Nourishing land. Nourishing avocados.

Chile’s growing regions.

Chile is the longest country in the world. Nestled between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it is a narrow strip of land with more than 2,670 miles of coastline and an average width of 117 miles.

Everything about the Chilean landscape is remarkable, from the snow-capped glaciers of Patagonia, to the colorful homes overlooking the bay in Valparaiso, to the intense blue lagoons in the Atacama Desert. The country is a kaleidoscope of color and culture with a history as rich as the soil and a future that’s equally promising.

Sustainability.

Chile’s unusually diverse geography offers excellent growing conditions, with avocados a prime and renowned crop. The biggest avocado producing areas are in two fertile valleys, with their frost-free climate, and pure water from three rivers. Avocado trees are one of the few species that can be cultivated commercially on hillsides, with the advantage of growing frost-free, as the cold air moves quickly to lower altitudes. The majority of the groves planted in the last ten years have been established on hillside locations. Climatic conditions in Chile produce avocados of outstanding quality. There are approximately 71,660 acres of avocado groves under cultivation in Chile today.

Chilean people & culture.

Today, Chile has a population of over 19 million, comprised of people from many different national and ethnic backgrounds. A melting pot of people and passions has built a country with efficient transportation and communications services including a world-class seaport, airport and logistical infrastructure that easily bridge the distance that separates Chile from markets around the world. Chile has built an economy based on a responsible attitude toward work, shared goals and growing produce of exceptional quality.

Who are we? The Chilean Avocado Importers Association.

Dedicated to bringing you the absolute best.

The Chilean Avocado Importers Association (CAIA) is composed of Chilean avocado importers, exporters, and producers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Association’s main objective is to conduct market development activities and promotions to increase the consumption of Chilean Hass Avocados in the United States. Established in 2002, CAIA operates under the guidelines of the Hass Avocado Promotion, Research and Information Order.

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    About CAIA

    Merchandising Team

    Western Region
    Steve Hattendorf
    T. 916.206.2855
    E. hatt523@aol.com

    Great Lakes, Central & Eastern
    Allison Myers
    T. 913.940.0510
    E. allismyers@gmail.com

    Board of Directors

    Jorge Covarrubias, Chairman
    Santa Cruz, S.A.
    Santiago, Chile

    Bruce Dowhan, Vice Chairman
    Giumarra International/AGRICOM
    Escondido, CA

    Cristian Hargous, Secretary
    Propal, S.A.
    Hijuelas, Chile

    Kellen Newhouse, Treasurer
    West Pak Avocado, Inc.
    Murrieta, CA

    Rankin & Carson McDaniel, Importer
    McDaniel Fruit Company, Inc.
    Fallbrook, CA

    Patrick Lucy, Importer
    Del Rey Avocados
    Fallbrook, CA

    Rigo Perez, Importer
    Mission Produce Inc.
    Oxnard, CA

    Debbie Willmann, Importer
    Index Fresh Inc.
    Riverside, CA

    Rodrigo Kunstmann, Exporter
    AGRICOM, Ltda.
    Santiago, Chile

    Juan Pablo Cerda, Exporter
    Cabilfrut, S.A.
    Santiago, Chile

    Sebastian Bulnes, Exporter
    Exportadora El Parque
    Santiago, Chile

    Gonzalo Bulnes, Exporter
    Comité de Paltas Hass de Chile
    Santiago, Chile

    Executive Staff

    Karen Brux
    Managing Director
    Chilean Avocado Importers Association
    1682 Laurel Street, Unit C
    San Carlos, CA 94070

    T. 650.654.0777
    E. karenbrux@gmail.com

    Importer Members

    Del Monte Fresh Produce

    Del Rey Avocado Co.

    Eco-Farms Sales

    Fresh Fruit Logistics

    The Giumarra Companies of Escondido

    Index Fresh Inc.

    McDaniel Fruit Company

    Mission Produce Inc.

    West Pak Avocado, Inc.

    Westfalia

    Exporter Members

    Agricom, Ltda.

    Cabilfrut, S.A.

    Exportadora Baika, S.A.

    Exportadora El Parque

    Exportadora Santa Cruz, S.A.

    Exportadora Subsole, S.A.

    Propal, S.A.

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