Fumigation veteran to receive Chilean lifetime achievement award

On Oct. 28, the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia planned to present consultant Barbara Hunter, owner and principal of BHA Consults LLC, its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for being a champion of the Chilean fruit industry. 

The awards are part of the inaugural Oct. 24-28 Chile Week USA activities which included a delegation of Chilean business and political leaders who also visited New York and Miami and partnered with U.S. interests in promoting the country’s products.

The 19th yearly “Friend of Chile” awards luncheon in Philadelphia and other events were designed to showcase Chile’s global export advantages and opportunities, according to a news release.

One of the first Friend of Chile recipients in 2000, Hunter was lauded for her commitment and dedication to Chile’s fruit industry.

The Green Brook, N.J.-based Hunter began working for Western Industries, a fumigation company, in 1976 as marketing director and in 2012 formed her consultancy.

She first traveled to Chile in 1983.

“An innovator and a steadfast champion for Chilean Fruit interests, one of her endeavors was the creation of The Food Safety and Security Program for port terminals,” Western officials said in the release. “That program was initiated just prior to the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. This was the first program of its type in the country, and it positioned the port terminals where Western provided USDA Quarantine treatments, to take a leadership role in the new security measures to come which would impact port operations.”

Hunter has received numerous awards, including in 2005 being recognized by the Chilean Exporters Association for her “valuable contribution in the development of the fresh produce industry.”

In 2009, she became the first woman to receive the “Spirit of the Port” award by the Philadelphia ports community.

Hunter remains active in Philadelphia’s Delaware River port community and has been recognized by Chile’s ambassador. 

Western created a “Woman of Distinction” award to honor her accomplishments.

The group also honored a New Jersey state senator.