Peru’s Agrícola Chapi expands avocado and table grape production with a cash injection

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Peru’s Agrícola Chapi expands avocado and table grape production with a cash injection

By Jessica Broadbent

Peruvian agricultural export company Agrícola Chapi has received $130m in funding to expand its table-grape and avocado production.

The funding from Canadian private equity firm Cordiant Capital will be allocated in stages until March 2024 and is part of a growth plan drawn up with Cordiant in 2022.

Chapi aims to grow its production land area to 1,200ha of avocados and 900ha of table grapes.

The Lima-headquartered exporter is also part of a “genetic improvement programme”, a table-grape breeding initiative, in partnership with US fruit technology companies Sun World and IFG (International Fruit Genetics).

CEO Augusto Baertl said: “Our plan aims to expand our agricultural frontiers with sustainable management that contributes to conserving the region’s flora, fauna and water resources.”

Cédric Garnier-Landurie, Cordiant Capital’s managing director, told Just Food Peru is “an important focal point due to the phenomenal growth in fruit export seen in the last decade”.

He added: “The weather is remarkable for permanent crops and provides an advantageous harvest season counter-seasonal to other producing regions.”

He said funding was allocated to Agricola Chapi as the business had “some of the best yields in avocado globally and very strong governance with a keen focus on the environment and community”.

Meanwhile, in South Africa, avocado supplier Westfalia Fruit was awarded a $300m loan facility from three banks last month to expand production and explore new markets. The fruit business also plans to use the funds – provided by HSBC, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Standard Bank – to expand its current avocado production.

US avocado business Mission Produce also invested in avocado production this year, forming a joint venture with South Africa farming company ZZ2 Boerdery and private-equity firm Criterion Africa Partner.

It said there was a “significant” opportunity to grow the avocado market in Europe, where it plans to direct most of the JV’s exports.

Source: Just Foods

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