Last update: 30/09/2022
The food ingredients and beverage industry is dynamic and responds to changes in the global consumption trends. The ingredients demanded by this industry are within its value chain and play a major role for the elaboration of the final product.
Valle del Cauca has a integrated food and beverages cluster made up of more than 190 companies that represent sales of over USD $2,834 million. It also has a protein cluster made up of poultry, eggs and pork, conformed by 259 companies that represent USD $2,816 million in sales.
The region is considered the country’s leader in the industry of processed fruits and vegetables, oils, sugar, snacks and confectionary products. Such leadership has strengthened thanks to the multinational companies that have their operation centers in the region, such as Cargill, Colombina, Nestle, Ingredion, Unilever, ABInBev, among others.
For the year 2020, the food industry in Colombia reached sales close to USD $11,076 million which represented an increase of 9.9% compared to the previous year. Valle del Cauca is the country’s third greated producer of pork meat (72 thousand tons, 15% participation). Along with Antioquia and Cundinamarca, it concentrated 76% of the national industry.
On the other hand, Colombia’s food and beverages exports reached USD $1,916 million in 2020 with a growth of 11% compared to 2019. In this sense, Valle del Cauca continues to be the leading exporting region in the country, contributing with 3.7% of the national exports.
Colombia’s main export products correspond to oils and fats (31%), followed by sugar and confectionary products (26%), and snacks and ingredients (20%). These products’ main destinations are the U.S. (20%), Ecuador (11%) and Mexico (7%).