Chilterra: A Dairy Farm in Chile

Chilterra dairy was a great New Zealand idea but has showed some  structural flaws. It is an equity partnership with some New Zealand minority owners along with a local Chilean owner called Ricardo Rios who has spent the first 25 years of his working life a computer programmer. Ricardo Rios is the majority shareholder and thus has effective control. The company has grown over time to have now over one hundred staff. It owns and operates six dairy farms on approx 1400 hectares and a further 2800 hectares of…

Chile’s farmland is still some of the most undervalued in the world

Chile’s farmland is still some of the most undervalued in the world In the world of investing, there’s a lot to be said for buying undervalued farm assets. Occasionally the market provides some incredible opportunities to pick up high quality assets so cheap that, to paraphrase acclaimed investor Jim Rogers, all you have to do is walk over and pick up the money lying in the corner. One of the benefits of traveling the world so extensively is that I’m constantly exposed to these sorts of opportunities.…

Who are the big Agriculture Producers in South America ?

  Who are the big Agriculture Producers in South America ? If there is one region in the world that competes with the U.S. as the world’s supplier of corn and soybeans, it is South America. There has been a significant surface expansion (mostly in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) in the last three decades,and there is a large amount of available land left in Brazil once the rainforests have been cleared. A study by Bain & Company, a Boston consultancy, forecasts that Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil,…

Disruptive technologies in agriculture could usher in artificial milk and beef

              Disruptive technologies in agriculture are coming your way very soon. Get ready or join the dinosaurs. Would you buy artificial milk or beef if the price was right? United States-based entrepreneur and Stanford University lecturer Tony Seba was in New Zealand on Tuesday for a workshop on disruption technologies, which are new ways of doing things that disrupt or overturn traditional business methods and practices. He focuses on entrepreneurship, disruption and…

South America limits access to its resources for foreigners

          South America limits access to its resources for foreigners? The country of Uruguay, sandwiched between South America’s largest economies Argentina and Brazil, is taking steps to protect its farmland from unregulated foreign investment which to date has been Argentina and Brazil. It’s a familiar story. Powerful countries with money to spend and mouths to feed look outside their own borders for agricultural land. But this time, it’s not only Europe or North America…

Chile the economic powerhouse of Latin America

          A Rising Star By Mike Konrad Chile is now seen as the economic powerhouse of Latin America. When I first started to seriously study South America ‐‐ from a mix of curiosity and an attempt to relearn the high school Spanish that I had forgotten lo those many decades ago ‐‐ I fixed on Argentina as the one South American country with the greatest historical potential. On paper, Argentina should be world power. In reality, it is turning out to be Chile. Chile is remembered…

Chilean Patagonia Torres del Paine National Park

Chilean Patagonia Torres del Paine National Park, is the best place in the world for outdoor activities according to Wikieplora Following three months of investigations in over thirty outdoor and trekking magazines, Wikiexplora portal made a list of the best world places. Wikiexplora is an on-line guide for these kinds of activities in Latin America. Out of sixty touring circuits, Torres del Paine was in first position with eight mentions out of nine. The ranking combines pristine scenery, infrastructure of…

Chile’s hazelnut boom

Chile’s hazelnut boom Chile’s 2011 hazelnut exports may only be less than 1% of world leader Turkey’s total annual production, but the South American country is looking to find opportunities with the crop in global markets. At www.freshfruitportal.com we speak with Grupo Hijuelas general manager Gaspar Goycoolea about the ‘explosive growth’ the industry is going through, and the challenges that come with it. Last calendar year Chilean hazelnut export values grew 146% year-on-year to US$16.6 million,…

Decanter magazine highlights Chile as a “wine producing paradise”

The U.K.-based Decanter magazine has focused on the growing wine culture in Chile, a country it deemed a “grape growing and wine producing paradise” due its geographical diversity. According to the magazine’s top oenologist, the 15 most prestigious vineyards in Chile include Altair, Errázuriz, Concha y Toro, Cono Sur and San Pedro, as well as lesser-known vineyards like Aristos, Calyptra, Polkura, Falernia and O. Fournier. Concha y Toro, Chile’s leading wine producer, “constantly produces excellent…

FATCA – America’s tax rort is exposed

The FATCA or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. This is one-sided law which forces other countries to enforce US tax laws. If they fail to do so, they’re effectively locked out of US markets and the US dollar – the world’s reserve currency (at least for now). FATCA imposes a 30% withholding tax on interest, dividends, rents, and similar payments leaving the US. The only way to avoid the tax is for foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to act as unpaid IRS informants. Withholding came into effect…

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…

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…

Chile’s Economy Rebounds as investor confidence returns

Chile’s Economy Rebounds as investor confidence returns The Imacec index, a proxy for gross domestic product, rose 2.9 percent from a year earlier, the central bank said, beating the 2 percent median forecast of 19 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Wages leaped 7.2 percent over the same period, the National Statistics Agency said in a separate report, the second-fastest pace since March 2009. Chile’s economy is showing the first signs of picking up following the slowest growth since the 2009 recession in…

KMPG’S Indirect Tax Guide to South America

KMPG’S Indirect Tax Guide to South America has been updated Here is a very informative indirect tax guide to doing Real Estate  business in Latin America done by KMPG. Always seek to quantify and qualify if there have been any recent changes.  (  believe me, there will have been ) About Gateway to South AmericaGateway to South America is an independent Brokerage and Advisory company committed to helping foreign investors to invest in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. ShareShareTweetWhatsAppEmail

Argentina outspends the rest of Latin America in education

Argentina outspends the rest of Latin America in education Argentina is one of the biggest investors in education throughout Latin America, according to an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study, which noted that Argentina allocated 6.3 percent of its GDP to education in 2012, compared to the five-percent average for the region and 5.6 percent for the OECD as a whole. The OECD is made up by an estimated 80 countries. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner praised the study yesterday,…
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