Presentations from a recent Produce Marketing Association Fresh Connections: Chile event show promoted opportunities for fresh produce in South America’s emerging markets.

Expert presentations at the April 17 event in Santiago, Chile, covered global retail and consumer trends, market overviews, food safety, local production, logistics and imports, according to a May 16 news release from the Newark, Del.-based PMA.

PMA promotes opportunities in ChileUp to 340 industry professionals from all over the world including South America, Central America, Mexico and China were in attendance.

At PMA’s website, members interested in opportunities and strategies to grow business in South America’s emerging markets can view presentations from the event that include these topics:

  • overview of world retail analysis including retail trends covering the last 30 years, the evolution of global retailing and its effect on sourcing;
  • the Wal-Mart global sourcing strategy which covers regional operations and making business less transactional, more relationship based;
  • new opportunities in the Brazil market;
  • how the new Food Safety Modernization Act regulations will affect the supply chain;
  • how climate change in the Latin American agriculture includes new production opportunities for wine and apples.

“A look at Chile reveals strong institutions, a stable macroeconomic environment and transparent regulations, which make it Latin America’s most competitive economy,” PMA officials said in the news release. “Permanent efforts to reduce red tape, relatively low corporate tax rates and rising labor productivity also increase the ease of doing business in the country.”

PMA cites a report showing Chile regaining its place as the easiest country to do business in the Latin America and Caribbean region, according to the release.