Sun World International LLC is expanding its presence in South America and has hired Chilean grape breeder and agronomist Carolina Uquillas to help with those efforts as its licensing manager in Santiago, Chile.
As of Jan. 13, Uquillas assumed the responsibilities for Sun World’s fruit licensing business in Brazil, Chile and Peru, according to a company news release. Specifically she will handle proprietary varieties of grapes and stone fruit, which are essential to Sun World’s retail business, executive vice president David Marguleas said in the release.
For the past six years Uquillas led the Chilean government’s grape breeding program, developing new varieties, designing crosses and working closely with growers throughout Chile, according to the release.
Uquillas earned a doctorate in plant molecular biology from the Catholic University of Chile and subsequently attended the University of California’s Plant Breeding Academy.