Tapping the Potential of Colombian Lime
Launched in August of 2019, Valle Verde is a venture that will source and pack sustainably grown Tahiti limes. Valle Verde's packhouse will be the first export-quality facility of its kind in proximity to Colombia's Caribbean ports. The project's unique location allows it to source from ideal lime-producing regions such as Quindio, Santander, and Antioquia. As Colombian lime gains recognition in global markets, Colombian orange farmers are shifting their production towards lime, seeks to centralize, formalize, and standardize lime exports in the region. The packing facility will provide Farmfolio an opportunity to converge with our international trade desks and provide Colombian lime farmers with a global outlet.
One of the most ubiquitous fruits on the market, limes are a staple in many popular culinary traditions. The vibrant green color and characteristic sour flavor make lime an iconic citrus fruit. With huge markets in Europe and North America, and growing demand in emerging markets, the potential of lime cultivation for export is tremendous.
Valle Verde’s packhouse will be a high-technology facility located a free trade zone in Urabá, a subregion of the Antioquia department of Colombia. The first facility of its kind in the region, the packhouse will posses a cutting-edge packing line and coldroom capable of processing up to 1 million kilos of lime per month. The accompanying equipment utilized at the facility will constitute a significant portion of Valle Verde’s fixed assets.
There are many considerations to take into account when establishing a lime packing facility of this kind, and the Valle Verde team has taken every precaution to ensure that the facility complies with the highest international phytosanitary regulations. This includes following quarantine regulations for diseased fruit, ensuring that temperatures in cold storage are maintained at adequate levels, and maintaining the sizing, washing, and drying systems.
The machinery at the Valle Verde packing facility will consist of a dedicated CPU with programming and line control software, electronic sizers and rollers with cushioning to protect the fruit, diameter and color classification systems, sorters, singulators, and many other systems. These features will ensure maximum efficiency at the facility.