We are a group of Colombian companies with more than 20 years’ of experience cultivating one of the most desired fruits in the world: the Hass avocado. We take care of every single step in the production chain, starting from the sowing of the trees in our plant nurseries, continuing with the selection and packaging process, and ending in the delivery to our final client.

Our origin

More than 20 years
of experience

Our purpose is to develop the Colombian agricultural sector through the sustainable production of the Hass avocado and its byproducts, keeping in mind the well-being of our clients, suppliers, contributors, and other groups of interest.

Our story

It all started in the year 2000 when a group of entrepreneurs from Antioquia believed in their dream of producing and exporting the best Colombian Hass avocado in the world. We sowed our first trees on a crop field in Rionegro (Antioquia). On March 5th, 2015, we sent our first shipment and from that moment on, the dream only became bigger, day by day.

We started consolidating ourselves with the best international registries and conquering more countries’ markets each day. Today we are recognized through our quality in the local market (BPA) as well as the international one (Global GAP).

2000

CARTAMA was born.

2007

We expanded our crop field’s hectares in the municipality of Amagá, Antioquia.

2012

We arrived at the Caldas department, where we started cultivating in the lands of the Aserma municipality.

2014

We started working in the department of Risaralda, in a crop field located in the Quinchía municipality.

2015

We continued our growth in the Eje Cafetero, this time in Guática, Risaralda.

2015

We built and started operating our packaging plant, located in the city of Pereira, Risaralda.

2016

The multinational Marks and Spencer granted us the Growers Best Quality Award (recognizing us as the best quality producers).

2016

We reached 515 hectares sowed.

2019

We arrived with our first container to China.

2020

We arrived with our first container to Japan.

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R + D

Strategic allies

Universities

Research center

Other companies

Purpose

Contribute to the fulfillment of the superior purpose through the cross-wise research, development, and innovation of all of the company’s areas, establishing strategic alliances with different actors of the sector, and aiming at self-sustainability.

R+D is currently developing 15 research projects, among which is the AVOLAB.

Research projects

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Avosolutions

Purpose

Avosolutions is a service platform whose main function is to bring financial accessibility, technological adaptation, and sustainable agriculture to our allies. The purpose is to develop the Colombian countryside through the interaction between the capital needs, the infrastructure and our partners’ knowledge, and the risk reduction for the fund’s providers.

Project foundation

Financial access

Only 61% of the rural areas’ population has financial services vs. 98% of the rural areas’ population in developed countries. 5 out of 10 farmers need working capital to cultivate.

Technological adaptation

Es 2 veces más costoso el acceso a capital en zonas rurales vs. ciudades. Esto es debido a la ausencia de garantías y altos costos para conseguirlas 7 de 10 colombianos que viven en áreas rurales no usan tecnología.

Sustainable agriculture

Only 10% of the avocado farmers have the Rainforest certificate.

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AvoLab

It consists of a Hass avocado innovation lab, which is unique in the world. It delivers technical analysis and training that guarantee the highest standards of quality in our production chain.

A lab unique in the world specifically focused on Hass avocado.

Supported by the experience of an interdisciplinary group of professionals and Cartama’s knowledge, acquired by its 20 years’ path in the sector.

The Hass Avocado Innovation Laboratory – AvoLab, will bring the small, medium, and big producers closer to science, technology, academia, research, and innovation, which will allow the positioning of the country as a producer at the sector’s vanguard.

AvoLab’s impact in the sector will be:

Services
portfolio

Specialized technical assistance

With the back-up of the Cartama’s Experience Group, with more than 20 years’ experience in the avocado sector.

Soil analysis

Complete soil analysis

Biological

Mycorrhizal colonization, mycorrhizal spore count, identification of pathogens in vegetable tissue.

Organic matrices

Complete foliar
Complete pulp
Individual element

Aqueous matrices

Natural water analysis
Treated water analysis

Allied laboratories

Commercial contact

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Administrative plant

Our administrative plant has a team of professionally prepared members who are also convinced of our purpose, to fulfill all of the necessary functions in our company.

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Processing
plant

Packaging plant. We have a Logistical Center in the Eje Cafetero, where we carry out controls of quality, selection, and classification of the fruit, for it to be distributed to various destinations around the world.

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Garden center

To guarantee the best quality in our Hass avocado, we decided to take over the sowing of our trees, to ensure the fruit’s best genetics. Nowadays, we have a garden center, bigger than 4 HA, with the best technology. As a part of our conviction for environmental care and the development of responsible agriculture, our garden center stands out by keeping 20% of the native forest among its area.

Department Municipality Description Garden center’s name ÁTotal area(HA) Forest area (HA % of forest HA 2021 seedling capacity
Caldas Súpia Supía is a municipality located in the northwest part of the Caldas department.

The municipality of Supía, Caldas, is locally known because of its Ferias de la Colación, celebrated every two years (for seven years) in July, in the traditional bridge of San Pedro y San Pablo.

This municipality has an altitude of 1,183 metersabove sea level. Average temperature: 26º C
Vivero 4.31 0.82 19% 500.000

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Crops

(Production Units)

We have our crops in 12 municipalities of Colombia, which allows us to know and fully control each phase of our avocados’ process and also to guarantee the availability of the fruit during most of the year.

Altitud 1328 metros sobre el nivel del mar Temperatura media: 28º C
Department Municipality Description Orchard´s name Total Area (HA) Forest area (HA) % of forest HA
Antioquia Amagá Altitude 1591 meters above sea level Average temperature: 22º C El Imperio 70,00 35,60 51%
Caramanta Altitude 2050 meters above sea level Average temperature: 16º C La Cumbre 108,41 39,26 36%
La Toma 97,63 36,52 37%
La Arabia 57,34 15,78 28%
La Pastora 44,04 12,68 29%
Jericó Altitude 1910 meters above sea level Average temperature: 24º C La Mama 268,37 83,81 31%
Las Camelias 30,95 7,29 24%
La Granja 11,02 1,79 16%
Las Brisas 55,48 18,11 33%
La Hermosa 66,62 17,90 27%
Rionegro Altitude 2130 meters above sea level Average temperature: 18,5º C La Escondida 14,39 2,20 15%
Sonsón Altitude 2475 meters above sea level Average temperature: 13º C La Aleja 107,20 32,16 30%
Támesis Altitude 1638 meters above sea level Average temperature: 25º C San Francisco 142,63 40,90 29%
Pirineos 297,34 95,06 32%
Valparaíso Santana 121,11 28,74 24%
La Suiza 173,36 39,35 23%
Caldas Aranzazu Altitude 1920 meters above sea level Average temperature: 19º C San José 196 59,61 30%
Santa Elena 99,73 32,77 33%
Altomira 85,53 36,18 42%
Planes 204,65 52,91 26%
Miraflores 121,84 53,52 44%
Corozal 116,01 28,17 24%
El Roble 223 66 30%
Anserma Altitude 1790 meters above sea level Average temperature: 22º C El Sinaí 224,5 89,7 40%
Riosucio Altitude 1783 meters above sea level Average temperature: 23º C Tres Cruces 124,16 41,51 33%
Guática Altitude 1820 meters above sea level Average temperature: 21º C Villa Laura 31,67 4,6 29%
Huertos Alto Bonito 231,68 9,31 30%
Playa Rica 77,75 69,92 23%
La Unión 23,95 17,75 27%
La Teresita 21 6,36 9%
El Bosque 8,32 1,9 12%
La Montañita 21,65 1,04 30%