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Our company, Organic Fruits Chile, produces, processes and exports organic berries to international markets in North America, Europe and Asia. One of OFC’s advantages is our ability to manage the complete fruit chain process, from the development of in vitro plants, to the cultivation and export of our final products. Further more, by handling the entire fruit chain process in house, we are able to ensure that our meticulous protocols are properly carried out in each step. We attribute our success at delivering high quality products to our industry experience, which exceeds 22 years and our efficient cultivation management.
The proximity of OFC’s land to the processing factory guaranties our clients fresh products… as if they were just harvested! Our fields are located 20 km from the city of Chillan, in the Coihueco area of Chile, near the Andes mountain range… an area that has the natural qualities that permit our berries to reach the level of ripeness and sweetness that are consistent with high quality berries.
Today, OFC handles more than 600 hectares of organic berries, which include raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries; in fact, we are currently the world’s largest organic raspberry producer, exporting an average of 5.600 tons of frozen fruit per year. During high season, we employ close to 2.000 workers from the local area.
Our history at OFC has had a particular aspect, full of undertaking, challenges and an organic vision which started as a business strategy, becoming the corporation policy. Its owner, Mr. Robinson Peña, started this story in 1995, at the age of 15, with 0,5 ha he decided to rent, after saving enough money to that purpose. After years of hard and constant work, not free of problems, at the year 2008 those hectareas and its fruits became OFC, a consolidated exporting company which cultivates organic berries, exported directly to markets located in USA, Canada, Europe and part of Asia.
His corporate vision allowed him to perceive that the international tendency pointed to organic cultivations, thus, international organic certifications guarantee his effort and self demand of fulfilling the highest standards.
Also social approach and the capacity of facing new challenges pointed out his successful corporative model and thanks to his field work knowledge he managed to achieve their co worker’s fidelity. At OFC team work functions on a base of trust, and that’s part of its success.
Its labor has been internationally recognized with awards such as “Líder del Sur” ( South Leader) in year 2010, awarded by El Sur Newspaper, in addition to several acknowledgements from schools, professional institutes and universities. Today Mr. Peña is frequently required to give motivational coaching.
Our mission is to be an internationally recognized high quality organic fruit exporter. We raise the bar when it comes to quality by handling the entire fruit chain process in house, ensuring that all steps within the fruit cultivation and production processes are properly carried out, allowing us to secure multiple international certifications as well as 100% traceability of all our products. We also want to make a positive impact on the local economy in Chillan, as we continue to be a large employer of local workers.
Today we focus on solidifying and transforming our objectives into pillars that form the foundation of our company… a company that will last in time, independent of its founders… a company that will always maintain that organic vision which lead to its formation and which serves as a business model for future entrepreneurs.
OFC’s philosophy is to maintain the EXCELLENCE in terms of QUALITY of our berries. We give a lot of importance to always provide the best to our customers. This is the reason why our berries are regularly tested and certified by the most prestigious CERTIFICATION COMPANIES which guarantee us to always focus on the best final product.
Our vision is oriented on the most natural processes for our chain of production, in order to provide ORGANIC berries to our customers that are not only recognized for their quality but also that the way we produce it is ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY and doesn’t harm nature.
OFC’s priority is to provide at any time of the processes of production and shipping of the berries the highest traceability to always maintain the quality of service at its best.
OFC’s different fields
One of OFC’s distinction is that its exported fruits are cultivated in its own fields, each one certificated as organic by acknowledged international certificaters. Efficient and professional management of every culture and fields density allows to achieve an excellent quality and efficiency. The surface of our 10 fields is divided in 4 major farms: Santa Amelia, Santa Elena, La Quinta and Chillinhue.
|Las Mariposas||114,3 ha|
|Los Peumos||54,1 ha|
|Santa Elena||100,5 ha|
|La Quinta||93 ha|
|Santa Amelia||61,3 ha|
|El Maiten||35 ha|
|Parcela 13||24 ha|
|El Porvenir||30 ha|
Our methods of picking
The company Organic Fruits Chile always maintain the quality of its products. To reach this purpose, we constantly focus on keeping all the processes with the best technology. That’s the reason why OFC invested in the best picking machines to optimize its method of harvest to keep our berries at their full potential.
This technology allow us to gain time, to cover larger picking areas for a higher productivity, while in the meantime it respects the integrity of the berries. These machines allow us to complete the traditional handmade fruit-picking technique.
Gain of time
Respect the berries
Optimize the methods of picking
Complete the hand-picking
Maintain OFC as a leader
Our Frozen Factory
Our IQF factory is located in the way to Coihueco, with a privileged proximity to production fields, in a way to assure the final consumer a high quality frozen product. OFC has the capacity to process and froze all of its production in the most modern and technological facilities. From the picking process to the packaging phase, the frozen step guarantees to offer our customers a constant and sustainable quality of our organic berries, until 24 months from elaboration date with proper Storage Conditions at temperature -18ºC.
The final products we process at OFC
The laboratory of OFC produces plants at a micro organic level, in an environment that allows its in vitro multiplication. Plants are cultivated in nurseries and then transported to free of disease fields, therefore assuring high quality fruit to the clients.
At OFC we give a great importance to the Research & Development Department in order to provide sustainable and constant quality to our berries. It allows us to keep our production at its best potential of evolution.
This organic and innovative vision is the guarantee for OFC to stay the best leader and expert in berries production at an international scale.