Chia Seed Market Update from South America

The popularity of “Super” ingredients has increased significantly over the recent past, as consumers are more inclined toward natural and wholesome ingredients. With the demand for Chia seed growing globally, South America Chia Seeds Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.3% during the forecast period (2020-2025). The chia seed market was valued at USD 66.5 million in the year 2018 and the market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.8% to reach a value of USD 88.1 million in the year 2024.

The increasing popularity of vegan protein-based food, the increasing use of chia seeds in the food industry and the increased use of chia seeds as animal feed are the three important factors driving the market. About 80% of the world’s chia supply comes from Latin America – Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina are the major suppliers of chia seeds in the region, and account for almost two thirds of exports. in the world market the main buyers of chia are the United States with 53% and the European Union with approximately 17%: where the Canadian market is also highlighted, which has had great growth in recent years.

Paraguay is currently the world’s largest producer and supplier of chia. It annually produces more than 20,000 tons and exports to more than 50 countries. United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom stand out as the main buyers. Chia is highly demanded in the international market and Paraguay is currently supplying half of the world demand. The first harvests last month produced great levels of almost 1,000 kilos per hectare, the yields are very good due to the good climate.

Bolivia has between 3000-4000 cultivars in the country, and is included in the list of largest producers of chia. Bolivian chia quality is held at a high rank, and has a rapid production growth rate, mainly due to increasing demand from foreign buyers. The rising price for chia seeds in the commodity markets is attracting more and more farmers toward taking up chia seed cultivation, which is likely to further increase the competitiveness of the Bolivian chia seeds market.

Globally there is a growing awareness regarding the health benefits of a natural, balanced diet which is increasing the demand for organically grown and sustainable Foods. Chia remains a niche ingredient in Global cultures and cuisines and with current price levels it is not easy to compete with large exporters in South America.

Food security is critical to the well-being and economic stability of all nations, with our extensive knowledge of every aspect of food supply chains around the world, Tradelink guarantees full traceability of its products entirely complying with the customers’ demands. Depending on the product and the region, most of the products are covered by BRC certification, ISO certification, HACCP principles, USDA, CERES and SGS.

Our Chia Seed Specifications

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Country of Origin: Mainly Paraguay & Argentina

Appearance: Round, small dark, black, dark brown seeds approx 1.5mm -2.0mm round.

Taste: Typical of Chia, fresh, no off flavours.

Texture: Hard

Colour: Overall appearance is black
Packaging: 25kg multi ply paper sacks labelled with Packer, Product Description, Net weight, Organic
Certification Details and Lot Number

Typical Analysis:
Purity 99.9%
Damaged  <0.3%
Off-colour <0.1%
Insect infestation, part of insects Nil

Microbiological Standards:
Moisture 4g/100g sample

Nutritional Information (per 100g):
Energy, 574kj
Protein 18-20g
Carbohydrates 12g per serving
Total Oils 25-26%
Omega 3 oils 17.5% of total oils above.
Fibre 34-36g

Metal Detection: 1.0mm Ferrous, 1.0mm Non Ferrous & 1.5mm Stainless Steel
Shelf Life: 12 months from date of delivery, stored in air cooled, brick built warehouse with appropriate vermin controls in place.

Quality: This product shall be free from live infestation, and evidence of infestation by rodents or birds. It shall not contain pathogens at levels injurious to human health, and will comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Act 1990, and all pertinent regulations made thereunder.

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