Investment in Horticultural

Horticultural Sector

With 21 million hectares, Colombia is one of the countries with the greatest potential for expansion of agricultural lands in the world. Of the total, around 4 million hectares are currently exploited. Colombia is one of the countries with the highest offer variety of soils and climates in the world for growing fruits and vegetables.


Colombia is a tropical country with a variety of ecosystems where over 95 different types of fruit are grown. This includes native species and other species introduced from other continents and other equatorial areas.

Colombian Fruit and Vegetables compared with those from other subtropical countries, in the northern and southern hemispheres, are naturally better in terms of physical quality regarding the organoleptic characteristics, principally, color, flavor, aroma, higher contents of soluble solids, and Brix grades.

  • According to the FAO and United Nations, Colombia is the third country in Latin America with the largest number of hectares allocated to the production of fruits accounting for 10.9% while being the third largest producer in the region with 9.5 million tons.
  • During the last decade, Colombian exports of fruits reached up to US$918 million and more than 1.93 million tons.
  • According to FAO, Colombia is the fifth largest producer of vegetables in Latin America consisting of 2.1 million tons.
  • Colombia is one of the Latin American countries with higher annual precipitation rates (3.240 mm/year), and holds the fourth spot worldwide in terms of water availability. FAO, 2014


The above are some of the reasons why you should invest in the fruit and vegetable sector in Colombia. Take a close look at these and other investment advantages to choose Colombia for your next project.

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Investment Opportunities

  • Install hydrothermal treatment plants to meet phytosanitary requirements of fruits like papaya, pitaya and mango, among others, as well as the construction of collection centers Colombian fruits for proper selection, preparation and export. The presence of ports in the Caribbean and Pacific provide easy access to international markets for the use of the 13 FTAs (MinCIT-2014).
  • Set plants with product lines Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) in order to take advantage of access to this kind of products to countries with which there are trade agreements and with third countries.
  • Build-producing plants of processed foods such as pulp, jams, sauces and other products derived from fruits and vegetables in order to market the production in the domestic market and explore export markets.
  • Develop strategic alliances with owners and local fruit and vegetable producers to take advantage of more than seven (7.0) million hectares with fruit aptitude available to the country. (Asohofrucol).


There are many regions in the country with a great potential for fruit and vegetables such as:

Success Stories

  • Olmué: In 2012, Olmué inaugurated its fruit project in the country through the construction of a frozen tropical fruit and vegetable processing plant in Palmira, Valle del Cauca. In this way, Olmué will have initially an annual productive capacity of 7.000 tons, and 29.000 tons when the plant will operate at a 100% capacity. Likewise, the project will generate 3.000 direct and indirect jobs and plans to export 90% of its production. (Olumé-sept 2013)
  • Dole: the North American multinational, announced that in March 2014 will begin to operate a plant of salads and a distribution center of production in the country, projects in which the company had to invest around US$15 million. (Portafolio-jun 2013)

Source: Mass Media

These are just some of the reasons to invest in Colombia’s Horticultural Sector, we invite you to learn in detail these and more reasons to make Colombia the destination of choice for your projects.

Investment Specialist: Margarita Arango

Carlos Sánchez

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