Fast facts About the Chilean Food Industry & Specialty Food Exports

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Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

The mild, Mediterranean-style climate of Chile’s central region is ideal for growing fine-quality fruits and vegetables, both traditional as well as exotic varieties, which the country exports to 70 markets.

Because of Chile’s location in the southern hemisphere, it produces and supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to the main consumer markets in the northern hemisphere during those countries’ winter months.

Processed & Specialty Foods

Based on the range of high quality and fresh products available, Chile has naturally become an outstanding producer of processed fruit and vegetables and specialty foods, including:

  • olive oils
  • avocado oils
  • dried fruits
  • fruit preserves
  • fruit and vegetable pastes
  • raisins 
  • frozen berries
  • fruit juice concentrates
  • vinegars
  • dairy products
  • spices
  • preserved seafood
  • organic herbal teas

Processed foods from Chile are increasingly being recognized in international food competitions.

Chile is a trusted provider of processed food products for demanding international markets in America and Europe.

Chilean Meat & Poultry

Chile’s protective natural barriers of ocean, high mountains, desert, and glaciers have also protected its meat (pork, lamb, and beef) and poultry industries from the parasites and diseases common to most other countries. For example, Chile has never experienced any known cases of avian flu or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease. In addition, Chile is free from all animal diseases registered on List A of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Chile maintains the very highest standards of sanitation and the most advanced and humane techniques for raising livestock and poultry.

Chile maintains best practices in order to guarantee livestock and poultry health and food safety, as well as workers’ safety and environmental sustainability.

Chile produces only all natural free-range beef. Grass fed beef has about the same fat content as skinless chicken and has been shown to be higher in heart friendly Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Beta-Carotene and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)