The Peruvian company Verdeflor SAC, which provides maquila services to national and foreign avocado agro-exporters, sending fruit to Europe, China, the United States, Korea, Russia, Chile, and Argentina, has opted to diversify its portfolio by starting to process citrus, blueberries, and - at the end of the year - grapes, stated the company's general manager, Eric D'Angles.
"To achieve this, we have installed in our plant in Huaral (Lima) a processing line for citrus fruits, such as mandarin and tangelo, that has the capacity to process 20 tons per hour. We also increased this plant's storage capacity by 66% to 500 tons. We have two processing lines for blueberries, one at the plant in Huaral, and the other one in Ica," he stated. The plant in Ica has the capacity to store 200 tons of grapes.
This year, the company has doubled the number of clients of their avocado maquila service, reaching 30. "The international demand for avocado has grown despite the coronavirus, especially in the supermarket channel, which offset the initial reduction of this fruit in hotels and restaurants. That is why this year we are going process about 500 containers of avocado, twice as much as we did in 2019," he said.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company is evaluating if it should open its third plant in the Majes Valley in Arequipa, which had been announced for this year, Eric D'Angles added.
Verdeflor SAC not only processes fruits for export, as it also has its own avocado crops, which were already harvested this year. The company has already planted about 100 hectares, and in the next four years, they plan to reach 500 hectares. So far this year they have already managed to export about 40 tons of their own avocado production.
Source: gestion.pe / agraria.pe