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The Chilean Connection At Safeway

Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:32 pm

Last night in the produce aisle at Safeway...I noticed something.
2 out of the 3 fruits or vegetables I looked at, came from Chile.

My question is, who is bringing this stuff in?
Is it coming in the belly holds of passenger flights? Or dedicated freighters?
And what is the port of entry? Los Angeles? Miami? Houston?
Are special freighters required for the shipment of perishables like fruits and vegetables?
And finally, how long has this been going on? I mean, it seemed like EVERYTHING was from Chile...except for the Oranges, Lettuce, and Potatoes.
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RE: The Chilean Connection At Safeway

Sat Jan 28, 2006 5:56 pm

Fruits are one of the most important exportations of Chile since they produce it in an "against-season" basis towards the north hemisphere and they are also very appreciated here in Europe. Also the chilean wine proved to be reliable and they export it a lot since years now.

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RE: The Chilean Connection At Safeway

Sun Jan 29, 2006 4:14 am

From what I gathered over time, they go in dedicated freighters. You can't ship it maritime because they are perishable, unless it's a country close enough (Central America to the U.S. Gulf Coast or West Coast) and a product that can be harvested earlier than the time it is ready to be consumed (e.g. Bananas).

I know that a cargo ship leaving the port of Santos ( an hour away from GRU) takes about 6 weeks or so to reach Savannah, GA (not sure if it's non-stop sailing tho). SCL is even further south (assuming they would leave from the SCL port), so that woulld take much longer. Fruits from Central America seem (I've been to the following places and noticed it) to come in through the port of Mobile, Alabama and probably New Orleans and Miami. At least to the East Coast.

I've heard of flights that go full of flowers. Nothing but flowers.  crazy 

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RE: The Chilean Connection At Safeway

Sun Jan 29, 2006 4:19 am

Lots of winter veggies and fruits come from that side of the planet.
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RE: The Chilean Connection At Safeway

Sun Jan 29, 2006 7:08 am

I'm curious about this too.

I know Chile supplies (North American) winter fruits, but they never seem to be very good.

How long does it take from being picked to the grocery shelf? Are they picked a bit earlier than normal for a longer voyage?

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