Fast facts About the Chilean Food Industry & Specialty Food Exports

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  • Exceptionally fertile soils and pristine waters are in large part the result of Chile’s natural geographical remoteness—the country has natural barriers that protect it from the diseases and parasites common to most other agricultural areas. Chile is considered one of the world’s naturally cleanest environments for food production. Chile’s diverse climates enable food production throughout the country. In the north, the desert provides habitat for goats, and tropical conditions for carica; the central Mediterranean climate is ideal for produce, olives and wines; the region to the south provides a habitat for dairy and salmon; Patagonia provides excellent conditions for meat production; and the cold Pacific waters are home to high-quality seafood.
  • Chile’s agricultural statistics tell a story of dramatic growth:
    • Chile’s food industry, which includes fruit, salmon, wine, processed foods, meats, and seafood products, is one of the most dynamic sectors of the Chilean economy. It represents around 24% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and it is the second most important exporting sector.
    • The Chilean food industry employs more than 1 million people, representing around 20% of the country’s workforce. It is expected that by the year 2030, the GDP generated by the food sector will account for more than 35% of Chile’s GDP and 1 out of 3 workers will have jobs within the sector.
    • Chile is ranked 17th amongst the world’s leading food exporting countries. Its food exports have grown at an average annual rate of approximately 10% over the past 10 years, making it the world’s fastest growing food exporter. If this rate of growth continues, by 2010, Chile will be among the top ten food exporters in the world.
    • Chile supplies more than 150 countries around the globe with fresh and processed foods and beverages.

Food Purity, Wholesomeness & Service

Worldwide, consumers prize Chile’s food products for their purity and wholesomeness, the result of Chile’s state-of-the-art farming techniques and uniquely isolated, diverse geography.