Who we are:
The New Mexico Chile Association is a non-profit organization
composed of growers and producers who are fighting to ensure the chile industry remains and prospers in New Mexico.
Why is New Mexico Chile so good?
In the Southern part of the state where
much of the chile is grown, there
are 350 days of sunshine each year!
· Chile craves warm, dry weather and warm soil. We can deliver!
Varieties are grown with NM climate,
soil and agricultural practices
What Chile Means to New Mexico
· What oranges and potatoes are to Florida and Idaho, chile is to New Mexico!
is so important to New Mexico, our state question is: Red
is consumed by many at every meal!
· Chile is celebrated at festivals all over the state!
contributes significantly to the state's economy!
· Our unique chile inspired cuisine is a major reason why thousands
of tourists visit the state each year!
What is Happening to NM Chile?
· Industry is in a steep decline
34,500 Acres were harvested in 1992, only 8,800 were harvested in 2010
China is trying to corner the world oleoresin market which accounts for 30% of NM acreage
Foreign companies are taking advantage of their reduced regulation and cheap, plentiful labor
Imports account for about 82% of chile consumed in the U.S. – automation is the only solution
Sometimes chile is sold labeled as “Hatch” or “NM Grown” when it comes from outside NM or
even the U.S.
Key Findings 2009 Consumer and Restaurant Survey
New Mexico Chile
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