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Colombia offers a wide range of agribusiness products that are regarded due to their high quality and innovation, leading to an increased consolidation of exports in traditional markets and reaching a significant number of new markets.

Colombian entrepreneurs have made efforts to adapt their products to consumption trends and worldwide requirements. To this end, there is an increased number of products with fair trade organic production and environmental certifications.

Agribusiness Sector World Exports 2010-2013
US$ Millions FOB

Angola, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.

Business Opportunities

  • Special coffees
  • Palm oil
  • Processed fruits and vegetables
  • Sugars and sweeteners
  • Cocoa and chocolate products
  • Confectionery
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages
  • Bakery and grain mill products
  • Dairy products
  • Snacks

Competitive Factors

Special coffees

  • Colombia is the world's largest Arabica coffee producer.
  • Colombian coffee is 100% Arabica which presents special features such as higher acidity, mildness and a more intense fragrance.
  • Product range from special organic, instant, and freeze-dried coffees to toasted and ground coffees.

Palm oil

  • Colombia is the biggest producer in Latin America and fifth in the world.
  • Colombian palm oil is recognized for its quality, social, and environmental sustainability.

Processed fruits and vegetables

  • Colombia's agricultural and climate conditions allow for the production of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Colombian entrepreneurs have focused on transforming fruits and vegetables into pulp and concentrates as well as the production of dried, freeze-dried, and frozen fruits and vegetables.

Sugar and honey

  • The final cultivated area of sugarcane in 2012 reached 224,000 thousand hectares from which approximately 21 to 23 million tons of sugarcane are obtained on an annual basis.
  • Production caters to both national and international markets with annual sales of around US$ 2.3 million making Colombia the world's ninth biggest sugar exporter.

Cocoa and chocolate products

  • This is a leading-edge industry in Colombia mostly represented by large enterprises with a wide variety of products.
  • Colombian cocoa is recognized for its distinctive qualities in the international market.


  • This industry has managed to adapt itself to the needs of international consumers and global trends, enabling products from this sector to reach Africa and Asia as well as Latin America.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Colombia's export products and services focus on rum and aguardiente (flavoured with aniseed).
  • There is a constant innovation and development of high-quality products in order to compete in the international market.

Bakery and grain mill products

  • Constant innovation along the production chain and development of products based on consumption trends.
  • Products include nutritional sweet and salted biscuits low in calories and fats, frozen breads, almojabanas [milk curd and corn flour bread], cheese bread, and cassava bread.
  • Colombian companies offer precooked corn, wheat, plantain and cassava flour, recognized for their competitive prices and quality.

Dairy products

  • Colombia has positioned itself as the fourth biggest milk producer in Latin America, surpassed only by Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina.
  • At a global scale, Colombia is the 15th overall milk producer.
  • Colombian dairy products include powdered milk, flavoured milk, mature and fresh cheeses, yogurt, condensed milk, and arequipe [caramelized milk pudding].