NEW YORK, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chile has comparative and competitive advantages that allow it to produce food whose quality stands out from its competitors. The supply produced in Chile has achieved remarkable recognition according to the latest Global Food Security Index 2013 prepared by The Economist Intelligence Unit, which placed the country as the leader in Latin America. In this context, eight enterprises arrived yesterday in New York to represent the Chilean food industry at "Summer Fancy Food Show".
Olive oil and wines will be some of the products that will compete to win over the palates of the American audiences at the fair. "Chile has emerged as one of the most important stakeholders in the food industry worldwide, hoping to be among the top 10 exporters in this sector by 2020 and also to establish itself as one of the few countries in the world where food sector has a high share of GDP," said Pedro Pablo Aresti, Trade Commissioner of Chile in New York.
"Foods from Chile"
In the last years, Chile has realized promotional campaigns to promote the quality of its food supply, such as "Foods from Chile," which intended to position Chilean salmon, olive oil and fresh fruit, among other products, to the final consumer in the United States. "This appeared as an opportunity to boost food export supply from Chile to a market that has reached high levels of penetration in fresh and processed products" says Aresti.
Chile & USA FTA
In January 2014 the FTA between Chile and the United States turned ten years in force. Excellent bilateral relationship has been reflected in the ongoing work of implementation and modernization of the treaty, to adapt to the realities and needs of the commercial relationship between the two countries.
In 2013, Chilean exports of food and beverages to the world totaled USD 15,233 million, of which USD 3,653 million went to the United States, ranking as the leading destination of shipments of the sector. During that period, Chilean exports to the United States totaled USD 9,731 million, a 2% increase compared to 2012 (USD 9,554 million).
Maria Elena Varas
ProChile New York