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Christoph Jakob Ehrbar: “We must aim more at the quality of the wine than to the quantity”

In 2001, Donald Hess decided to found Argentina’s oldest winery. He, a Swiss known worldwide for being a successful wine entrepreneur, already having vineyards in the United States, Australia and South Africa, but wanted to settle in South America. He went to Chile, but he found it too similar to Switzerland…

A snapshot of Argentine farming sectors changes

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Where agribusiness goes in Argentina, so does the country. The latest National Survey of Agricultural Producers (ENPA), was conducted the Agribusiness Centre of the Universidad Austral, in partnership with the Centre for Agribusiness at Purdue University (USA), reflects how the farming activity is changing in the view of many producers.  A new model,…

New varieties account for 11% of the 2017-18 Chilean table grape exports

With the Chilean table grape export season almost over, resulting in 731,851 tons up to week 25,  this figure is only 811 tons lower than the total exported in the previous season. This is is a good sign, certainly when considering the rains that affected the late varieties harvest in the Chilean central-south zone. Although major…

The Forestry industry in Argentina: Opportunities and challenges for this neglected sector

From the forests of the Provinces of Corrientes, Entre Rios and Misiones to a new building being constructed in Santa Fe, a bookstore in Tierra del Fuego or furniture in the shops of Buenos Aires, the forestry industry involves a number of dissimilar activities linked by the cycle of wood from the tasks of…

Argentina’s worst drought in 50 years has crushed the country’s cash flow

The economic activity in April fell 0.9% annualised and 2.7% in March, but with a production drop of 30% in agriculture and livestock. It is thought the degree of the drop could reflect the beginning of a short-term recession. The worst drought in 50 years struck negatively with economic activity in April, which fell 0.9%…

LatAm Investor – Latin America Loves Trade Deals

What happened? Chile, Mexico and Peru in March became members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The agreement reduces tariffs between 11 countries, including Japan and Canada, which amount to 13% of the global economy. Against the backdrop of President Trump’s withdrawal from the deal and doubts over the future of NAFTA, the CPTPP…

Technology and its distruptive impact on the real estate industry

What is the transformative impact of technology for Real Estate Brokers . “Real Estate Agents will not be replaced by technology …. they will be replaced by agents with technology.” – Peter Williams – CEO of Deloitte Digital The principle here is that the real estate industry is not in imminent danger of…

Harvard’s Endowment writes down huge losses in Brazilian Farmland

As of Q3 2017, Harvard’s endowment was valued at USD 37.1 billion. This ranked Harvard first out of 1,158 ranked university endowments in the United States. In its fiscal year which ended June 30, 2017, Harvard wrote down its natural resources portfolio 28 percent from USD 4 billion to USD 2.9 billion. This USD 1.1 billion write-down – or financial loss – occurred partly from Harvard’s…

Peru expects to export 15% more Hass avocados in 2018

Peru expects to export 10 to 15% more Hass avocados in the 2018 campaign than the 230 thousand tons it dispatched in the 2017 campaign. The president of the Hass Avocado Producers Association of Peru (ProHass), Daniel Bustamante Canny, said the volume dispatched would increase because of the new areas that would enter into production and the…

Falling prices at the beginning of the Chilean nut season

Exponut, is the biggest event of the Chilean walnut industry. It brings together more than 400 producers, exporters, suppliers, investors, and entrepreneurs from the nut sector each year and includes technical and commercial seminars, as well as the largest specialized exhibition in products, services, and machinery for that sector. Exponut…

Chile registers record foreign direct investment in first quarter

InvestChile, the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency, reports the South American country registered direct foreign investment flows of US$ 6,875 million in the first quarter of this year, according to figures published by the Chile Central Bank. The amount, which represents an increase of 167% compared to the same stretch of 2017,…

100,000m2 Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires is one of the largest in the world

The Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) is the largest cultural centre in Latin America and the third largest in the world. It occupies the entire building of the former central post and telegraph office  – one of the city’s most important historic buildings and an outstanding example of French second empire architecture.…

Chinese investment in Latin America

As São Paulo hosts the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2018, it is time to consider China’s important influence on economics and business in the region since the Forum’s last meeting in Brazil, in 2011. With foreign trade worth $4 trillion, China is the world’s most important trading country. Besides the US, it is also the most important trading partner for 100 countries, including…

Chinese start-ups turn to Latin America as new land of tech opportunities

Trend intensifies as Trump continues to insult Mexico ○ Chinese entrepreneurs are embracing opportunities in Latin America while mutual exchanges in technology and innovation increase ○ Some Latin American entrepreneurs are joining China’s competitive start-up landscape as China-Latin American trade grows The golden…

The United Kingdoms view on South America in 2018

Boris Johnson the British Foreign Secretary speaks about his recent trip to Latin America, and the unique opportunities the region presents for the UK. He said never have did he feel such a sense of mystery as he did last week when he gazed at the Pacific from the coast of Latin America – and we looked at each other, as the poet puts it, with a wild surmise. The mystery was what had taken…