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A Toast to Twenty Five: Wines of Chile Experience

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Registration
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Program

In 2013, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia celebrates 25 Years of contributing to the progress and economic strength of the Philadelphia Region. Our list of new friends and business connections continue to grow at record pace; and we are inviting all the time to celebrate the Chamber’s anniversary.

Please join the Chamber’s Board of Directors and special guests to kick off 2013 by enjoying a variety of Chilean wines, appetizers, business networking and raffle prizes.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this unique event, and show your support for the work the the Chamber does to keep the commercial and business tie between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region strong – let’s celebrate together!

$55/person for CACC Members
$75/person for Non-Members

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We look forward to your response by Wednesday, January 31. For more information, contact Mary Vercillo at 215-790-3627 or mvercillo@greaterphilachamber.com

Delaware Governor and Chilean Ambassador Celebrate First Chilean Fruit Shipment of 2012-2013 Season

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell welcomed Chilean Ambassador Felipe Bulnes and several Chilean entrepreneurs to the Port of Wilmington on Monday for the third annual Chilean fruit shipment to the state. The first shipment of Chilean winter fruit arrived to the U.S. onboard Pacific Seaways’s (PSW) chartered refrigerated breakbulk vessel.

“We are excited and honored that Delware’s seaport is the doorway through which Chilean fruit enters into North American homes this holiday season”  Markell said. He added, “Our robust bilateral trade and long and strong friendship with Chile create many good jobs and stimulates the economies on both sides of the equator and we are working to continue growing it into the future.”

Delaware’s Port of Wilmington oversaw 15.9 million cases of Chilean fruit estimated to value $600 million during the 2011-2012 season. On Monday, Markell tweeted that the shipment of Chilean fruits to Delaware supports 750 jobs at the port alone. “The Port of Wilmington Delaware produces jobs, revenue & fresh fruit that would otherwise be unavailable this time of yr. True win-win for Delawareans”; Markell tweeted.

The fruit trade between Chile and Delaware “generates $40 million in personal income, $42 million in business revenue and $4 million in tax revenue for the State and the region.”

Chilean Ambassador Felipe Bulnes attended the event with fellow Chileans Ronald Bown, President of Exporters Association (ASOEX), and Francisco Labarca, Executive Director of Pacific Seaways.”We are gathered here today to commemorate the strong fruit trade partnership that exists between Chile and the state of Delaware, reflected by the arrival of the first vessel of the 2012/2013 season carrying Chilean fruit at the Port of Wilmington, on of the main gateways in the East Coast for shipments of Chilean fresh fruit”; Bulnes said.

He added, “Over the past decades this industry has been one of the most dynamic and innovative sectors of the Chilean economy and the US is the main destination market for our agricultural products. We look forward to further strengthening the relationship between Chile and the State of Delaware.”

Monday’s shipment included almost 6,600 pallets of table grapes, blueberries, peaches, cherries, nectarines, apricots and plums.

Photos from Event

Record-Breaking Crowd Honors Chilean- American Business Pioneers

Friday, November 30th, 2012

A record-breaking capacity-crowd of over 320 international business people, the maritime community, consular corps and well wishers packed the ballroom of Philadelphia’s Union League, saluting this year’s honorees at the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce- 15th Annual Friend of Chile Award ceremonies.

In his opening remarks, Chamber president Robert Palaima said Chilean & American economic developments continue to be one of the world’s most positive international news stories.

“As the needs of Chile’s technical, mining and agri-businesses continue to grow,” he said, “so do American businesses, taking part in this extraordinary 21st century success story.”

Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Stack took the occasion to commend the Chamber’s ingenuity and diplomatic
skills. In his remarks, he emphasized the vital role the Ports of the Delaware River play in Chilean and American economic success. Senator Stack also delivered good news about improving the Ports’ ability to attract even more world-wide business, detailing the operation to deepen the port’s channels by five feet.

Introducing the Chilean Ambassador to the United States, Bob Palaima noted His Excellency, Felipe Bulnes has already spent a lot of time in the States while at Harvard Law School. Ambassador Bulnes had high praise for the Chamber’s international work, noting it’s one of the most successful Chambers in the U-S and longstanding relationships make that a reality”

During last year’s Friend of Chile Award ceremony, Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett said he’d like to go to Chile. And just days before this event, came the announcement that he is booking the trade mission for mid-April of 2013.

Ambassador Bulnes, made special note of Governor Corbett’s newly announced plans to visit Chile, saying he was extremely pleased and looking forward to the visit of the Pennsylvania delegation.

The Ambassador was highly impressed with the work of the two award recipients David Schiro, of Jac. Vandenberg Incorporated and Don Caldwell of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In his thanks, he expressed the appreciation of his entire nation for their innovative and pioneering efforts.

Visionary business leader,  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, Don Caldwell and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art’s Bacchanal! Wine Committee were given the Chamber’s Pablo Neruda Award. Their annual Bacchanal! and Wine Auction have evolved into a premiere philanthropic event, promoting cross-cultural understanding through a shared appreciation of Chilean wine and viticulture.

In his introduction, Robert Palaima recounted the efforts made by then-Academy Board Chairman Don Caldwell, describing a winning partnership where tradition, innovation and philanthropy work together securing fine art and artists, for centuries to come. PAFA’s one-day wine auction has now evolved into a weekend of highly successful events which are some of the most sought-after tickets in town, generating profound societal benefits, preserving the nation’s first art museum, oldest teaching academy and creating scholarships for future artists.

The Chamber’s prestigious Friend of Chile Award was presented to pioneering Chilean fruit importer David
Schiro.

As the president of the venerable import firm, Jac. Vandenberg Incorporated, David Schiro has helped make history and been a witness to history, in his 38 years with the company. He has seen the Republic of Chile go through all manner of profound societal changes, from earthquakes to transforming desert into lush farmland, then developing world-class produce and distribution strategies. Schiro has played a key role in helping expand the international market for Chilean fruit and watched its phenomenal trajectory into a worldwide leader and economic powerhouse. Chile is No. 14 in the world for food exports and rocketing toward the ‘Top Ten.’ Those numbers also mean well over 100,000 jobs from the farms of Chile to the docks of the Delaware River.

Leo Holt, of Holt Logistics, presented the Friend of Chile award to David Schiro, recounting examples of Schiro’s strength and rare ability to remain and create calm, even in the most hectic and heated circumstances.

Everyone there reveled in Chile’s modern-day, feel-good story of the ‘Little Engine that Could.’

Ricardo Maldonado, Executive Director of the Chilean & American Chamber said,“These are the kinds of alliances and success that insure a better future for everyone. With the academy of fine arts and Chile, we have a wonderful example demonstrating that when the Arts and Business get together – the entire society is the really big winner. With David Schiro and Jac. Vandenberg, we see the mutual appreciation and benefits of a deep and enduring friendship. Chile and its North American partners are lighting the way.”

In a world too-often focused on turmoil, the Chilean & American story of international cooperation and expanding prosperity is a genuine inspiration.

In 2013, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce celebrates 25 Years of contributing to the progress and economic strength of the Philadelphia Region.

Click here to see pictures from the 2012 Friend of Chile Awards http://www.flickr.com/photos/38045208@N07/sets/72157632022231121/

15th Annual "Friend of Chile" Awards Luncheon Video

Friday, November 30th, 2012

15th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

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

At this year’s 15th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon, The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce presented international import pioneer, David Schiro, with their Friend of Chile Award. Noted civic leader Don Caldwell and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art’s Bacchanal! Wine Committee were honored with the Chamber’s Pablo Neruda Award. Both awardees have charted new territory in the realm of cultural bridge building and social innovation between nations. His Excellency Felipe Bulnes, Chile’s Ambassador to the United States, joined the Chamber in offering commendations to both honorees, along with Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Stack, who is noted for his long-time support of Chilean and Keystone state relations.

2012 “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Pennsylvania Governor is going to Chile in the spring of 2013!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Governor Tom Corbett will lead a delegation of Pennsylvania business, tourism and university leaders on a business development mission to Brazil and Chile next spring that will focus on creating new economic opportunities and job growth.

“Brazil and Chile are two of the world’s fastest growing economies and we have seen a growing interest in the market from Pennsylvania companies,” Corbett said. “Strengthening our trade relationship with these countries will lead to new business growth and jobs for Pennsylvanians.”

As part of the Governor’s Jobs First initiative, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is organizing the April 2013 jobs mission to Brazil and Chile in partnership with Team Pennsylvania Foundation. The trip will be paid for through private funding.

The mission will concentrate on growing the Pennsylvania economy and creating jobs through:

  • promoting our export market,
  • attracting foreign investment,
  • promoting Pennsylvania’s world class port system to increase traffic,
  • international student recruitment and
  • promoting Pennsylvania as a top destination for tourism.

“I am committed to creating an economic climate that positions Pennsylvania to compete for jobs in the U.S. and throughout the world,” Corbett said. “As the chief executive of the world’s 20th largest economy, I am leading this delegation to help open new opportunities for job growth.”

Brazil’s economy is currently the seventh largest in the world and the top economy in South America with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $2.08 trillion in 2011. Chile is the fifth largest economy in South America with a GDP of $212.7 billion.

Together, Brazil and Chile are Pennsylvania’s seventh largest export destination and recently, there has been an upward trend in exports to both countries. This past year alone, Pennsylvania’s Office of International Business Development has experienced an increase in activity from its trade clients in both markets.

In March 2012, Corbett led a business development mission to France and Germany. Over the course of six days, the delegation participated in meetings, seminars, events and business-to-business appointments. As a result, seven trade agreements are already under consideration and an estimated $1.25 million in new export sales have been generated.

Additionally, the mission generated 16 new investment leads and 10 active projects that have the potential to create more than 580 new jobs.

  • Hydrotechnik signed a lease in Sewickley, Allegheny County and expects to begin operations in mid-November. This project will result in 15 new jobs.
  • ANSYS will open a new 186,000 square-foot facility in the fourth quarter of 2014 and has committed to creating 180 new jobs in three years.
  • Alstom Grid, an electrical grid management company, announced they are moving its U.S. headquarters from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia.
  • B. Braun announced its continued expansion in the Lehigh Valley, opening a Central Admixture Pharmacy services facility that will employ 70 people.

Chilean Wines & Centuries of Fine Arts

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Inspire Innovative support for a Crown Jewel of the Art World

Two hundred years of art, history, national progress and world-class wines are brought together in support and celebration of culture and commerce. The internationally revered Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts [PAFA] is the scene for this winning partnership where tradition and philanthropy work together making fine art and artists secure, for centuries to come. For their outstanding achievements, they are this year’s recipient of the Pablo Neruda Award from the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce.

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the PAFA’s home is a remarkable Frank Furness masterwork housing an equally stunning collection of Fine Art, plus records of all the efforts that sustain mankind’s greatest treasures and the people who create them. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the nation’s first museum and school of fine arts.

As your eye marvels at the architectural masterpiece’s striking red and black brick of the highly ornamented exterior, to the gothic-arched grand stairhall, and the elevated gallery sending you toward the stars of the heavenly vaulted ceiling; you are enveloped by this touchable dream’s embrace. While the fabulous treasure house and paintings guide the viewer’s psyche to new heights, you’re also seeing the fruits of behind-the-scenes work by devoted art lovers and experts who nourish, support and secure the Academy’s current reality and its future.

Revitalizing the Academy became a major focus for Don Caldwell, who is also well known as the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, Incorporated. Previously, he was  the president of Atlantic Financial and Safeguard Scientifics. And while his MBA is from Harvard, perhaps it is his degree in science which guides much of our conversation on viticulture and benefitting future societies by strengthening the arts.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is one of the world’s cultural gems. Chartered in part by United States President Thomas Jefferson in 1805, it is both “the oldest school of fine arts and the oldest museum of fine art in the nation. Charles Willson Peale, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Henry Tanner, Cecilia Beaux and Horace Pippin lead an amazing list of this nation’s most gifted artists, who taught or received their training at the Pennsylvania academy. It’s a school that has also graduated more of America’s great artists than any other school in the country and it has one of the three best American Art collections in the world.”  Those are Don Caldwell’s words, serving in his dual-capacity as businessman and civic leader. He saw the school needed help reminding people just how great the Academy is and the huge role art plays in leading mankind to greater heights. PAFA had fallen on challenging times toward the end of the 20th century and Caldwell and PAFA’s board envisioned a way to build a better path for the 21st.

He has been helping to re-energize PAFA’s strengths for twenty years. “Having always been involved in the community, we see that cultural and civic organizations create the kind of social fabric that make it interesting for people living in the area and businesses that are located in the area. I personally believe in a holistic community where everything good reinforces the greater good. Having extraordinary institutions like the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts creates benefits all around. The Academy was underappreciated twenty years ago. So it seemed like a winnable opportunity to revive this very special institution. There was a handful of us that were excited about bringing the institution back and we’ve been successful with that effort. While there’s always more to do, the Academy is now thriving and accomplishing its mission which is collecting, preserving and exhibiting great American art while also producing America’s great artists of the future.”

In a conversation that spans the worlds of art and wine culture from the States, to South America and Europe; Caldwell is at all times referencing the nexus of art and science that weaves through societies as they achieve historic greatness. Our discussion turns to Thomas Jefferson who was himself an avid horticulturalist and wine maker. The Monticello.org website says he was “America’s first distinguished viticulturist,” and “the greatest patron of wine and wine growing that this country has yet had.” He was also a collector of seeds and plants, creating an agricultural laboratory at his Monticello estate. So we see History making one of its famous 360 degree turns over a span of 200 years with people involved in Art, society and international diplomacy following the same moves Jefferson made to secure the country’s future by creating havens of encouragement for leaders in the arts and sciences.

Caldwell needed a bold stroke to encapsulate the Academy’s raison d’etre and fuel a major fund-raising drive.  He came up with an event that connected all the dots. Former Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania helped smooth the way for Caldwell and company to get a license from the state’s liquor control board to create a wine-based, fund-raising event. The one-day wine auction has now evolved into a weekend of highly successful events which are some of the most sought-after tickets in town. Caldwell’s knowledge of wine and markets led him to base this fund raising innovation on the Napa Valley wine auction in California, with an assist from the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. As he describes the beauty of all the wines PAFA has featured over their Bacchanal’s fourteen years, he shows the verve of an avid wine collector with 3000 bottles in the cellars and the skills of the seasoned diplomat, crediting Governor’s Rendell and Corbett in continuing the tradition as well. Explaining the work of PAFA’s Wine Committee, detailing the various featured wines, such as a prized 1975 Petrus, highlighting the accompanying ‘superstar’ guest- chef’s cuisines, he recounts the swirl of their past events the way wine connoisseurs describe the notes and tones found in the best Bordeaux.

He vividly recalls the Bacchanal’s parties and auction featuring the wines of Chile. We discuss their merlots, wine history, the Chilean discovery of France’s lost Carménère grape. Caldwell fondly remembers the events hosted by Chile’s Ambassador José Mario Goñi Carrasco and what a highly successful celebration it was for Art, international relations, future artists and Chilean-American culture in general.

The president of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, Robert Palaima says PAFA’s Bacchanal! Wine Committee is being awarded the Chamber’s Pablo Neruda Award because “this philanthropic group of people have developed their annual Bacchanal! and Wine Auction into a premiere event in our region. It generates profound societal benefits, preserving Fine Art and creating scholarships for future artists. They have raised an extraordinary amount of money over the years benefitting talented students from around the country. It is the party to attend and in 2009, they also had the great idea to feature ‘new world wines,’ in particular wines from Chile, where they bestowed the Thomas Jefferson Winemaker Award to Viña Montes and Concha y Toro.”

The Chamber’s Pablo Neruda Award is named for the famed Chilean icon who helped lead Chile’s cultural and political progress with his poetry and international diplomacy. Palaima continued, “PAFA’s Wine Committee “has promoted international cooperation and understanding through a shared appreciation of Chilean wine and viticulture. Their attention to the wines of Chile speaks to PAFA’s international scope and viewpoint, bringing nations together, promoting cross cultural understanding, expanding the platform of shared values. People who share a love of scholarship, fine art, particularly American Art, who enjoy the conviviality of fine wine and the wine making arts, learning about geography, soil conditions, micro climates, harvests and blends — it’s all such a great way of promoting cordial relations between nations.”

“These are the kinds of alliances that insure a better future for everyone,” said Ricardo Maldonado, the Executive Director of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce. “This is a wonderful example,  demonstrating that when the Arts and Business get together — the entire society is the really big winner. The cultural richness, the deep and enduring appreciation of fine art, the partnership with business securing future generations of great treasures and artists — these are the hallmarks of a great society.”

With that winning combination in mind, Maldonado invited everyone to join the celebration at this year’s 15th Annual Friend of Chile Awards luncheon: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information call: (215) 790-3769.

Chilean Fresh Fruit Operations Workshop

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Save the Date!

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM tour of Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Program

Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
6700 Essington Ave., J-232
Philadelphia, PA 19153

What to expect in the upcoming Chilean fresh fruit season?

Join us 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. Don’t miss out!

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

3 tickets per member company

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mary Vercillo at 215-790-3627 or mvercillo@greaterphilachamber.com.

15th Annual Friend of Chile Award Luncheon

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Please join us at our 15th annual awards luncheon at the Union League of Philadelphia on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Come celebrate and recognize the strong and deep commercial, trade, cultural, and diplomatic relationship between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

11:30 AM Chilean Wine Tasting and Reception
12 Noon Luncheon & Award Ceremony

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

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The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Friend of Chile Award Luncheon

Please join us at our 15th annual awards luncheon as we celebrate and recognize the strong and deep commercial, trade, cultural, and diplomatic relationship between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

Receiving the 15th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award:
David Schiro President, Jac. Vandenberg, Inc.

Receiving the “Pablo Neruda” Award:
Bacchanal Committee of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

We look forward to your response by Thursday, November 8, 2012. For more information, please contact Mary Vercillo at 215-790-3627 or mvercillo@greaterphilachamber.com

GRACIAS!
The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and the members of the Board of Directors would like to thank the following companies and organizations for their support, which makes the 15th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award Luncheon possible:

721 Logistics LLC
ASOEX
Chilean Fresh Fruit Association
Capespan North America
Cross Atlantic Capital Partners
Delaware River Stevedores
Dole Fresh Fruit Company
Eisner LLP
Holt Logistics Corp
Holzworth & Kato, PC.
Honorary Consulate of Chile
HSBC Bank USA
Jac Vanderberg Inc.
J&K Fresh East
Murphy Marine Services
OHL
Pacific Delaware Inc.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
Pilots’ Association for the Delaware River Marine Trade Association
Port of Wilmington & Diamond State Port Corporation
ProChile
Royal Fumigation
Western Industries

Click here to see pictures from the 2011 “Friend of Chile” Awards Celebration & Luncheon

Click here to see a video clip from the 2011 “Friend of Chile” Awards Celebration & Luncheon

Cheers for Chile!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Consulate of Chile, ProChile and Wines of Chile, is celebrating Chile’s 202nd anniversary of independence with a wine reception at the Pyramid Club on Thursday, September 27, 2012.

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

$40 Member
$55 Non-Member

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Celebrate Chile’s Independence Day with the Wines of Chile Experience

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Consulate of Chile, ProChile and Wines of Chile, is celebrating Chile’s 202nd anniversary of independence with a wine reception.

On the evening of Thursday, September 27, enjoy a variety of Chilean wines, appetizers, business networking, raffle prizes as well as the breathtaking 52-story view of the city skyline.

Please join us and explore the freshness, vibrancy and bold evolution of the Chilean wine industry. Want to be a sponsor? Please contact Ricardo Maldonado at 215-790-3769

 

Make Business a Walk in the Park

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Join the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, British American Commerce, and the Italian American Chamber of Commerce! Network, Meet, Enjoy, & Win at the Second Annual International Networking Event & Soccer Game at PPL Park — Home to Philadelphia Union

PPL Park Seaport Drive
Chester, PA 19013

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Join the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and the Philadelphia Union along with the British American Commerce, and the Italian American Chamber of Commerce to:

Network on the Captain Morgan Deck overlooking the stadium and the Delaware River

Meet Nick Sakiewicz, CEO and Operating Partner, Philadelphia Union

Enjoy stadium food and drinks

Win exciting raffle prizes

Watch Philadelphia Union vs. DC United – Major League Soccer match from reserved stadium seats

To register, please call Ricardo Maldonado at (215) 790- 3769