Sweet lupine (Lupinus albus L.) is a legume widely planted in the southern of Chile, it is used mainly for animal feed nutrition as a good protein source and in the recent years the exportation for human consumption in Middle East has gained relevance. For animal feed nutrition it is characterized for high protein content, up to 41-42% (dry matter) when used as grits (shelled lupine) and 35-39% when used as a whole grain. In the case of grits, the main market is aquaculture nutrition while the whole grains are used mainly for cattle feed. Food grade, exported, lupins are cleaned, sorted and classified, this allows lupine to be used directly in the different markets, achieving added value.
Empresas Agrotop entered the sweet lupine market since 2017, becoming one of the main players in Chile. Currently we participate in the grits market and in the export of selected food grade lupins. During 2019, the company reached a share of 30% of the total Chilean lupin exports.