Increase of salmon exports to Brazil. (Photo: SalmonChile/Stock File/FIS)
Salmon export record to Brazilian market
Friday, July 01, 2011, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
Between January and April 2011, Chile exported aquaculture and fishery products to Brazil for USD 111.6 million, of which USD 103.2 million correspond to salmon, that is to say, 92.4 per cent of the total.
According to the general manager of the Association of Salmon Industry in Chile AG (SalmonChile), Carlos Odebret, "for the Chilean salmon, this is a market that will continue growing smoothly at rates of 10 per cent per annum."
"There is still a lot to do so as to advance and offer greater value to domestic products, taking into account the increasing per capita income exhibited by Brazilians," the official told Aqua.
The returns on the shipment of Chilean salmon to the Brazilian market in the first four months show an increase of 27.7 per cent over the same period in 2010, when USD 80.8 million were obtained.
Meanwhile, in terms of volume, InfoTrade said that Brazil was the third largest market with 14,500 tonnes, exceeding the European Union (EU).
The first place was occupied by Japan with 77,953 tonnes and the second one by the United States, with 18,041 tonnes.
Between January and April 2011, fresh-chilled products accounted for more than 70 per cent share, with 10,241 tonnes worth USD 76.3 million, while the frozen products totalled 4,207 tonnes for USD 26 million.
Among the salmon varieties, the species most in demand were the Atlantic salmon with 9,954 tonnes shipped and returns for USD 76 million; the trout with 2,303 tonnes worth USD 14.5 million; and coho salmon with 2,241 tonnes for USD 12, 6 million.
Among the exporters, the highlighted ones were Mainstream with 3,492 tonnes exported for USD 22.4 million. After that, Multiexport was placed with 2,725 tonnes worth USD 20.7 million; and Los Fiordos with 1,821 tonnes worth USD 13.7 million.
Economy Minister Juan Andrés Fontaine also stressed the importance of the Brazilian market for exports from Chile.
"In 2010, 7.5 per cent of aquaculture shipments were destined to that country, representing an increase of 31 per cent compared to last year and opening up vast prospects for the sector. We are therefore interested in settling a Collaboration Memorandum between the two countries," he said.
Before leaving, SalmonChile president César Barros said that one of the main goals the union had set for this year was to develop an advertising campaign to promote domestic salmon consumption in Brazil.
"SalmonChile is coordinating a program of the companies in conjunction with the Government to make an image campaign of the Chilean salmon in Brazil, which is an important market, considering that it is much closer than those markets that were common to us. Eventually, a similar situation is expected in the United States," declared the leader in April.
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By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SalmonChile - Asociación de la Industria del Salmón A.G