The popularity of Chilean nuts and dried fruits has increased by 75% in the UAE, with exports from the country rising to $US43.8m between January and September 2019.
According to the latest research from the Trade Commission of Chile, this growth has largely been attributed to robust Chilean walnut, hazelnut and almond exports.
Carlos Salas, Trade Commissioner of Chile in Dubai, said: “Chilean walnuts have amassed a global reputation thanks to their outstanding flavour, distinctive light colour and prolonged freshness. From the natural and nutritious conditions they’re grown in, to the sustainable and intrinsic processing procedure, we’ve developed a nut that is lauded the world over.”
During 2019, Chilean dry fruit exports to the world reached US$572 million, with walnuts accounting for 76% of these shipments while hazelnuts and almonds accounted for 13% and 10%, respectively. At present, Chile is the second largest global exporter of walnuts in shells and the third largest exporter of no-shell walnuts, behind the US and Mexico.
A 29-strong delegation - the largest number of Chilean exporters to date - will be attending the 25th anniversary of Gulfood next week, in a bid to increase the US$21million worth of deals completed at last year’s show.
This year, for the first time, the Chilean delegation at Gulfood has elected to exhibit on two pavilions in separate halls – World Food (Booth S-H16) and Pulses, Grains & Cereals (Booth Z2-C3) – showcasing raisins, dried plums, walnuts with and without shell, almonds, cranberries, dried peaches and apricots, oatmeal, whole grains and other formats, olive oil, lupine and concentrated juices, amongst others.
“Gulfood has become a key exhibition for Chile over the years and we are excited about once again showcasing exactly what our country has to offer - as the region continues to become an increasingly important part of our overall export business,” added Salas.