Entering the US market with a new product is not an easy matter, nor does it take place in a matter of days. The Inca Trail achieved that goal with a seafood that, although it has its reputation in that nation, has entered this semester in a new presentation: dehydrated shrimp in a snack version.
Under three flavors, this innovation comes from a small plant set up in Zamora Chinchipe, which started two years ago producing only dehydrated meat snacks (dry and cured) for the local market.
Russian Evgeny Roginskiy, who arrived in Ecuador six years ago, is behind this development. With his chef and engineering knowledge and that of his wife, who is a nutritionist, they began to develop these value-added products.
"We started with dehydrated beef and pork, which are like ham and jerky, Spanish type, ready to eat," says the 37-year-old foreigner, who managed to place his production in supermarkets and airport stores.
In the assembly of the plant in Zamora Chinchipe they invested around 800,000 dollars to start this project. The firm has contracts for the supply of raw materials of up to 70 tons to be able to produce around one million units of products per year.