Frozen mussels. (Photo: Stock File)
Strong export growth of mussels
Thursday, January 19, 2012, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
Between January and November 2011, Chile sent abroad 66,043.8 tonnes of Chilean mussels (Mytilus chilensis), Choritos, representing an increase of 46 per cent over exports in the same period of 2010 (45,219.3 tonnes).
In value terms, Chilean mussel abroad shipments during the first 11 months of last year generated a revenue of USD 175.2 million, that is to say, 72.2 per cent more than the same period in 2010, when USD 101,4 million were obtained .
According to data provided by InfoTrade to Aqua, Blue Shell, Pesquera Trans Antarctic, the holding company, Jealsa Rianxeira, and Toralla were the three companies that reported the largest number of overseas shipments.
In total, the three companies exported 16,052 tonnes of Chilean mussels worth USD 51.7 million.
Further back were located St. Andrews Smoky Delicacies, with 6,053 tonnes of Chilean mussels worth USD 14 million, and SouthPacific Korp -linked to Angelini group, with 4,999 tonnes worth USD 13 million.
After the crisis of Chilean mussel farmers occurred in 2008 due to global economic recession, the Chilean mussels came to be valued again in foreign markets.
In particular, the demand increased in three European Union countries: Spain, France and Italy.
The frozen presentation was the most requested.
By Analia Murias