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Chile to tap more effectively into Chinese demand for avocados

According to Chilean trade representatives, Chile looks forward to further entering the Chinese market for avocados as the fruit has gained increasing popularity in the huge Asian market.

As more Chinese consumers look for high-quality products with high nutritional power, "avocados from Chile have both components and it is because of this that in the past years we have been exporting avocados to China," said Francisco Contardo, executive director of Chile's Avocado Committee.

"(Chinese) consumers continue to prefer us as they become more knowledgeable about the product and become critical of quality," he said. "The Chinese market is a growing market for avocado consumption and (the product) has high potential."

Between 2009 and 2019, avocado export revenue went from 170.7 million U.S. dollars per year to 300.7 million dollars, according to a report from ProChile, the Chilean export and investment promotion agency. ProChile said that China is the main Asian buyer of Chilean avocados, and in 2019 the country accounted for 8.3 percent of the overall shipments.

In 2020, China continues to lead in imports, accounting for 8.8 percent of Chilean avocado sales, "opening the way to other important destinations on the continent," said ProChile in the report.


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