The province of Mendoza's exports of manufactured goods of agricultural origin (MOA) had a positive result in 2020. Between January and November of last year, they increased by 24% over the same period of the previous year, amounting to 507 million kilos and 853 million dollars.
Exports of processed vegetables, in particular, had great growth in the 2019-2020 season, as they increased by 19% in volume, totaling 32 million kilos up until November 2020, and by 18% in value, amounting to 27 million dollars. Exports of pre-fried potatoes stood out, as they accounted for the biggest volume of processed vegetable exports.
According to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses of the Argentine Republic (INDEC), exports of pre-fried potatoes in 2019 totaled around 25 million kilos. In 2020 that figure rose to 31 million kilos, registering a 21% increase.
“Mendoza has great potential because of its agri-food industries and we seek to take advantage of it with the seven commercial platforms that we are installing in six countries. We want exports to be an opportunity for more Mendoza SMEs, so we seek to give continuity to these increases," said Enrique Vaquie, the Minister of Economy and Energy and current president of ProMendoza.
It is worth mentioning that Simplot, one of the most important companies in Argentina in the production of pre-fried frozen potatoes, settled in Mendoza two years ago, with the aim of supplying its product to all of Latin America. The company exports its potatoes to Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia, and Peru through Mendoza Customs. The company seeks to grow abroad and it's exporting much smaller volumes to more distant markets such as Mexico, the United States, Australia, Thailand, and China.