Camposol is striving to reduce its water footprint, as a sustainable irrigation system is one of the biggest challenges in agriculture. For five years, Camposol has worked in cooperation with SuizAgua to measure the water footprint of its blueberry, avocado and tangerine production. The company also participates in the Blue Certificate programme led by the National Water Authority (ANA), which brings together companies that execute projects to protect water resources and generate shared value through work within the community. In 2019, Camposol was Peru’s first agribusiness company to obtain the certificate. Jorge Ramírez, CEO of Camposol, said: “All these initiatives are part of our strategy to reduce our impacts on the agroecosystem.” Meanwhile, to supplement production in Peru, Camposol is extending its avocado cultivation in Colombia, where it expects to reach 40,000 tons per year by 2025, thus approaching a year-round supply.
The agro-industrial company CAMPOSOL ranked first in the “Environmental Care” category of the Business Creativity 2016 contest organized by Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), which has recognized the most striking innovations made by private companies and public institutions in Peru for the past twenty years.
Camposol´s winning project is entitled: Use of the plant known as “Common water hyacinth” for treating industrial wastewater in the district of Chao, province of Virú, La Libertad. This project consists in removing the contaminants present in wastewater at a low implementation and maintenance cost. Furthermore, it has positive impacts on the environment, such as significantly reducing the emission of bad odours and greenhouse gases and the proliferation of pests, preventing contamination, and reusing the treated water for irrigating green areas. “This treatment system is 100% viable and sustainable and is presented as an alternative that can be replicated by a number of companies that do not yet have a proper method for purifying wastewater,” said Jesús Arasti Barrios, Camposol’s Operations Manager.
Camposol is the leading agro-industrial company in Peru, the largest exporter of Hass avocados, and will soon be the largest producer of blueberries in the world. It is involved in harvesting, processing and marketing high quality agricultural and marine products, such as avocados, blueberries, grapes, mangoes, mandarins, asparagus, shrimps, seashells and other products, which are exported to Europe, the United States of America and Asia.
China has shown significant growth in the consumption of avocados, with a 160% increase in consumption over the last two years. In 2015 avocado imports totaled 15,000 tons. Right now, Mexico is the main supplying country but, recently, also the Peruvian Hass avocados obtained the authorization to access the Chinese market at the end of the 2015 season, and regular shipments to that market have started in April of this year 2016. Peru will compete in this interesting market with four fundamental strengths: a good number of professional and experienced exporters, good product quality, excellent period of arrivals and tariff benefits under the free trade agreement with China.
So far during this season, Peru has already shipped the first group containers of Hass avocados to China. Shipments are supposed to continue until end July. Although the main markets are in the big cities, such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing, recently there has been a growing demand in inland cities like Hangzhou, Nanjing and Chongqing.
Camposol placing Peruvian avocados for Disney Shanghai
Since mid-June a large batch of Peruvian Hass avocados has entered China under the Disney brand, after the inauguration of the modern theme park in Shanghai. The Peruvian avocados are brought to the market thanks to Camposol and Intercorp. The sales of Peruvian avocados for Disney will be implemented through an authorised importer in Shanghai. The Disney Resort was opened in week 24 with high expectations. The avocados from Peru will be sold onsite in the theme park and in top high-end supermarkets, such as Super City, Ole and RT Mart. The Disney-branded avocados will also be available via specialist fresh fruit stores and online platforms. The Chinese market looks interesting for Hass avocados from Peru, because more and more consumers are seeking fruit and healthy products.
Camposol is the leading agro industrial company in Peru and the third largest employer of the country, with more than 13,000 workers in high season. Now, the company is the top producer of avocados and soon will be also the leading producer of blueberries in the world. Involved in the harvest, processing and marketing of high quality agricultural products such as avocados, asparagus, blueberries, grapes, mangos, peppers, artichokes, tangerines, which are exported to Europe, the US and Asia, Camposol is fully committed to promoting sustainable development through social responsibility policies and projects aimed at increasing value for all its stakeholders.
Photo: Camposol manager José Antonio Gómez