Mussel farming and processing. (Photo: Toralla/FIS)
Sharp rise of mussel exports
Thursday, December 15, 2011, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
Chile sent 63,254.9 tonnes of mussels (Mytilus chilensis) abroad between January and October this year, a 47.2 per cent increase compared with exports for the same period of 2010 (42,962.4 tonnes).
According to the data provided by InfoTrade to Aqua, in terms of value, during the first 10 months of this year mussel shipments abroad generated revenue of USD 167.9 million, that is to say, 74.1 per cent more than in the same period of 2010, when USD 96.4 million was obtained.
Blue Shell, Pesquera Trans Antarctic and Toralla were the three companies that registered the highest number of shipments abroad, with a total of 15,352.7 tonnes worth USD 49.3 million.
Further back was located the company St. Andrews Smoky Delicacies with 5,765.5 tonnes worth USD 13.4 million.
The firm SouthPacific Korp -- linked to Angelini group -- ranked fifth with 4,747 tonnes of mussels sent abroad for USD 12.4 million.
After the crisis in the Chilean mussel farming sector caused by the global economic downturn of 2008, the mussel has regained its place in the international market, especially in the European Union (EU), where Spain leads the ranking, followed by France and Italy.
The most widely sought presentation is that of frozen mussels, Aqua reported.
By Analia Murias