Freshness born in the extreme south, is enjoyed across the entire world. There are many routes which connect Chile to the world but one stands alone and tells a particular story, that of fresh produce. This connection to the world is born from the perfect combination of natural richness, traditional flavors and technology which allows great value on the production line as well as contributing to the conservation of biodiversity.
This international dialogue involves policy such as the successful campaign Foods from Chile, which is bringing the quality and freshness of produce from the Andean nation to the world. Among the exports are avocados, blueberries, raspberries and cherries, all traveling to the dining tables of the world, helping the distant become much closer.
With its roots in the far south of the Americas, Chilean grapes carry on the sacred tradition of the “Old World” and produce some of the globe’s best regarded wines. Chile enjoys a Mediterranean climate and wide variety of terroirs which have permitted the cultivation of many grapes previously overlooked in Europe such as Carignan and la País. Both of which have been grown to their full potential in the perfect conditions of the Andean nation’s vineyards. The purity of soils and the protection of natural boundaries has further helped protect the quality of produce in the country, something which helped the country secure the survival of grapes including Carménere which was previously considered extinct but is now a huge success in Chile and as an export to the world.
If the Andes mountains are the spine that hold up the figure of Chile, the sea forms the arms of the country, offering huge natural wealth through fish stocks and connecting the country to other nations. With around 4,000 miles of coastline and interior bodies of water, Chile is a huge producer of seafood with Salmon its star product. The high technology of the industry has also played an important part in improving quality and production, conserving nutrients in the cold of local waters which are fed from the Antarctica-hailing Humboldt current.
Other important exports include trout and oyster. Recently, production of sea bass has increased dramatically to meet growing international demand.
The richness of Chilean soil has given space to a wide variety of produce and allowed the country to satisfy the demands of many markets. Another case in point is dried fruits and nuts whose export development has been driven by competitive prices, the good local climate, dry fall season, high production processes and an effective alliance between the private and public sector which has allowed investment and broad market reach. Furthermore, other export opportunities are arising such as the Araucanía pine nut whose health benefits and great nutritional value are well known by the country’s indigenous Mapuche people and are now coming to world attention thanks to greater interest in so-called “super foods.”
From the land to the dining table, regardless of the distance in question. This is the offer presented by Chilean produce thanks to its many free trade agreements (FTAs), high production quality and a variety of climates, each instilling a unique flavor to the produce cultivated there. Chile, then, occupies a privileged position in terms of the dried fruit business. Its producers enable all the nutritional benefits to arrive intact to the final consumer in perfect condition and less than 10 days after being harvested. Peach, blueberries, avocados, raspberries, apples, cherries, all examples of natural produce in its pure state and all products which, thanks to development and investment, can be shipped to ever further destinations.