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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…

2015 could find Uruguay Banks under Pressure

2015 could find Uruguay Banks under Pressure Fitch Ratings has revised its sector outlook for Uruguayan banks downwards to Stable from Positive. Fitch believes the sector’s growth and financial performance will be pressured in 2015 by declining gross domestic product (GDP) growth, possible increases of international interest rates and a further devaluation of the Uruguayan peso. The sector outlook could be revised to negative under a scenario of even lower profits and a deterioration on asset quality…

Are disruptive technologies like Airbnb and Uber creating another new black economy?

Are disruptive technologies like Airbnb and Uber creating another new black economy? It is called the “shared economy”. It has been embraced by millions of consumers globally, and has made multi-millionaires out of the savvy entrepreneurs behind its most high-profile services, like Uber and Airbnb. But for governments around the world, it has proved to be a difficult beat to police. The likes of Uber, the taxi industry disrupter, and Airbnb, the room-sharing service, have at times refused to play…

Legal Requirements for investing in Paraguay

PRESENTATION When doing business in Paraguay investors should consider various aspects of Paraguayan legislation. This document has been prepared to present an overview of Paraguayan law, addressing the areas that most frequently interest foreign investors. It does not provide an in-depth analysis of any of the laws, decrees or regulations, and thus in itself is not a sufficient basis for decision-making on investments. Information appearing here is current as of May 2011 and show be checked for updates. 2.…

The story of Argentine Malbec´s worldwide success

Argentine Malbec wine investors are benefiting from a new set of new consumers from Shanghai to New York that had quickly adopted Malbec as a favorite new wine. Disenchanted merlot drinkers found malbec to be a great substitute, and steak eaters searching for something to drink besides Cabernet Sauvignon, were pleased with how it paired with their favorite food. Thus Malbec gained traction and by early 2007 was growing rapidly from a small base. By 2009 it achieved a 50% growth rate in one year. Argentine Malbec´s …

Has China has become Latin America’s lender of last resort ?

Has China has become Latin America’s lender of last resort ? As soon as Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner landed in Beijing this week she began lauding new deals with what she called the world’s “No. 1 economy,” ranging from two proposed nuclear power plants to joint space exploration. With her country’s economy contracting and its supply of dollars dwindling, Fernandez arrived Monday looking for help from China, which has already lent Argentina $14 billion since…