Between January and August of this year Chile shipped 49 million dollars in organic products to the European Union, a number that surpasses the US $ 42 million dollars in organic products that it exported to that destination throughout the whole last year.
The country presented this figures at the SIAL Paris Fair, which was held between October 21 and 25 and brings together the entire food industry and the latest trends in the world's food.
Chile has presented an organic pavilion in this fair for the first time, with 6 companies that manufacture freeze-dried maqui, juices, oats, condiments, and processed foods such, as fruit pulps and frozen berries. This pavilion responds to the growing demand of consumers of these products in the old continent and to importers by offering them a quality product that is recognized in the European Union.
"This innovation in the presentation of Chile in SIAL responds not only to a need of the country, but also to strengthen a sector that is becoming stronger day by day. This year the organic trade equivalence agreement with the European Union entered into force, where the block not only recognizes Chile as a commercial partner, but also as a safe producer with an international guarantee. In the January to August 2018 period, our organic exports to this market already exceed the total sent in 2017 and we still have 4 more months in the year. It is without a doubt a great advance for this sector and the exports of Chilean food," highlighted the director of ProChile, Jorge O'Ryan.
The country also had two other pavilions, one for the agricultural industry where 31 companies producing nuts, dehydrated and frozen fruits, among others, presented their offer; most of which is mainly sent to the European continent. The other pavilion was in the national hall, where ProChile, InvestChile, and the guilds representing dehydrated nuts and plums were present.
"This is the first time we have separated the Chilean pavilion into specialized sectors. We know that this will allow the companies that attend the fair to be right where the businesses are developed. We have great expectations for what this could help our industry achieve. In 2017 we exported more than US $ 15.7 billion and our industry is more and more recognized, not only for its quality, but also for the innovation and technology applied in its development," stated the director of ProChile.