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.


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

    Great Lakes, Central & Eastern
    Allison Myers
    T. 913.940.0510

    Board of Directors

    Raimundo Lira – Chairperson
    Propal, S.A.

    Jose Gabriel Correa – Vice Chairperson
    Comité de Paltas Hass de Chile

    Sebastian Bulnes – Secretary
    Exportadora El Parque

    Debbie Willmann – Treasurer
    Index Fresh

    Kellen Newhouse
    West Pak Avocado

    Chris Henry
    Giumarra International

    Carson McDaniel
    McDaniel Fruit Company

    Patrick Lucy
    Del Rey Avocados

    Rigo Perez/Brock Becker
    Mission Produce

    Carmen Gloria Luttges
    Westfalia Fruit

    Juan Pablo Cerda
    Cabilfruit, S.A.

    Gonzalo Gajardo

    Executive Staff

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

    T. 650.654.0777

    Importer Members

    Del Rey Avocado Co.

    The Giumarra Companies of Escondido

    Index Fresh Inc.

    McDaniel Fruit Company

    Mission Produce Inc.

    West Pak Avocado, Inc.

    Exporter Members

    Cabilfrut, S.A.

    Exportadora Baika, S.A.

    Exportadora El Parque

    Exportadora Subsole, S.A.

    Propal, S.A.

    Westalia Fruits


    Membership Application

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      Document Download

      2023 Financial Statements


      2023-24 Budget


      2023 Annual Meeting Minutes


      AGM Meeting Minutes 2020


      2019-2020 CAIA Audit


      2020-2021 AMS Approved Budget


      AGM Meeting Minutes 2019


      2018-2019 CAIA Audit


      2019-2020 AMS Approved Budget

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