Chilean apples flourish in the colder regions of Central and Southern Chile and are available from late January through November. More than 40 different varieties of apples are exported from Chile, with the top 5 varieties in volume consisting of Royal Gala, Richared Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala and Tenroy Royal Gala. Newer varieties like Honeycrisp are rapidly gaining strength.
Apples are loaded with nutrition! A medium apple contains 17% of the Daily Value (DV) of fiber, 14% DV of vitamin C and 6% DV of potassium…all for only 95 calories. Most of the fiber and antioxidants are in the peel.
How to Select, Store and Handle Apples
Look for apples firm to the touch.
Visually inspect your apples before buying. Specks or other marks come from nature and don’t signal a bad apple, but apples with bruising or decay should be avoided.
You can store apples in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Get familiar with the different varieties of apples! With so many different colors, characteristics and flavor profiles, there’s an apple for everyone and every occasion.
- Stock multiple varieties in order to offer a range of colors and flavor profiles to shoppers.
- Introduce new varieties with signage informing shoppers of their unique characteristics.
- Display front and center in the produce department to maximize sales.
- Cross-merchandise with other items and promote apples as an alternative to snack foods and dips near checkout
- Keeping apples in refrigeration on display will extend their shelf life
Total Volume Exported
- Latin America 39,7%
- Europe 27%
- Far East 12,3%
- Middle East 11,1%
- North America 9,8%
Comercial Monte Rosa S.A.