Welcome to AACI
Thanks for visiting my page. My name is María Soledad Valenzuela, director and founder of AACI.
I am Agronomist, MSc in Agricultural Economist of the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile and I have a vast experience in the food export sector. Together with my partners and collaborators, we will provide you with solid advice and guidance, step by step. Discover what we can do for your project, starting today.
WHAT DO WE DO
WE DO WHAT YOU NEED
CHARACTERIZATION AND ANALYSIS OF AGRO-AQUA FOOD MARKETS
The food markets, both from agriculture and water, have characteristics that make them particular and that condition their supply, the structure of their chain, their integration and their traceability, among others. Therefore, its study requires the contribution of specialists.
Today, the highest demands of health, food safety, animal welfare, sustainability and unfair commercial practices impose new conditions to the production and supply of food on worldwide.
EVALUATION OF EXPORT PROJECTS
International markets are a permanent opportunity for new business for food exports, but it is necessary to evaluate in which cases there are real competitive advantages and which is the attribute or condition that gives the differentiating value and should be exploited.
For example, today China is recognized as the world's consumer country, and Chile has important comparative and competitive advantages to access it, but competition is strong and it is necessary to correctly evaluate opportunities and business models for it to be successful options.
In the same way, Chile is an attractive market for some food´s imports, which often forces domestic production to prefer external markets than domestic ones.
DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF SECTORAL PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS
The programs and projects are a bridge that allows developing ideas, joining wills, joining criteria, raising public resources and uniting different organizations working together for the same objective.
The correct design and execution of programs and projects is a path that makes possible developments initiatives and solutions to problems that otherwise would not be possible.
Some of them are brand positioning programs, environmental management protocols for commerce, quality and safety standards, and prevention of food fraud.
TRADE FACILITATION AND INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION
It is undeniable that Trade Agreements have been the main driver for Chile's food exports growth in recent decades.
It necessary to continue advancing in trade facilitation, in the registration of new products, updating of regulations, and reduction of tariffs, homologation of requirements, automation and use of information technologies in international trade processes, theres are a permanent challenge.
Chile is a open markets, today with 25 FTA the effective tariff for imports is minus 1%. Every year the food imports increases offer attractive opportunities for the trade partners.
HOW WE DO IT
Flexibility and versatility is essential:
Network of national and international specialists:
Functional teams to the target and particular case
Remote working and versatility
The consultancy aims to improve decision making through:
A higher level of information
Articulation with relevant actors
Timely and accurate analysis of possible solutions
Food Safety Study of Import Meat
European Novel Foods registration for chilean foods
Study Export of Compacted Alfalfa Hay to China
Maqui (Aristotelia chilensis) registration as Novel Food en in UE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF EXPOCARNES
It was up to me to lead and coordinate sectoral programs for pork and poultry, often with the public sector, in areas of international trade and promotion, regulatory affairs, productive development, information management and strategy
I have participated in different instances of public-private work in the food sector, including the Food Export Council (Minagri-Sofofa), Food Cluster (Corfo-Minagri), "room next door" of Negotiation of Trade Agreements (Direcon-Sofofa), Sectoral Organization of Labor Competence (ChileValora-Minagri), Cleaner Production Agreement Table (ASCC exCPL), ChilePork Sector Brand (Prochile-Minagri), Official Missions with Authorities (Minagri, Direcon, Presidency).
SOCIAL FOUNDER OF ECONAT CONSULTORES
I have developed consultancies, studies and projects in agricultural and environmental economics, for private companies and the public sector: MOP, CONAMA, SAG, CONAF, INFOR, INDAP. In them, feasibility studies of new products and services in agriculture, impact of agricultural activity on territorial planning and sustainability were addressed.
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