Food Processing Ingredients

An Expert's View about Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Argentina

Last updated: 19 Aug 2011

In CY 2010, Argentina’s imports of natural food ingredients were valued at $700 million. The main ingredients imported were those which are not manufactured locally or their production is not sufficient to supply the local industry.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Required Report - public distribution Date: 8/3/2011 GAIN Report Number: Argentina Food Processing Ingredients 2010 Approved By: Brooke Markley Prepared By: Martha Melgarejo/Maria Julia Balbi Report Highlights: In CY 2010, Argentina?s imports of natural food ingredients were valued at $700 million. The main ingredients imported were those which are not manufactured locally or their production is not sufficient to supply the local industry. There is a significant market for some U.S. food ingredients among local producers of ingredients, who use them to manufacture high- value, tailor-made food products. Post: Buenos Aires Author Defined: INTRODUCTION The Food and Beverage (F&B) industry is one of the main activities contributing to the Argentine economy, accounting for 33 percent of Argentina?s total exports. As a major grain and oilseed producer, Argentina plays a key role in the international trade scenario. Many of the food products manufactured in the country come from commodity production, and undergo further processing using basic raw materials, such as milk, and also other inputs with additional technological significance, such as edible oils. The F&B industry includes both national and multinational companies, and associations of representatives from various entities as well, which contribute to the production and distribution of high-quality foods in the domestic and foreign market. The following are the primary trends which are currently being followed by the local F&B industry: F&B companies are continuously launching new products through their Research and Development (R&D) departments. There are important investments in technology updates. Local production capacity is being used fully, which requires additional investments to supply the growing food demand. ?Health and Nutrition? is a very strong concept in F&B supply and demand. Greater interaction between the local industry and universities is being carried out, fostering innovations. SECTION I. MARKET SUMMARY Food ingredients of animal and vegetable origin used for the manufacturing of F&B may have a wide complexity, and their percentage in the product formulation may vary according to their functionality. The most simple ingredients used are corn starches, milk powder, egg albumin, soy protein, cocoa, and natural sweeteners substituting sucrose, such as fructose. Wheat and potato starches are not widely used. Consumption of herbs and herb extracts has increased significantly as a result of the beverage industry expansion. Spices have more specific applications, and their use has also grown following a gourmet trend in the preparation of home-made meals, and in restaurant menus and industry formulations as well. The largest volume of food ingredients of natural origin is used for the manufacturing of confectionery and bakery products, sauces and condiments, sweet and salty premixes, dairy by-products, and beverages. In addition, pet food producers also use these types of ingredients. Following an international trend, the F&B industry is constantly searching for new functional ingredients, which provide an additional benefit in terms of health and nutrition, such as phytosterols, Omega-3 fatty acids, fibers, and antioxidant compounds. In Calendar Year (CY) 2010, Argentina?s imports of natural food ingredients were valued at approximately $700 million. The main ingredients imported were those which are not produced locally or their production is not sufficient to supply the local industry, such as cocoa, pectins, protein concentrates and isolates, some spices, some food supplements, ginseng, tomato and tropical fruit concentrates, and modified starches, among others. There is local supply of milk powder, fructose, egg albumin, wheat starch, gelatin, lecithins, casein, fruit pulps, glucose, citrus essential oils, etc. The following data show interesting facts to better understand Argentina?s F&B industry: 1. According to private consultant OJF & Asociados, Argentina?s GDP in CY 2010, which was estimated through the General Index of Activity (IGA, in Spanish), increased by 6.4 percent compared to the previous year. 2. The Index of Industrial Production for January 2011 increased by 10.3 percent, compared to January 2010. Moreover, F&B production grew by 16.7 percent (food) and 6.3 percent (beverages). 3. The following is a list of products manufactured by the local F&B industry by volume: Type of Activity CY 2010 Sugar production (MT) (2) 1,900,000 Wine production (HL) (2) 16,250,000 Grape juice concentrate production (HL) (2) 3,500,000 Soybean oil production (MT) (2) 7,000,075 Sunflower oil production (MT) (2) 1,127,698 Bovine slaughter (HD) (1) 9.076.262 Pork slaughter (HD) (1) 3,226,525 Poultry slaughter (HD) (1) 610,032,000 Ovine slaughter (HD) (1) 1,310,985 Caprine slaughter (HD) (1) 212,921 Beer (HL) (2) 17,200,000 Milk (HL) (2) 7,000,000,000 Seafood products (2009) (MT) (2) 850,000 Sources: (1) Oncca (*) (2) Private estimate (*) Oficina Nacional de Control Comercial Agropecuario (National Office of Agricultural Commercial Control) 4. In December 2010, the use of industry installed capacity reached a record level of 85 percent, which makes it necessary to carry out investments to meet the growing demand of F&B. 5. Foreign Trade In CY 2010, Argentina?s exports totaled $22.6 billion (1.3 percent increase compared to the previous year), of which the F&B industry accounted for 33 percent. Imports destined for the F&B industry during CY 2010 reached approximately $1.4 billion, up 36 percent from CY 2009, as a result of an increase in imports of products which are not manufactured locally, such as coffee, cocoa, tropical fruit, and other more sophisticated products. Moreover, the local demand also increased, especially among consumers of higher purchasing power. The food categories which accounted for the largest food ingredient import share were as follows: Product Thousand $ % Beef 4,721 0.3 Pork meat 127,278 9.2 Poultry 18,927 1.4 Other meats 2,969 0.2 Fish, crustaceous and mollusks 38,801 2.9 Dairy pcts., eggs and honey 28,775 2.0 Vegetable pcts. and legumes 17,864 1.2 Edible fruits 181,984 13.3 Coffee, tea, yerba mate 88,413 6.0 Spices 17,919 1.3 Rice 5,133 0.3 Milling 13,000 0.9 Fats and oils 71,523 5.3 Meat and fish preparations 97,905 7.1 Sugar and confectionery pcts. 59,221 4.3 Chocolate 37,714 2.7 Cocoa, cocoa butter and powder 150,083 11.1 Bakery pcts., crackers, cookies, and pasta 35,174 2.5 Fruit and vegetable preparations 104,376 7.6 Various edible preparations 134,130 9.7 Beverages 88,142 6.3 Pellets and animal feed 60,753 4.4 Food imports TOTAL 1,379,805 100 Source: Boletín Económico Nº 9 Enero 2011 ? COPAL (Economic Bulletin No. 9 January 2011 ? COPAL) Imports by Country of Origin Food ingredient imports come primarily from Mercosur countries, as reported by a publication of the Center of International Economy in April 2010. MERCOSUR 33% EU 17% NAFTA 16% CHINA 12% REST of ALADI 1% ASIA 3% Other 18% Source: Report by Centro de Economia Internacional ? CEI (Center of International Economy) ? CEI Magazine No. 17 ? April 2010 6. F&B Industry Facts Significant technological level in food processing facilities, both for commodities and more sophisticated products. Implementation of updated quality and safety systems, even in smaller operations. Important infrastructure for storage, distribution, and logistics. Strong share of exports in total sales. High technical level both in the R&D, and Quality Control Areas. Need for expanding foreign markets with differentiated products. 7. Strengths and Opportunities versus Weaknesses and Threats The following are the main strengths/opportunities as opposed to weaknesses/threats for U.S. food ingredients in Argentina: Strengths Weaknesses Wide variety of high-value food ingredients and specific High production costs in formulated foods. use for each food application. More competitive ingredients than European pcts. due to Competition from Brazil, with lower-cost pcts. the relative high value of the euro against the dollar. Local expansion of higher-value food exports (bakery, following confectionery pcts.) will demand higher volum New local food developmentses of market trends. imported food ingredients. Wide variety of concentrated juices and herb extracts for Local competition, and competition from Brazil drinks (the market for these types of pcts. continues to and other markets which produce tropical expand in Argentina.) ingredients. Wide supply of functional ingredients, and good technical Argentina produces basic food ingredients, service from U.S. suppliers with lower costs than those for imported pcts. Updated and dynamic food legislation contributes to the use of food ingredients (health claims). SECTION II. ROAD MAP FOR MARKET ENTRY A. Entry Strategy There are various ways to introduce food ingredients into the local market depending on the profile of the company and the food ingredient involved. The following are a few recommendations to consider: The presentation of the product to the food processing company may be done directly or through a distributor and/or representative. There are a few local and/or regional distributors who are very well known in the F&B industry. Another option is through a joint-venture. It is necessary to identify the sector/s of the company where it is more convenient to present the food ingredient offered. This is extremely important for the product to be evaluated by the appropriate professionals. Larger companies usually have a R&D Division, which interacts actively with the Marketing Division, especially if the ingredient is a novelty product. Other smaller companies receive proposals of new ingredients through their Purchasing Division. Besides presenting the product to the industry, it can be simultaneously promoted in specialized magazines (focused on food, nutrition and health), at technical events (seminars, conferences, etc.), and/or trade shows. Professionals with a high technical expertise usually attend these events. B. Market Structure The flow chart below shows the various steps that a U.S. food ingredient follows until it is incorporated into a food product: There is a significant market for some U.S. food ingredients among local producers of ingredients, who use them to manufacture high-value, tailor-made food products through mixes and combinations of various inputs. This system is very useful for both large and medium/small-sized companies. C. Company Profiles The following are some of the main F&B companies in Argentina: Sales Processing Plant Company End-Use Procurement Thousand Location/No. of plants (Product Types) Channels Channels $ (in Argentina) Aceitera General Deheza (edible Retail and San Luis (1) Direct oils, mayonnaise, soy milk, 2,000,000 HRI Córdoba (3) Importers peanuts) Buenos Aires (7) Molinos Río de la Plata (edible oils, Retail and San Luis (1) Direct rice, pasta, premixes, margarine, 2,008,823 HRI Santa Fe (2) Importers frozen foods, meats) Chaco (1) Cordoba SanCor Cooperativa Ltda. Retail and Buenos Aires Direct 750,000 (Milk, yoghurt, butter, cheese) HRI Santa Fe Importers (18) Buenos Aires (4) Mastellone (Milk, butter, yoghurt, Retail and Direct 841,291 San Luis (1) cheese) HRI Importers Córdoba (1) Cordoba Tucuman Mendoza Buenos Aires Arcor (confectionery pcts., bakery Entre Rios Retail and Direct pcts., canned vegetables, jams, 2,200,000 San Juan HRI Importers chocolate bars, premixes) Catamarca San Luis Santa Fe (27) Molinos Morixe (wheat flour, Retail and Direct 19,610 Buenos Aires (2) premixes) HRI Importers Quickfood (chilled/frozen/ cooked 388,000 Retail and Bs. As (3) Direct beef, beef patties) HRI Santa Fe (1) Importers San Luis (1) Retail and Direct Molinos Fénix (wheat flour) 25,172 Cordoba (3) HRI Importers Molinos Semino (wheat flour, Retail and Direct 29,172 Santa Fe (2) gluten, starch) HRI Importers Compañia de Alimentos Fargo Retail and Direct Buenos Aires (2) (cookies, crakers, 3,750 bread) HRI Importers Alvarez Hnos. (spices, seasonings, Retail and Direct 6,250 Buenos Aires (1) dehydrated vegetables) HRI Importers Calsa - Grupo AB Mauri Retail and Buenos Aires (2) Direct (margarine, vegetables, animal 65,000 HRI Tucuman (1) Importers fats, bakery pcts.) Retail and Cordoba (1) Direct Orieta (solid jams, preserves) 10,000 HRI Buenos Aires (1) Importers Santa Fe (1) Compañía Industrial Cervecera Retail and Direct 240,000 Buenos Aires (1) (beer) HRI Importers Salta (1) Cepas Argentinas (non-alcoholic Retail and Buenos Aires (2) Direct and alcoholic beverages, grape 17,500 HRI Mendoza (1) Importers juice concentrate, herbal extracts) Source: Comisión Nacional de Valores (National Securities Commission and data from private companies) D. Main Argentine F&B Companies by Product-Type DAIRY PRODUCTS COMPANY Main Activity Location in Provinces SanCor Cooperativa , Buenos Butter, milk, powder m Santa Fe, Córdobailk, cheese, cream, yoghurt Ltda. Aires M Butter, milk, powder milk, cheese, cream, astellone Hnos. yoghurt, Buenos Aires, San Luis (Grupo Danone) desserts Nestlé Argentina Powder milk, concentrated milk, baby milk, Córdoba, Santa Fe, Buenos S.A. fortified milk, ice cream Aires Molfino Milk, cheese, cream Córdoba, Santa Fe La Salamandra Craft dairy products Buenos Aires Williner Milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt Santa Fe Kasdorf Baby food, nutritional specialties Buenos Aires Lacteos Conosur Milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt, powder milk Buenos Aires M Milk, butter, cheese, yoghurt, whey protein, milk Santa Fe, Buenos Aires, San ilkaut protein Luis, La Rioja SNACK FOODS (FLAVORED AND SWEET SNACKS AND NUTS) Pepsico Elaboradora Flavored snacks, oat/potato/carrot flakes, cereal bars, paté de Argentina de Cereales Buenos Aires fois SRL Buenos Georgalos Hnos. Confectionery peanuts and almonds, cereal bars, nougats Aires, Córdoba Golden Peanut Peanuts, confectionery peanuts Córdoba Argentina S.A. Olega S.A.C.I.I.A. y F. Peanuts Córdoba Cotagro Coop. Peanuts, peanut by-products, seeds Córdoba Agropecuaria Ltda. Gastaldi Hnos. Peanuts, wheat flour and by-products Córdoba Nutrasun Sunflower seed Buenos Aires La Delicia Felipe Fort S.A Chocolate bars, cereal/fruit bars Buenos Aires Cereal and granola bars, corn flakes, frosted flakes, extruded Buenos Laso S.A. wheat bran/oat/chocolate/ fruit, puffed cereals/cookies, potato Aires, chips, fried sweet potatoes Chubut Snack Crops S.A. (Sunny Popcorn, s Crops) Confectionary sunflowe Buenos Airer FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PREPARATIONS, OTHER OILSEED PRODUCTS (SAUCES, OILS), AND OTHER FROZEN, CANNED AND DRIED PRODUCTS Farm Frites Frozen French fries Buenos Aires McCain Argentina S.A. Frozen French fries Buenos Aires Molinos Río de la Plata Frozen vegetables Buenos Aires Benvenuto S.A.C.I. (Grupo Jams, preserved fruits and vegetables, legumes, fruit Mendoza, Buenos Arcor) pulp concentrate, tomato paste, sauces, preserved fish Aires, Río Negro M Dehydrated vegetables, fruit pulp concentrate, canned olto Mendoza, San Juan fruits/vegetables Canaille ? Redcap Canned fruits/tomatoes/vegetables, jams, marm Mendoza, Buenos alades Aires Industrias Alimenticias Mendoza, Buenos M Canned fruits/vegetables endocinas(ALCO) Aires, Catamarca Orieta Goy Widmer y Cía. Jams, solid jams, confectionery pcts. Córdoba S.A. Buenos Aires, San Dánica S.A. Margarine, mayonnaise, sauces, bakery pcts. Luis Buenos Aires, La Bestfoods (Unilever) Ketchup, mayonnaises, golf sauce, mustard Rioja Mendoza, San Luis, Arcor Canned fruits/vegetables, mayonnaise, sauces La Rioja CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTS Buenos Aires, Arcor Candy, chocolate bars, alfajores Córdoba Candy, chewing gum, chocolate bars, alfajores, cereal Cadbury Stani (Adams) Buenos Aires bars Nestlé Candy, alfajores, chocolates Buenos Aires Bombonería Elite S.A Chocolate bars, candy Buenos Aires Kraft Foods Argentina Chocolate bars, alfajores , candy, Buenos Aires S.A La Delicia Felipe Fort S.A Candy, cereal bars, chocolate bars Buenos Aires Lheritier Argentina S.A Candy, nougats, cereals bars Buenos Aires Productos Lipo S.A Candy Buenos Aires Fortunato Arrufat Candy, chocolate bars, nougats, alfajores Buenos Aires BAKERY PRODUCTS Arcor/Bagley Crackers, cookies Buenos Aires, Córdoba Kraft Foods Argentina S.A. Crackers, biscuits Buenos Aires La Salteña Bread, fresh dough Buenos Aires Bimbo Argentina Bread, puddings, cakes Buenos Aires Fargo Bread, cakes Buenos Aires Granix Cookies, crackers, breaders, cereal bars Buenos Aires BEVERAGES (INCLUDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES) Cepas Argentinas Herb beverages, liqueurs San Luis, Buenos Aires Win ndoza, San Juan, Salta, Catamarca, La eries (Various) Wine, including sparkling w Meine Rioja, Río Negro Quilmes, Budweiser, Beer Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Córdoba Heineken Coca Cola Carbonated drinks, flavored Buenos Aires beverages Carbonated drinks, flavored Pepsi Cola beverages Grupo Danone Mineral water, flavored waters Buenos Aires, Mendoza DRY FOODS AND CONDIMENTS (CANNED SOUPS, DRY MIXES, DRY PASTA, SEASONINGS, PET FOOD) Kraft Foods Argentina Dry cake/jelly/pudding mixes, dry pasta Buenos Aires Bestfoods (Unilever) Dry soup mixes, boullion cubes, powder seasonings Buenos Aires M Dry pasta, dry cake/jelly/pudding mixes, ice cream, cheese Buenos Aires, San olinos Río de la Plata bread, soy patties Luis Nestlé Pet food Buenos Aires Masterfoods Argentina Pet food Buenos Aires Ltda. Buenos Aires, La Virginia (Alicante) Spices, seasonings, dry sauces, dry soup mixes, herbs Santa Fe Entre Rios, San Sagemuller Pet food Luis CONSUMER-READY FOODS (MIXED "READY-TO-EAT" AND "READY-TO-HEAT" RETAIL AND FOOD SERVICE PRODUCTS) Industrias Alimenticias Pizza Buenos Aires Argentinas Molinos Río de la Plata Frozen meals Buenos Aires Bestfoods (Unilever) Soups Buenos Aires Compañía de Alimentos Frozen precooked bakery pcts. Buenos Aires Fargo M Frozen pizzas, frozen mashed potatoes, pre-fried potato Buenos Aires, cCain chips, frozen vegetables/sweet potatoes San Luis SEAFOOD PRODUCTS Moscuzza Shrimp, hubbsi hake, squid, mackerel, king clip, sea salmon Buenos Aires Cabo Vírgenes Shrimp Chubut El Marisco Shrimp, hubbsi hake, squid, mackerel, king clip, sea salmon Buenos Aires Puerto Mellino Canned seafood Buenos Aires Frio Sur Seafood, salmon, hake, king clip Buenos Aires SPECIALTY FOOD INGREDIENTS (ADDITIVES, PRESERVATIVES, THICKENERS, SWEETENERS) The following are local food ingredient companies which concentrate the largest demand for imported food ingredients: Thickeners, sweeteners, flavors, stabilizers, emulsifiers, www.saporiti.com.ar Saporiti Hnos. colors, preservatives, cacao, functional ingredients, www.gruposaporiti.com vitamins, omega-3 Thickeners, sweeteners, flavors, stabilizers, emulsifiers, Gelfix www.gelfix.com colors, vitamins, preservatives, cocoa, dried fruits Emulsifiers, antioxidants, stabilizers, hydrocolloids, Granotec preservatives, sweeteners, proteins, enzymes, www.granotec.com Alimentos functional ingredients Stabilizers, emulsifiers, flavors, salts for meat pcts., soy Farmesa www.farmesa.com.ar protein, natural colors Stabilizers, emulsifiers, preservatives, cocoa, starches, El Bahiense wheat www.elbahiense.com gluten, dextrins O.V. Especias Functional ingredients, emulsifiers, condiments, www.ovespecias.com.ar seasonings, spices Adama Food Lactic acid, enzymes, lactates, milk/whey/soy proteins, ww.adamasa.com Ingredients powder wfats Functional ingredients, preservatives, emulsifiers, Cordis proteins, cocoa, modified starches, stabilizers, soy www.cordis.com.ar isolates Spices, tailor-made seasonings, functional ingredients, Alcala_general@ciudad.com.ar Alvarez Hnos. soy protein concentrate Vegetable concentrates for beverages and soft drink Siviar www.siviar.com.ar emulsions Taxonera Food ingredients for bakery pcts., ice cream and www.taxonera.com S.C.A. pastries Ingredients for food fortification, vitamins, Omega-3, Nutralia www.nutralia.net prebiotics Biotec Stabilizers, emulsifiers, and tailor-made food ingredients www.biotecsa.com.ar Tradecos Fruit juices www.tradecos.com.ar FNA S.R.L. Sweeteners, emulsifiers, thickeners www.fnaquimicos.com.ar PM Productos Prebiotic fibers, beta glucans, isoflavonas, modified www.pdm.com.ar de Maíz starches Powder cheese, whipping agents, dairy proteins, Coimpex www.coimpex.com.ar nutritional ingredients Powder meat, powder butter, whipping agents, whey, Espro s.a www.esprosa.com.ar powder vegetable fats Indunovo S. A. Oleoresins from tomato/onion/pepper/rosemary www.indunovo.com.ar Soriano S. A. Seaweed, seaweed flour, agar-agar www.soriano-sa.com.ar Pampa Trade Special dehydrated food , honey, yoghurt, cream, www.pampatrade-sa.com S.A. cheese E. Sector Trends Argentina is a primary food producing country. Its vast extension, various climates, and diverse geography with large maritime and fluvial areas, allow it to produce a wide variety of food products, of which many are exported throughout the world. Basic Foods Argentina produces the following foods with little or no processing: Of vegetable origin: grains and oilseeds in large volumes (large oil processing capacity), and fruits, vegetables, aromatic herbs, dried fruits, spices, and olives, among others. Of animal origin: primarily, bovine meat, and poultry. Also, lamb, and pork and goat meat. In addition, some specialty products among which there is an increasing international demand for gourmet markets, such as snail, frog, iguana, and llama meat; and also sea products, such as hake, squid, tuna fish, and spider crab. These two groups of food products follow the trends listed below: Specialized products (name of origin) Safe products, produced under traceability standards Organic foods (olive oil, herbs, wine, tea, yerba mate, etc.) Regional products (Andean potatoes, amaranth, chia, quinoa, etc.) Processed Foods The following trends have been observed in the processed food sector: Functional products Sugar-free products, or with a low content of sugar (sacarose) Low-fat/calorie foods Convenience foods Frozen foods Fortified foods, with added minerals and vitamins. Overall Trends in the Argentine F&B Industry With a population of 41 million people, Argentina?s primary food production is significant and profitability is closely related to large volumes. The expansion of the local F&B industry has focused on increasing exports and competitiveness in foreign markets, and in the development of novelty products. The following are the main trends observed under this scenario: Consolidation of smaller companies, especially in the interior of the country, which manufacture smaller volumes of regional specialty foods with a higher value-added, such as preserves, marmalades, dried fruit, olive oil, and pickles. Many of these operations have created the Wine Road, the Yerba Mate Road, the Olive Road, and trade shows such as Expolivo. Production of organic products in response to an increased demand from foreign markets with a high purchasing power. Expansion of functional foods, such as milk containing imported ingredients such as fiber, Omega 3, and phytochemicals. Larger demand of sodium chloride substitutes to provide a more agreeable taste to foods, without causing health problems. Foods enriched with calcium. Beverage diversification through the incorporation to the market of flavored drinks, such as flavored waters and waters with herb extracts, which have gained market share in detriment of traditional carbonated drinks. Wider supply of craft beers, and increased consumption of traditional beers. High-quality wines and sparkling wines have a strong presence and prestige in foreign markets, primarily the Malbec, Syrah, and Merlot varieties, as well as the Torrontes variety. The local dairy industry is continuously launching novelty by-products, such as cheeses and yoghurts, both for the domestic and international market. Herb teas have expanded as a healthy drink option. Raw materials for herb teas are both local and imported. There is an increasing demand of commodities, such as oils, grains, meats, dairy products, which are used in the manufacturing of foods for the export market. The F&B industry focuses on the production of basic foods in order to obtain higher margins, which urges them to continuously demand ingredients that they do not currently produce and will not produce in the near future due to a relatively small scale of production (eg.: non-nutritional sweeteners, special thickeners and stabilizers, and nutritional ingredients). A few companies have expanded in other countries, especially in South America, through the installation of industrial plants. Bakery products, dry pasta, rice, and canned foods have expanded significantly and novelty products are being launched on a regular basis. SECTION III. COMPETITION Basic ingredients used in the F&B industry are primarily produced locally while more sophisticated ingredients demanded for tailor-made food products are imported. Primary imported food ingredients are: modified starches, thickeners, stabilizers, sweeteners, cocoa, and fibers. The main suppliers are: the U.S., the EU, and Brazil. Large multinational food ingredient companies have established in Brazil to supply the South American market. Ingredients imported from the EU are less competitive due to the relatively high value of the euro against the dollar. SECTION IV. BEST PRODUCT PROSPECTS The best opportunities for suppliers of food ingredients are among those F&B manufacturing companies that offer high-value and novelty products to the consumer. The industry sub-sectors with a higher demand for these types of products are as follows: Bakery products Confectionery products Condiments, seasonings, and spices Dairy products Non-alcoholic beverage products Snack foods Dry products Consumer-ready meals Sauces, like mayonnaise (salad dressings are not consumed locally). SECTION V. USEFUL WEBSITES www.cipa.org.ar Cámara de Industriales de Productos Alimenticios - Food Producer Association. www.copal.com.ar Coordinadora de las Industrias de Productos Alimenticios - Private Coordinating Agency of Food Producers. www.caicha.org.ar Cámara Argentina de la Industria de Chacinados - Pork Industry Association. www.cil.org.ar Centro de la Industria Lechera Argentina - Dairy Industry Center. www.cafagda.com.ar Cámara de Fructosa, Almidones, Glucosas, Derivados y Afines - Association of Fructose, Starch, Glucose, and By-Products. www.cnv.gov.ar Comisión Nacional de Valores - National Securities Commission. www.minagri.gob.ar Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca ? Ministry ofAgriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries. www.alimentosargentinos.gob.ar Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería, Pesca y Alimentos, Dirección de Alimentos ? Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries, Food Division. www.oncca.gob.ar Oficina Nacional de Control Comercial Agropecuario - National Office of Agricultural Commercial Control. www.ipcva.com.ar Instituto de Promoción de la Carne Vacuna ? Beef Promotion Institute. www.indec.gov.ar Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censo ? National Institute of Statistics and Census. www.cei.gov.ar Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Centro de Estudios Internacionales ? Ministry of Foreign Relations, Center of International Studies. www.ojf.com Consultora Orlando J. Ferreres & Asociados S.A., Centro de Estudios Económicos ? Consulting Company Orlando J. Ferreres & Asociados S.A., Center of Economic Studies. SECTION VI. POST CONTACT INFORMATION Office of Agricultural Affairs U.S. Embassy, Buenos Aires Avda. Colombia 4300 C1425GMN Buenos Aires, Argentina Phone: 54-11-5777-4627 Fax: 54-11-5777-4216 E-mail: agbuenosaires@fas.usda.gov Homepage: http://www.fas.usda.gov
Posted: 19 August 2011, last updated 19 August 2011

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