El Torreón Export was born in the early 1960s, but the fertile history of these valleys dates back to 1500. San Carlos is a town located in southern Chile, between the Ñuble and Perquilauquén rivers, at the foot of the Andes Mountains.
The agricultural tradition of this region is a Mapuche heritage and the distinctive pigmentation of our fruit is thanks to Trumao, a soil formed from volcanic ash originated by the Nevados de Chillán and Nevado de Longaví Volcanoes. The colossi that protect our cultivation corridors from above.
That is why in each harvest we can be proud of obtaining a product of exceptional quality and our commitment is to respect that tradition, our origin and the well-being of our people, so that everyone can enjoy a little of these lands.
El Torreón began in the hands of Oscar, then it was the turn of Enrique and María, who together made it grow. Currently Mauro Magnasco, the third generation of the family has taken on the responsibility of maintaining the same spirit and working so that in the future the fourth generation is prepared for the long-awaited relief.
In this valley there are indications of crops since 1500, being the Itihue, a Mapuche community, the first to occupy and cultivate the valley. Since then until today, San Carlos has remained an agricultural zone, with apples being the icon of this area.
The valley has a mild subtropical weather with an oceanic façade, also known as Mediterranean, with large temperature fluctuations between day and night, which favors the pigmentation of the fruit and the quality of the crops. Average temperatures vary between 12º and 15º C.
The valley is at a height of 161mts. above sea level and is located between the Ñuble River and the Perquilauquén River, and is naturally protected by the Andes Mountains, where there are also 2 volcanoes; Nevados de Chillán and Nevado de Longaví. It is an almost flat plain, with minimal and slightly undulating slopes.
Our soil is Trumao, a word of Mapuche origin that means “Volcanic Soil”. It is formed mainly by volcanic ash and sediments of fluvial origin. The soils of El Torreón sector are arable, of good quality for crops. They offer adequate productivity and have practically no limitations in their use. With good drainage, about 12% organic matter, average pH of 5.7.
We have an area of 434 hectares, where 139 are used for our fruit production, and 188 are for annual crops. We still have 107 hectares available, which are in our expansion project, both fruit and agriculture.
Starting in 2004, we made the decision to be the ones to export our fruit ourselves. From there we have accumulated experience in various markets.
Thanks to our trajectory and the reputation of our fruit, we are present in 5 continents, being our main destinations: China, India, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, USA, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.
Today our knowledge in this area and a great relationship with importing clients in key markets, has allowed us to also export the products of other farmers.
Contract with external companies for seed reproduction and annual crops with the option of pivot irrigation technologies.
From the reception and rapid cooling of the fruit, packaging in formats demanded by the international markets, to the consolidation and dispatch of the product to the main markets and selected destinations.
A wide range of clients in the main markets of each continent to form low-risk programs related to the supply and demand of each product.
At El Torreón Export responsibility is synonymous with commitment, which is why we have certified our company in the aspects that most define how we do things. This search for excellence leads us to constantly review every detail that can be improved or that can be done in a more environmentally friendly way.