Argentine dried prune, a quality product for demanding markets
The dried prune is a food of high nutritional value and wide use in the food industry. In Argentina, the main producing province is Mendoza. With its 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, plums are dried naturally satisfying the most demanding markets.
Production and varieties of Argentine dried prune
The Argentine production of plums is concentrated in the province of Mendoza. They are almost 19,000 hectares that provide more than 150,000 tons of fresh fruit.
The varieties that are grown in Argentina destined to desiccation or dehydration are:
– D’agen: also known as french prunes, native to France, sweet, occupies most of the cultivated area.
– President: of English origin, of large size and dense pulp, it is also used as a pollinator of the DAgen.
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The 95% of production is dedicated to dehydration or drying, and of this, 98% is exported: the internal consumption is only 80 grams per inhabitant per year (6 prunes).
The province has the capacity to produce more than 50,000 tons of dried fruit. The most used processes are drying tunnels and sun drying. By means of this last one, a completely natural product is obtained, of high valuation at international level.
International trade of dried plum
Argentina is the fourth world exporter of dried plums, in a list headed by the United States, the world’s leading producer, followed by Chile, France, and Argentina with a production similar to that of Australia.
The main buyers are Brazil, Italy, Spain, Uruguay and France. Trade with Brazil is favorable for Argentina with respect to Chile, its main competitor, due to its geographical proximity.
Nutritional value and use of dried prune
The plum is a recognized food for its contribution in fiber and vitamin C. Once dried, its nutritional value increases.
A portion of 50 grams of dried prunes contributes 16% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 64% of the amount of dietary fiber.
Its laxative and diuretic effect is recognized for its high fiber, sodium and magnesium content, while its sweeping effect on teeth could help prevent tooth decay.
The prunes are used for family consumption in the form of compotes and preparation of sweet and savory dishes. In the food industry they are preferred for the preparation of jams and jellies.
How to import or export Argentine dried prune
This characteristic product of Argentina has a high potential for international trade due, mainly, to its quality and production in contraestation with respect to the European continent.
However, international shipments of food products require a thorough knowledge of the market, regulations in the countries of origin and destination and customs requirements. Especially considering that it is a regional product, which requires multimodal transport and demanding logistics.
Although it is possible to resort to diverse services, to import or export dried prune the best thing is to contract a company that is in charge of all the process, from obtaining the products until putting them in the ship course to the port of destination.
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