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We tried Beyond Meat in China. Did anyone else?

It was a little hard to find Beyond Meat’s limited edition veggie burgers. It was really hard to find Chinese customers eating them. In China’s consumer culture, “limited offers” from globally-recognized brands have the distinct potential to command long queues and consumer frenzy on levels associated overseas only with hardcore Star Wars fans.  The collaboration between the buzzy American plant-based meat company Beyond Meat and fast-food giant Yum China did not command anything near those…

Containing Coronavirus – Paraguay’s Surprise Success

For a country with a young population and bright future, it’s striking how fixated Paraguay is with the past. The War of the Triple Alliance, an uneven battle that pitted Paraguay against Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay from 1864 to 1970, still shapes political discussions today. The war was notable for its incredible ferocity – judged by deaths per Paraguay’s population it was the most brutal in world history – and the courageous yet doomed defiance of the Paraguayans. But more importantly for investors,…

Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina get best marks in Latin America for the pandemic response – poll

Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina are the Latin American countries that earned the best grades for their response to the coronavirus, according to a poll conducted in the region and released on Friday, while Brazil was tagged as the worst performer.  The survey by the consulting firm Trespuntozero, to which Reuters had exclusive access, shows that in eight of the 10 countries in which the study was conducted, the respondents considered Uruguay one of the best controllers of the pandemic.  According to the…

Millionaires in Latin America Weigh Moving to Sidestep Tax Grab

Millionaires across Latin America are looking to leave their home countries as governments strive to fix public finances battered by the Covid-19 pandemic with higher taxes on the wealthy.  Some are ready to move, with families in tow, as far as Portugal. Others prefer jurisdictions closer to home, such as Panama and Uruguay, which are positioning themselves as convenient locations for the emigrant rich. “When wealth taxes are on the rise and legal certainty is being undermined it leads the families…

PERCEPTIONS ON DOING BUSINESS IN LATIN AMERICA: CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM FOR FUTURE GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITIES

In June 2020, the Biz Latin Hub team launched a survey asking for information about individuals’ perceptions about doing business in Latin America. We received a range of responses from 75 business owners, executives, government officials and other specialists operating in over 40 countries worldwide. 57.3% of respondents are considering expanding into the region in the future, with many expressing cautious optimism at economies’ abilities to bounce back after the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out what…

Does the climate crisis threaten Latin America’s food production model?

As a global food supplier, the region must adapt land use to combat climate change, new IPCC report says With the largest amount of cultivatable land in the world, Latin America plays a key role in global food production. The region has experienced significant agricultural expansion in the last 50 years, increasing the cultivated area from 560 to 740 million hectares – with devastating environmental consequences. Much land today is deforested or degraded and its biodiversity decimated. Preventing further…

POST-COVID-19 PANDEMIC: WHAT’S IT MEAN FOR AGRICULTURE?

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What’s ahead for agriculture after COVID-19? COULD THERE BE A CROP COVID? Before the COVID-19 outbreak, massive pandemics seemed relegated to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. So, could a COVID equivalent happen today in crops? There have been some ominous signs in recent years. In 2005, Asian soybean rust (which originated in Japan in 1902) ravaged Brazilian soybeans. Citrus greening (which has placed the future of U.S. citrus crops at risk) is caused by a bacterium spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. This…

The artificial-food debate has lost sight of the fundamental biological and physical sciences

In recent months Professor Keith Woodford has received many emails asking if he has seen the RethinkX report demonstrating how in ten years’ time animal proteins will have been largely replaced by artificial foods. By 2030, demand for cattle products will supposedly have fallen by 70%. At that time the global grasslands can be returned to nature. This is his response. Then this last week the emailers have been asking if I have seen George Monbiot’s report in The Guardian on how artificial…

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We offer South American real estate investment opportunities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Click on the Red Links above for our latest options. We know buying South American Real Estate has specific rules for foreign citizens, rules we are familiar with and have worked with extensively. This is why we have created a programme to guide international buyers through the whole process of purchasing real estate in South America, from finding properties for sale to helping clients comply…

The Green Option in Paraguay for Diesel Replacement

Paraguay is one of the few countries in South America in which investors can purchase and hold land directly and in any desired legal structure (which is not possible for example in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay). Under the program, an investment structure purchases cattle land in the Paraguay Chaco. Investancia provides high-level Paraguayan government support, references and land title guarantees for the land developments. They also apply for the small farmer and indigenous population support programs. The…

The Future is here Now

Our children and grandchildren should read this and understand what will change as the future is here now. They must  keep their eyes open for opportunities and maybe leave law school before it is too late!! From Udo Gollub after the Singularity University Summit: This makes one think of the coming possibilities… In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen…

NEW LEGAL ENTITY IN PARAGUAY: SIMPLIFIED SHARES COMPANY (EAS)

Find out about the new legal entity in Paraguay – the EAS, or Simplified Shares Company – and what this entity can offer business owners entering the market. Paraguay is one of the most underrated jurisdictions in Latin America for doing business. The country has demonstrated astonishing annual rates of economic growth, averaging around 4% between 2015-2017 and increasingly diversifying market opportunities, including blossoming agricultural, service and mining sectors. Although it is enticing, it can be…

Savills Food Security Index measures how well a country provides sufficient, safe and healthy food

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Understanding food security has never been more critical. Climate change and extreme weather were testing food systems to their limits even before Covid-19 closed borders and shook labour availability. To give investors global context, Savills Food Security Index ranks 38 countries based on four pillars of food security: availability, access, utilisation and stability. Availability Ensuring an adequate supply of food. Greater weighting is given to domestic production due to reduced exposure to disruptive international…

Pricing International Farmland

Farmland has been proven to deliver strong returns over time with its low volatility and its little correlation with other asset classes and the broader global economic cycle. Since 2001, U.S. farmland prices have risen by 6.8% p.a.,1while farmland in Poland has risen by 11.8% p.a. and in Brazil by 12.9% p.a. (in local currency terms). These return characteristics are proving attractive to many investors by providing diversification to their portfolios. Cropping farmland value is a function of farm income and…

Paraguay’s Finance Minister Explains How His Country Can Cope with Covid-19

How will your tax reform improve the system? Benigno López: I believe it was Churchill that said when you think about future generations you are doing the right thing. Well the benefits of this reform will be felt by my successor and the next government of Paraguay because it will take up to five years for it to achieve its full effect. Don’t get me wrong, the state’s tax take will increase next year, but there are many different mechanisms that this law improves and it will be between three to five…
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