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AGRIBUSINESS REPORT: Latin America from a New Zealand prospective

AGRIBUSINESS REPORT “While some of the industries may be 20 years behind Western Countries, they’re not going to take 20 years to catch up,” said Matt Macfie, of Gallagher based in New Zealand. This epitomises the approach of the increasing number of New Zealand agricultural businesses with involvement in Latin America, many of whom deliver value propositions to the South American agricultural industry which aim to lift performance and productivity to parallel New Zealand farming standards.…

Latin American Economic Outlook for 2015

Latin American Economic Outlook for 2015 The Latin American Economic Outlook is the OECD Development Centre’s annual analysis of economic developments in Latin America. This edition’s focus is on the role of education, skills and innovation and published on www.latameconomy.org, a very resourceful site for information on Latin America You can consult the country notes for a quick overview of recent trends and policy changes in education of 10 Latin American countries. You can also read the entire…

Air New Zealand prepares its new Asian links with Latin America

Air New Zealand prepares its new Asian links with Latin America Air New Zealand announced in December last year that it will operate direct Boeing 777-200 transpolar flights to Buenos Aires from Auckland on a code-share basis with Aerolíneas Argentinas as from December, 2015. The airline recently informed LANZBC that it has achieved Branch Registration in Argentina, which is a major step in doing business with the region.  The airline also confirmed that that we can expect to see more coverage of Buenos…

Argentine Malbec conquers world markets

Malbec conquers was originally planted by the Romans in southwest France nearly 2,000 years ago, but the Malbec grape has long left its European roots behind. Today, it is the signature varietal of Argentina and one of the world’s fastest-growing and best-loved wines. To toast its ascent and future prospects, Wines of Argentina, an industry exporters’ group, has declared this Sunday “Malbec World Day” and is organising wine tastings from Armenia to Australia, and from Serbia to Shanghai. Malbec has…

Bad News for the Freedom of the English Press in Argentina

The Buenos Aires Herald has fallen into the hands of a group close to President Cristina Fernandez The Indalo Media group which according to Argentine media belongs to businessman Cristobal Lopez, very close to the Kirchner family has purchased 60% of the Ambito editorial group which includes among others the financial daily Ambito, the Buenos Aires Herald and El Ciudadano from Rosario.  The takeover was confirmed by Orlando Vignatti, the previous owner of the group that now becomes partner of gambling tycoon…

Soprole – Chile was Fonterra’s early footprint in South America

New Zealand’s Fonterra is one of the world’s largest milk producers. One-third of this production comes from overseas countries. The two major suppliers are Chile and Australia but with China catching up very quickly. Unlike the other countries that Fonterra operates, in China they own the farms direct rather than just buying the milk from farmers. In In Chile Fonterra owns a company called Soprole originally in partnership with the Catholic Church but now stands alone with full ownership. It is the largest…