In only nine months, salmon exports have already exceeded the revenue collected in the whole 2010. (Photo: Los Fiordos/FIS)
Salmon exports close to matching a historic record
Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 15:40 (GMT + 9)
Between January and September 2011, salmon exports generated USD 2,058.7 million in revenue, a slightly higher figure than that of the whole year 2010, when they totalled USD 2,058.6 million.
In 2008, the year when a historic record was registered, total shipments generated USD 2,392 million, according to a report issued by InfoTrade for Aqua. So if the trend for this year is kept in the past three months, 2011 would close a value similar to that of the peak.
In the first nine months of the year, Empresas AquaChile remained as the largest salmon exporter in the country, followed by Multiexport Foods and by Mainstream Chile, among others.
AquaChile companies, which groups AquaChile, Salmones Chiloé, Salmones Maullín and Aguas Claras, recorded sales for USD 207,6 million in the first nine months of the year, that is to say, 36,5 per cent over the same period of 2010, when USD 152 million was obtained.
Last April, the company resumed its Atlantic salmon production and last May it opened in the stock, obtaining more than USD 373 million.
Second was Multiexport Foods, with sales for USD 181.1 million (with an average price of USD 9.72 per kilogram) and further back, followed by Mainstream with sales for USD 160.9 million (USD 6.78/kg) .
The fourth place was for Los Fiordos with 22,142.9 tonnes worth USD 150.9 million, while in the fifth position ranked Salmones Antarctica with 14,183.2 tonnes worth USD 117.4 million.
And Australis SA was sixth with 13,999.5 tonnes worth USD 113.8 million.
Finally, by comparing both periods the average price reached by Chilean salmon in the different markets raised 14.7 per cent, from USD 7.88 to USD 6.87.
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member Exportadora Los Fiordos Ltda.