food industry exports over 12 billion dollars, Chile stands as a world class player in the sector. It has opened itself to the world having signed trade agreements with 57 nations and selling its products to more than 150 countries that represent 88% of the world GDP.

Chile's Competitive Advantages

- Chile is one the world's 5 Mediterranean climate macro-zones, offering excellent off-season production opportunities.
- Chile's has world-class, highly recognized phytosanitary conditions
- The country's long north-to-south extension, together with climate diversity between the different productive zones enables staggered harvests throughout the season, assuring an excellent quality fruit supply to different markets around the globe
- Chile's government supports entrepreneurs in all stages of production. Public funding and significant investment is available for technology transfers

Principal subsectors of the Food Industry

a. Fruit Agriculture
- Production of Avocados, Grapefruit, Citric Fruits, Cherries, Berries (Cranberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Marionberries), Nuts

b. Wine Industry
- Top-end wine cellars
- Pisco production

c. Grape Sub-products
- Elaboration of functional foods
- Elaboration of oil
- Elaboration of Balsamic Vinegar
- Elaboration of Vinegar

d. Olive Industry
- Olive plantations
- Olive oil processing mills

e. Meat and Diary Sub-products (in coordination with the inter-regional Los Lagos y Los Ríos Program)
- Milk production
- Cheese production
- Drying Plants
- Slaughter Plants
- Meat processing plants

f. Food Ancillary Industry
- Nurseries
- Fertilizers and growth-regulators
- Seed production
- Agriculture Technological Machinery
- Industrial Technological Machinery
- Packing/bottling/canning Machinery
- Agro-oriented development of Logistic and Software technology
- Vegetable Genetics Development
- Label and packaging production

g. Processed Foods & Beverages
- Elaboration of functional foods
- Elaboration of dehydrated foods
- Elaboration of Frozen foods
- Elaboration of Canned foods
- Elaboration of Pulp
- Elaboration of Juice
- Elaboration of Mineral Water
- Elaboration of Cereal
- Elaboration of Animal Food

h. Investment Opportunity in Biotechnology applied to the food industry
- Food Safeness
- Pathogen and Virus Diagnosis
- PCR for gene and/or pathogen identification
- Food quality certification
- Food composition analysis
- Origin identification through aroma characterization
- Wheat quality (for baking)
- Raw material quality for food processing
- Plant and vegetable material development
- Development of Genetically modified organisms, genetic improvement in quality and quantity of proteins, fat acids, Omega 3 - 6
- Post-Harvesting and fruit preservation
- Assisted selection
- Fruit variety sequencing and identification
- Processes and Technology
- Nutraceutical and nutritional compound fabrication
- Genetically modified vegetable species input material fabrication
- Quality improvement of animal origin products
- Nutritional profile improvement of meat, milk and cheese
- Quality improvement of human-consumption foods
- Development of annual crops with a high content of soluble fiber and nutrients

i. Aquaculture Ancillary Industry
- Production and supply of foods - new and more efficient food varieties and protein sources
I- nput production and supply - fish farming input products, cultivation center input production, refrigeration systems, packing
- Technology development - biotechnology y genetic laboratories, clean technologies, fish-farming technology, cultivation technology and processing technology
- Transportation services in the entire value chain - i.e., between hatcheries and cultivation centers, between cultivation centers and slaughter/processing centers
- Health and sanitary service providers - drugs and vaccinations, diagnosis laboratories, origin certification laboratories
- Services providers, such as legal, architectural and engineering services, civil works construction, site preparation and cage installation, among many others
- Greater infrastructure construction services providers in order to install or expand production/cultivation capacity
- Processing plant providers. One must take note that there are factors (such as electricity and labor availability) that must be dealt with in order to make these projects profitable