The second-largest supplier of salmon in the market:

Chile looks to consolidate its position in the United States

 Chilean companies will be participating in the Seafood Expo North America, where they will showcase a wide variety of seafood products in different formats.

Chile will participate in the 35th annual Seafood Expo North America at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from March 17 to 19. The event, often considered to be the premier seafood show in the United States, offers an excellent opportunity to showcase Chilean seafood that is internationally recognized for its natural flavor and purity.

Ten Chilean producers plan to exhibit a wide variety of products, including Atlantic Salmon, Pacific Salmon, Coho, Trout, Mussels, Cuttlefish, Horse mackerel, Tilapia, Mahi Mahi, Deep Sea Bacchus, and Swordfish. They will be located in the Chilean Pavilion at Booth 2117 and look to help consolidate Chile’s position as a reliable supplier of high-quality seafood to the North American market.

The United States is the main destination for Chilean seafood exports, with shipments reaching USD $2,027 million in 2018, or 28.8% of Chile’s total global exports, explains Matías Pinto, Coordinator of ProChile’s Commercial Offices in North America.

Chile is the world’s leading exporter of fresh and frozen fillets of salmon, preserved mussels, sea urchins, and second-largest supplier of frozen deep-water cod cuts and whole frozen horse mackerel. It has earned a prestigious reputation for the quality and flavor of its products, which is partially a result of the cold Humboldt current that runs along the Chilean coast.

“The Chilean industry is characterized by having a strict regulatory commitment in harmony with productive sustainability, quotas and temporary bans, monitoring systems from the point of departure to destination, and constant research that allows for the diversification of resources and the creation of new products, within the framework of a production system that meets the highest sanitary standards worldwide,” adds Pinto.

The Chilean companies participating in the Seafood Expo North America offer certified products produced under strict sustainability and traceability standards, and in a variety of formats. This includes innovative, value-added products such as portions of marinated salmon, sashimi cuts, cooked and frozen whole mussels that are vacuum-packed in their own juices, and ready-to-eat preparations with different sauces.

“Today, salmon is the second largest imported seafood product by the U.S., and Chile was the top supplier in 2017 and the second largest in 2018 (data through November 2018). In addition, Chile is the third largest supplier of U.S. mussels. This product, along with trout, have high growth potential, especially in various formats, from fresh to ready-to-eat. These opportunities have been executed in collaboration with the trade associations through different positioning activities, and of course, through our participation in this important fair,” said Pinto.


Matias Pinto| Trade Commissioner, Washington DC.

Andrea Sapag | Asistente Comercial ProChile Nueva York 600 Third Ave, 28th floor, Suite 2808A, New York, NY 10016, USA +1 (212) 207 3266

ETSN News Team will have a CEO Interview opportunity at Seafood Expo

The Association of Fishing Industry in Chile, has key CEOs attending the Seafood Expo North America on March 17th – 19th, and in particular, Gerardo Balbontín, CEO of Blumar Seafoods.

Blumar is a Chilean based company with over 60 years of experience in the industry, dedicated to fishing and aquaculture. It has 24% industrial share of Central South horse mackerel fishing quota; 21% industrial share of Central South sardine fishing quota and 24% industrial share of Central South anchovy fishing quota. Gerardo also co-chairs the Global Salmon Initiative, a leadership initiative established by leading farmed salmon CEOs from around the world who share a vision of providing a healthy and sustainable source of protein to feed a growing population, while minimizing their environmental footprint. This initiative represents approximately 50% of the global farmed salmon sector.

Gerardo and his fellow CEOs from Chile can discuss the salmon market, where they have a combined #1 worldwide share, and the fishmeal market where they have a combined #2 worldwide share.  Further, they are talk about the regulatory changes proposed by President Sebastián Piñera for the Chilean fishing sector, which will result in loss of competitiveness.

The executives, all told, include:

  • Gerardo Balbontín, CEO of Blumar Seefoods
  • Ricardo García, CEO of Camanchaca
  • Andrés Fosk, CEO of Landes
  • Andrés Daroch, CEO of FoodCorp

Blumar and Camanchaca have commercial offices in the US, and Camanchaca is listed on the Santiago and Oslo Stock Exchanges. Here are there websites: