The market for food processing equipment and machinery grew from USD 64.5 million in 2010 to approximately USD 72 million in 2011.
Food Processing and Packaging
A Top Export Prospect for Chile
In USD millions 2010 2011
Total Market Size 64.5 71.8 81.3 89.1
Total Local Production 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.7
Total Exports 6.0 6.7 7.1 7.5
Total Imports 70.0 78.0 87.8 96.6
Imports from the U.S. 10.5 12.5 14.0 16.2
Exchange Rate: 1 USD 500 484 486 489
Total Market Size = (Total Local Production + Total Imports - Total Exports)
Total Local Production: Sofofa, Sociedad de Fomento Fabril; industry contacts
Export/Import figures: Chilean Customs; Central Bank; industry key contacts489
Chile is number 15 among the world's food suppliers. Projections place Chile among the top
ten countries in food exports by 2015, with annual exports expected to reach between USD 15
and USD 17 billion. Chile is a large producer of fish and seafood products, as well as wine,
dairy and meat products and by-products.
The Chilean food industry is the second largest export sector in the country, after copper.
Food exports have doubled in the last 10 years. During 2011, Chilean agricultural exports
accounted for 11% of the country's GDP, exporting approximately USD 1.5 billion of processed
fruits and vegetables, an increase of 25.2% over 2010. Main products in this group are raisins,
frozen raspberries, and dehydrated prunes. Two products that exemplify the country’s
potential for production and exports of agro-industrial products are frozen blueberry exports
(314% increase) and olive oil exports (98% increase).
The market for food processing equipment and machinery grew from USD 64.5 million in 2010
to approximately USD 72 million in 2011, representing roughly 12%, mainly due to private
industry expansion projects. Conservative projections estimate annual growth of about 10% -
12% for the next five years.
Chile’s mediterranean climate and favorable geography make it qualified to produce a wide
range of food products. In addition, the country is effectively a phyto-sanitary island which
together with strict government policies, maintain Chile free of most pests and diseases. A
major advantages as a southern hemisphere producer is the ability to do counter-season
exports to the northern hemisphere.
Top US ort h g 2 Exp Prospects in C ile 2012: Food Processing and Packa ing Machinery and Equipment
Sub-Sector Best Prospects
Chilean wine, salmon, trout, and fresh fruit are well recognized internationally, and even
though still growing, have reached maturity as sub-industries. The salmon industry suffered a
severe crisis, an outbreak of the ISA virus, but is well in the recovery stage. This represents
an opportunity for U.S. exporters of veterinary products as well as environment-friendly
equipment and supplies. Strong growth products include meats (beef, poultry, pork and
exotic meats), olive oil, aquaculture products (mussels, abalone, scallops, tilapia, oysters,
catfish, etc.), and dairy products.
Chile is moving from exporting raw material and commodities, to value added products, which
require more processing equipment as well as packaging equipment. The dairy industry
continues to grow its production and exports. However, this sub-sector uses mainly
machinery and equipment of European origin, especially from Denmark, Finland, Holland,
Spain and Germany.
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Good opportunities exist for the export to Chile of new technologies, food processing and
packaging machinery, and equipment that allow for improved quality, energy efficiency and
increased production. Chilean producers are constantly on the look for environmentally
friendly machinery, equipment and supplies to comply with requirements from destination
countries and importers (Japan, EU., U.S., etc.).
The two largest dairy companies, Nestle and Soprole, announced their intention to merge,
which would have an impact on the local market and provide additional requirements for
machinery and equipment.
The following trade shows provide an excellent opportunity to enter the Chilean market:
• Vinitech (wine industry trade show), July 2013, Santiago: www.vinitech.cl
• Agrotech (agriculture machinery and equipment trade fair), June, 2013, Santiago:
• FruitTrade (related to fruit production and exporting), October 8-9, 2012, Santiago:
• Pesca Sur (commercial fishing equipment trade fair), www.pesca-sur.cl
• Aqua Sur, (aquaculture fair), Oct. 10-13, 2012, Puerto Montt, Chile: www.aqua-sur.cl
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Top US rt 3 Expo Prospects in Chile 2012: Food Processing and Packaging Machinery and Equipment
• Chile Alimentos, Chilean Food Producers Association: www.chilealimentos.cl
• SalmonChile, Chilean Association of Salmon Industry: www.salmonchile.cl
• APA, Chilean Association of Poultry Producers: www.apa.cl
• ASPROCER, Chilean Association of Pork Producers: www.asprocer.cl
• Wines of Chile, Association of Wine Producers and Exporters: www.winesofchile.org
• Chileoliva, Chilean Association of Olive Oil Producers: www.chileoliva.cl
• Fedefruta, Chilean Association of Fresh Fruit Producers: www.fedefruta.cl
• ASOEX, Chilean Association of Fruit Exporters: www.asoex.cl
• Chilean Avocados Importers Association (Washington D.C.): www.chileanavocados.org
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For More Information
Please contact Mary Lou Lathrop, Commercial Specialist for food processing and packaging machinery and
equipment at the U.S. Commercial Service in Chile at Mary.Lathrop@trade.gov or (56) 2-330-3371. You can
also visit our website at www.export.gov/chile.
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