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Kick off 2012 by Experiencing the Wines of Chile and France

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Independence Visitor Center
One North Independence Mall West
6th & Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106

To register, click here.

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and the French-American Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to showcase wines that reflect the beauty, character and diversity of Chile and France. On the evening of Thursday, January 26, enjoy a variety of Chilean and French wines, appetizers, business networking and raffle prizes.

Please RSVP by Monday, January 23. Space is limited and you must RSVP to attend.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Eisen at seisen@greaterphilachamber.com or 215-790-3627

Click here to view pictures from past events

2011 "Friend of Chile" Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Hundreds Gather to Honor Chile's Special Connections with Pennsylvania and the Business Innovator Who Made it Possible

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

[Philadelphia, PA] Many of the city’s most influential business leaders gathered at the prestigious Union League of Philadelphia for award ceremonies honoring Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett and the world’s largest Chilean grape importer and international business innovator, Peter Kopke, Sr. The Chilean American Chamber of Commerce honored Governor Corbett with their Fourteenth Annual Friend of Chile Award. He represents the generations of Pennsylvanians who secure, ship, transport and enjoy the international fruits and produce that come through the Ports of the Delaware River from Chile. The Friend of Chile Award is a tribute to the Commonwealth’s international diplomacy and its four decades-long relationship with Chile.

Governor Corbett outlined the many ties between his state and the South American agricultural powerhouse. He also spoke fondly and painted vivid recollections of his time spent in Chile, visiting his daughter when she was a student at the University of Santiago. He recounted Pennsylvania’s successful efforts helping to free trapped miners in Chile’s mountains. The governor said that kind of aid and understanding demonstrates the depth of the bonds between us.

“In this room we have citizens of two of the oldest democracies in the Western Hemisphere. We appreciate the fact that free trade markets are made by free people. And we are true friends. The commercial alliance between Chile and Pennsylvania has opened the gates of prosperity for the people in both lands.” Corbett continued, “It is the foundation for peace and it is the bridge to a lasting relationship. I want to make sure that continues and make sure this port continues to grow.”

Concurring with remarks made by Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Stack and the President of the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce, Robert Palaima, the Governor said, “I am committed to the Port of Philadelphia.” Corbett also noted the historic importance of the Philadelphia Port dating back to the founding of the United States. He said he is asking the federal government to continue the dredging of the Delaware River, to insure its continued strength and viability. Corbett concluded, “I am committed to making this port the best port on the East Coast.”

His Excellency Arturo Fermandois, Chile’s Ambassador to the United States, joined the Chamber in offering congratulations and spoke of the strong relationship between his country and the people of Pennsylvania. He noted the extraordinary efforts of Peter Kopke, Sr. in these diplomatic efforts.

Peter Kopke Sr., the President of William H. Kopke Jr. Incorporated, received the Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his five decades of work pioneering the Chilean grape business in the United States. Today his company is the largest importer of Chilean grapes worldwide. Kopke’s vision and ingenuity broke the grip of ‘Winter’ making the miracle of year-round fruit a reality for the Greater Philadelphia region and the nation. The effort has also created jobs throughout the Delaware Valley. Leo Holt, President of Holt Logistics and Barbara Hunter of Western Industries discussed Kopke’s profound contributions to the Chilean and American fruit trade, his vision, consummate diplomatic skills and the pivotal position he created for the Ports of the Delaware River.

In receiving the award, Kopke told the three hundred business leaders in attendance, for all of his work and that of his father, he is also extremely pleased with the work of his sons, Peter, Jr. and William. He detailed the innovations they are bringing to the scene. He spoke of Peter’s designing a computer program to handle the huge amount of details generated by millions of boxes of fruit on four continents, through 17 countries, his international legal expertise, along with William’s ability to finesse complex business deals through-out the Kopke spheres of influence “in ways far beyond his years.” Peter, Sr. also mentioned all the various key players in the firm, going back to its earliest days. He explained the political turbulence Chile experienced in the 1970s; the upheaval, uncertainty and danger. He recounted the days of no refrigeration, then no climate control, the days of working with ‘Handsome Heshie’ and the firm’s ‘truckologist’ figuring ways to tame rural roads all over the world. Kopke said, “This team enabled me and our firm to achieve the position we enjoy today. I have great affection for all of those that I have mentioned and for those who started with me in the beginning and are no longer here. In conclusion, I would say my greatest wish – is to do it all over again.”
The hardy applause became a standing ovation.

Ricardo Maldonado, the Executive Director of the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce said, “It is the trailblazing work of Peter Kopke Sr. coupled with the care of Governor Corbett that creates and continues the strong bonds of friendship between Chile, the Greater Philadelphia region and our state. Chile has never had a more appreciative set of friends, than the ones they have in Pennsylvania.”

The Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia is a non-profit, member-based organization created to foster, increase and improve commercial and trade relations between the Republic of Chile and the Greater Philadelphia Region.

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2011 Annual Fall Workshop-Enhancement of Chilean Fresh Fruit Trade Operations

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The Navy Yard
5101 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19112

What to expect in the upcoming Chilean fresh fruit season?

Join us to participate in an interactive experience with colleagues, port representatives and government officials to review trade, technical, legal, regulations and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware River Region. Don’t miss out!

Panelists:

Dennis Rochford
President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River & Bay

Darryl Moore
USDA/APHIS/PPQ

Bill Madara
Officer in Charge, USDA Agricultural Marketing Services, Fresh produce Branch

Kim Campbell
Investigator, Food and Drug Administration

Hal Fingerman
Chief, CBP Agriculture Specialist, Area Port of Philadelphia
Department of Homeland Security

Edward Fitzgerald
Philadelphia Import Operations, OHL Global Freight Management and Logistics

John Ercolani
Philadelphia Import Operations, OHL Global Freight Management and Logistics

Bruce Cahan
Officer in Charge Philadelphia, USDA/APHIS/PPQ

To register, click here.

There is no charge for CACC members to attend, however, attendance is limited and reservations are required.

For more information please contact Stephanie Eisen at seisen@greaterphilachamber.com or 215-790-3627.

Presented By:Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
Sponsored By:Asoex Chilean Fresh Fruit Association
Delaware River Stevedores, Inc. GloboFruit
Holt Logistics Corp Holzworth & Kato, PC
Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay Diamond State Port Corporation
Western Fumigation

14th Annual "Friend of Chile" Award Luncheon

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Union League of Philadelphia
140 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Chilean Wine Reception
12:00–2:00 p.m. Luncheon and Ceremony

CACC Member $100 | Non-Member $150 | Designated Corporate Table $1,250

Please join us as we celebrate and recognize the strong and deep commercial and trade partnership between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

FRIEND OF CHILE AWARD

The Honorable Tom Corbett

Governor of Pennsylvania

The “Friend of Chile” Award is presented annually to an outstanding member of the regional community who has strong commitment to fostering trade between this region and Chile. The Chamber is pleased to present this award to Governor Corbett.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Peter Kopke Sr.

President

William H. Kopke Jr. Inc.

Peter Kopke Sr., President of William H. Kopke Jr. Inc., helped to pioneer the Chilean grape business in the United States during the 1960s. Today, William H. Kopke Jr. Inc. is the largest importer of Chilean grapes in the world. The Chamber is honored to recognize the leadership and outstanding contributions of Mr. Kopke to the Chilean and American fruit trade partnership.

SPECIAL GUESTS

Mike Stack

PA State Senator

His Excellency Arturo Fermandois

Ambassador of Chile to the United States

To register for this event, click here.

For more information contact Stephanie Eisen at seisen@greaterphilachamber.com or 215-790-3627.

Presented by:

Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

Presenting Sponsors:

Western Fumigation

Holt Logistics
WHK Imports Wines of Chile
ProChile

¡Gracias!

The Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce and the members of the Board of Directors would like to thank the following companies for their support, which makes the 14th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award Luncheon possible.

Atlantic Subsea, Inc.

Chilean Fresh Fruit Association

Compliance Management International

CSAV North America

Dayka & Hackett, LLC

Delaware River Stevedores, Inc.

Dole

Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc.

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Holt Logistics Corp

Holzworth & Kato, PC

Keystone Appraisal Company

Manfredi Cold Storage & Distribution, Inc.

Mattioni, Ltd.

Murphy Marine Services, Inc.

OHL Global Freight Management and Logistics

Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

Pilots’ Association for the Bay & River Delaware

Port of Wilmington

Royal Fumigation, Inc.

Unifrutti of America, INC.

Western Industries

William H. Kopke Jr. Inc.

Wines of Chile

Celebrate Fall with the Wines of Chile Experience

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Pyramid Club
1735 Market Street, 52nd Floor
Philadelphia , PA 19103

CACC Member$ 30 | Non-Member $50

The Pyramid Club and the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to showcase wines that reflect the beauty, character and diversity of Chile. On the evening of Thursday, October 20, enjoy a variety of Chilean wines, appetizers, business networking and raffle prizes. Please join us and discover how the Wines of Chile are reaching new heights!

Guest Speaker: Lori Tieszen, Executive Director of Wines of Chile

To register, click here.

For more information or to RSVP by phone call 215-790-3627.

Presented by:Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia start-up-chile
With the support of:Wines of Chile Los Vascos
Cono Sur Matetic
EQ

5th International Investment Forum – Chile: Investment Opportunities for Mining Suppliers

Monday, June 27th, 2011

October 17th – 20th, 2011
Santiago, Chile

InvestChile from Corfo is pleased to invite you to the 5th International Forum ”Chile: Investment Opportunities for Mining Suppliers” that will be carried out between the 17th and 20th of October 2011.

During the event, there will be many local and foreign representatives from markets such as North America, Oceania, Africa, Latin America and Europe, in search of direct or joint investment opportunities in this sector.

InvestChile from Corfo is organizing the fifth version of this forum in order to promote the installation of technologically advanced projects in Chile to take advantage of the conditions that the country offers to manufacture, integrate, assemble and provide services to the mining sector.

InvestChile is interested in all those companies that intend to invest or that, have a concrete project or are looking for a Chilean counterpart.

In order to participate in the forum, all companies must fill a registration form providing details of about the investment project to be developed.

If you need the application form or further information, please contact:

José Andrés Herrera
Email: jherrera@corfo.cl.com
Mining Suppliers Program
Investment Attraction Management Office
Business Development Management, Corfo
Address: Moneda 921 Of. 726, Santiago, Chile
Tel: (56 2) 631 8789 / (56 2) 631 8711

PA Governor Corbett to receive "Friend of Chile Award"

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Save the Date!

Thursday, November 10, 2011
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Chilean Wine Reception
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Program and Luncheon

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Friend of Chile Award
The Honorable Tom Corbett
Governor of Pennsylvania

The Friend of Chile Award is presented annually to an outstanding member of the regional community who has strong commitment to fostering trade between this region and Chile. The Chamber is pleased to present this award to Governor Corbett.

Lifetime Achievement Award
William H. Kopke Jr. Inc.

William H. Kope Jr. Inc (WHK), under the leadership of Peter Kopke, Sr., helped to pioneer the Chilean grape business in the United States in the 1960s. Today, WHK is the largest importer of Chilean grapes in the world. Mr. Peter Kopke, Jr., President of William H. Kope Jr. Inc., will receive the award at this year’s luncheon.

To learn more about this award program and sponsorship opportunities available for your organization, please contact Ricardo Maldonado at rmaldonado@greaterphilachamber.com or call 215-790-3769.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic event as we celebrate the strong commercial and trade partnership between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

To see pictures from last year’s award luncheon, click here.

Past recipients of the Friend of Chile Award include:
Eugene Bailey, The Diamond State Port Corporation and the Port of Wilmington
Leo Holt, Holt Logistics Corp.
Ruth Ann Minner, Then-Governor of the State of Delaware
Robert Palaima, Delaware River Stevedores
Michael J. Stack, Pennsylvania State Senator
George Sibley, Barthco International
Andreas Economou, Unifrutti of America
James McDermott, Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
Thomas J. Holt, Sr. Holt Logistics Corp.
Barbara Hunter, Western Fumigation
Jack Pandol, Pandol Brothers Inc.
William Kopke, William H. Kopke, Jr. Inc.

6th Annual "Experience the Taste of Chile" Wine Tasting and Dinner

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner & Program

Special Guests:

  • His Excellency Arturo Fermandois, Ambassador of Chile to the US*
  • Christopher Coons, US Senator for Delaware
  • Bryan Silbermann, President & CEO, Produce Marketing Association

Don’t miss this special evening where we will enjoy and discover a wide range of wines from the long, thin country that many refer to as winemakers’ paradise, coupled with a gourmet dinner highlighting Chilean culinary delicacies, raffles and live music.

Please join us as we reinforce the exceptional economic and trade relationship between the Delaware River Valley and the Republic of Chile.

For more information, please contact Jaime Scofield at (215) 790-3627 or jscofield@greaterphilachamber.com.

 

An Open Letter to the American People from the Friends of Chile

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

What happened in Chile matters here. On Feb. 27, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded took the lives of nearly 1000 Chileans and caused $30 billion in damage to Chilean roads and ports. Most of that damage was concentrated in the central and south of Chile at the peak of the Chilean fruit harvest. Over 200 powerful aftershocks, with more to come, have continued to rock the country.

As usual, the American government and people responded immediately. President Obama offered U.S. resources to help in the rescue and recovery efforts. Secretary of State Clinton touched down in Santiago a few days later and reiterated President Obama’s pledge to extend a helping hand once a request had been made by the Chilean people. Both the Senate and the House passed resolutions endorsing the President’s pledge of assistance.
You, the American people, did not wait for an official request. Many of you opened your hearts and your checkbooks by making generous contributions to international organizations like the Red Cross. The people of California, who have an unusually strong trade and cultural relationship with Chile and who also understand earthquakes, were especially generous. For all of the generosity of the American people, financial and spiritual, the people of Chile are grateful.

Ports in southern California and the Delaware River region on the east coast have been involved in bringing fresh fruit from Chile to the United States from December through April of each year. Chile is the largest supplier of fresh fruit during those months before any fresh fruit is available from Mexico and Southern California.

A broad coalition of companies, civic organizations and port authorities from across the country – joined by the International Longshoreman’s Association and supported by Wal-Mart, Costco and other major grocery stores — petitioned U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to suspend for up to 20 days in April trade restrictions on all table grapes imported from Chile. This is a way of helping the independent and resourceful people of Chile help themselves, a hand up instead of a hand out.

And it helps the American consumer as well. If the trade restrictions stay in place, the supply of fruit from Chile will end well before fresh fruit is available from other places. You may have noticed the effect at your grocery store where prices for table grapes are already 50 to 75 percent higher than last year at this time. Those prices will go even higher as the supply is cut off.

The effect on the relatively poorer Chileans – about 300,000 workers – who were hit hardest by the quake will be even more severe. They depend on the fruit harvest and its export to the United States for their livelihood and to get back on their feet. A proud people, they would much prefer to get a helping hand than a hand out.
We ask the American people to join us to help the people of Chile help themselves. If you agree with us, e-mail the United States Department of Agriculture at Karen.S.Ross@usda.gov or Ed.Avalos@usda.gov and send a copy to your Congressman.

THIS MATTER IS URGENT. USDA NEEDS TO MAKE ITS DECISION NOW IF THE CHILEAN HARVEST IS TO BE SAVED.

To see the Petition and the entire list of supporters go to www.chileanfreshfruit.org or www.caccgp.com.