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11th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile – April 27, 2016

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

11th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile

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Wine Tasting and Dinner
April 27, 2016
Hotel du Pont
Wilmington, DE

On Wednesday, April 27th, the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) hosted the 11th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile Wine Tasting and Dinner, an evening full of delicious Chilean food and wine. The night began with a reception and Chilean wine tasting before everyone was escorted into the Hotel du Pont’s Gold Ballroom for dinner and the award ceremony.

CACC President Robert Palaima opened the evening’s program with a warm welcome, thanking all attendees for their continued support of the Chamber and recognizing special guests in attendance before introducing Presenting Sponsor, Leo Holt of Holt Logistics to the stage. Holt began his introduction to the Chilean Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Juan Gabriel Valdes, by accrediting him for his great work in the face of the difficult Chilean season. He accredited Ambassador Valdes for “opening the window” to Chile as a major partner and gateway for growth along the Delaware River.

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Ambassador Valdes approached the stage with gratitude and pride in the Philadelphia-Chile relationship; he had just been visiting Philadelphia a few weeks prior and saw firsthand the region’s appreciation for the strong bond. Ambassador Valdes informed the audience that the Delaware and Philadelphia ports receive more than half of Chile’s fresh food exports and that the United States is Chile’s second largest trade partner.  He closed by emphasizing the importance of enhancing the relationship by not just quantity, but also quality, and invited everyone to participate in the upcoming Chile Week to be held in Philadelphia, New York and Miami in October 2016.

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Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner of fresh Chilean salmon provided by Agrosuper USA while listening to festive live music.  After dessert, the program continued with Presenting Sponsor, Anne Bookout of Royal Fumigation, who remarked how proud her company is to continually support the Chamber’s mission and the annual Experience the Taste of Chile event.  Benjamin Leavenworth, Honorary Consul of Chile, mirrored Bookout’s praise of the Chamber and also described his appreciation for the support of APHIS, an agency which protects consumers while simultaneously guiding the powerful relationship between Chile and Philadelphia which ultimately strengthens the alliance. Leavenworth noted that the strong relationship between Greater Philadelphia and Chile was demonstrated through the recent visit from a Chilean Senatorial Delegation, led by Senator Garcia-Huidobro of the VI Region.

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Following Leavenworth, Delaware’s Secretary of State, Jeffrey Bullock, took the stage and recounted the wonderful people, culture and geography of Chile after his recent and first trip to the country before welcoming to the podium Visionary Sponsor Miriam Borja-Fisher of Western Fumigation. In order to properly credit the USDA APHIS PPQ, Borja-Fisher spoke of the inauguration of CACC’s Visionary Award in 2012 to recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding work in building resilient international trade relationships between Chilean and US partners.  She noted a great appreciation for the comprehensive work of APHIS, emphasizing its close alignment with the Chamber’s mission, and officially presented the 2016 Visionary Award to Osama El-Lissy, Deputy Administrator, on behalf of the USDA APHIS PPQ. El-Lissy accepted the award with vivacity and took the chance to apprize his colleagues present that evening. He said that part of the mission of their work was to facilitate the safe trade of commodities coming to the United States which ensures delicious, fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables year round. El-Lissy recognized the companies, importers, and vessels for their partnership commitment and understanding of market change on business and other government regulations. He ended his remarks with acknowledgement of the Chamber for the growth of this cohesive relationship to reach a shared mission.

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U.S. Senator Chris Coons graciously stopped by the 11th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile to share in the celebration.  The Senator emphasized the importance of job creation in the region, much of which he accredits to trade activity with Chile.

Following the close of remarks, Brisa Carmenere and a Porta Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon were raffled off to lucky guests.  Robert Palaima then closed the event and invited all guests to take a ProChile gift bag on their way out.

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The CACC would like to extend a special thank you to all of the sponsoring companies and attendees of this esteemed event, and also to Mauricio Banchieri and ProChile NY for providing gift bags and facilitating the fresh Chilean Salmon for the evening.  ¡Muchas gracias!

For more photos from the 11th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile, please visit our Flickr Page.

11th Annual “Experience the Taste of Chile”

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

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April 27, 2016

5:00 pm Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception
6:00 pm Dinner & Award Ceremony

Hotel du Pont

11th & Market Streets

Wilmington, DE 19899

Receiving the 2016 Visionary Award:
United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Plant Protection and Quarantine
(USDA-APHIS-PPQ)

Join the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia for its 11th Annual “Experience the Taste of Chile,” an evening of authentic Chilean food and wine, rich conversation and celebration of the fruitful commercial and trade partnership between the Delaware Valley and the Republic of Chile.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this unique event and show your support for the work the Chamber does to continually strengthen the commercial and business ties between the Greater Philadelphia Region and Chile and to salute the USDA-APHIS-PPQ for their outstanding achievements.

Individual Tickets

CACC Member Ticket – $150.00

CACC Non-Member Ticket – $200.00

Online Registration

 

 

18th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon – December 3, 2015

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

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On Thursday, December 3, 2015, members and friends of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia gathered in the Hyatt at the Bellevue’s Grand Ballroom to honor Ralph Hackett of Dayka & Hackett LLC and Derrick Jenkins of Wakefern Food Corporation at the 18th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon.

The celebratory luncheon kicked off with a wine reception, with exquisite Chilean wines provided by ProChile New York. Guests mingled while drinking both red and white wines from Chile before the President and Chairman of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, Robert Palaima, welcomed guests into the ballroom to begin the awards ceremony. After Palaima gave welcoming remarks, guests were introduced to Consul Francisco del Campo, General Consul of Chile in New York, for remarks given on behalf of Ambassador of Chile to the United States, Juan Gabriel Valdes. Consul del Campo highlighted the positive economic impact the greater Philadelphia region has on Chile, praising the work of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Dayka then introduced his business partner, longtime friend, and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Ralph Hackett, Managing Member of Dayka & Hackett LLC. Ralph’s speech attributed his successes to his time spent as a student at Girard College and growing up in North Philadelphia. Ralph has had a professional career spanning forty years, thirty of which have been focused on the fresh produce industry. His industry experience began in 1985, when he joined Cal Fruit Suma, starting out as Controller then quickly being promoted to Operating Manager. Cal Fruit Suma, following its 1985 startup, was amongst the leading US importers of Chilean fruit from 1987-1989. Ralph has been the successful starter of multiple distinguished companies in the fresh produce industry, including Suma Fruit International, Pacific Trellis Fruit, and his current enterprise with business partner Tim Dayka, Dayka & Hackett LLC, which is headquartered in Reedley, California and has a full service regional office in operation at the Port in Wilmington, Delaware.

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After lunch, Robert Palaima invited Robert Wonderling, CEO and President of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, to address attendees with greetings on behalf of the CACC’s affiliate organization.

Shortly after, Harold Sbrocco, Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce Board Member and former Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, introduced his friend, colleague, and Friend of Chile Award Recipient, Derrick Jenkins, Vice President of Produce and Floral of Wakefern Food Corporation. Derrick stressed the importance of the continual influence of his mentors throughout his career, stating that they gave him the motivation and guidance to succeed in the fresh produce industry. Derrick joined Wakefern in 1982. Starting as a temporary Junior Accountant, he was hired shortly after as a full-time Junior Accountant in Produce. Derrick remained in Produce, rising through the ranks in the division and working as an Analyst, Buyer, Produce Manager, Senior Produce Manager and Procurement Manager before being named Vice President of Produce and Floral. The successful Produce and Floral Division meets logistical demands, bringing products from every part of the region, country and world to grow business. Produce ships seven days a week to all stores, and the division also has buying offices in California and Florida.

The luncheon closed a huge calendar year for the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce. The 18th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon was another success for 2015, following the monumental Presidential Dinner with Michele Bachelet in January and other signature events like the 10th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile and the 5th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception.

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This event would not have been possible without generous sponsorships from our members.
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors: Dayka & Hackett LLC, J&K Fresh East, and Diamond State Port Corporation / Port of Wilmington, as well as our Corporate Table Sponsors: AMC Direct Inc., Capespan North America, Delaware River Stevedores, Dole Fresh Fruit, Holt Logistics Corp., Manfredi Cold Storage & Distribution, Mattioni Ltd., Murphy Marine Services, OHL International, Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, Pilots’ Association for the Bay & River Delaware, Port of Wilmington & Diamond State Port Corporation, RPS / Royal Fumigation, Sbrocco International, Inc., Unifrutti of America, Western Fumigation, and William H. Kopke, Jr. Inc.

The CACC would also like to thank Al Dia News Media, the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, and the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association for providing media coverage of the luncheon.

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, apolitical membership organization with a mission of fostering increased and improved commercial and trade relations between the Republic of Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region. To learn more about the CACC or for more information regarding membership, please contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or clista@gpcc.com

Click here to view photos on our Flickr page.

Honoree Spotlight: 18th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

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18th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Hyatt at the Bellevue
Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception at 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon and Ceremony at 12 Noon

Click here for Sponsorship Form

We are excited to present the honorees of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce’s 18th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon. These two honorees are committed to our mission and exemplify the vision of the Chilean & American Chamber to strengthen the relationship between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region. The Chamber will proudly honor them on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in downtown Philadelphia.

Derrick Jenkins, Vice President of Produce and Floral for Wakefern Food Corporation, will receive the 18th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award.

Derrick Jenkins joined Wakefern in 1982. He started his career as a temporary Junior Accountant and was then hired a few months later as a full-time Junior Accountant in Produce. Derrick remained in Produce, rising through the ranks in the division and working as an Analyst, Buyer, Produce Manager, Senior Produce Manager and Procurement Manager before being named Vice President of Produce and Floral. The successful Produce and Floral Division Derrick heads today meets logistical demands, bringing products from every part of the region, country and world to grow business. Produce ships seven days a week to all stores, and the division also has buying offices in California and Florida.

Derrick was the 2013 recipient of the Avis Spirit Award from the Susan G. Komen North Jersey Affiliate for work he has done through Wakefern—donating flowers, food and money to raise funds for breast cancer treatment and screening programs. Derrick has served on the board of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) for several years and has been a huge advocate of the Eat Brighter Campaign, an initiative that encourages children to consume more fruit and vegetables.

Ralph Hackett, Co-managing Member of Dayka & Hackett LLC, will receive the 2015 “Lifetime Achievement” Award.

Ralph Hackett has had a professional career spanning forty years, thirty of which have been focused on the fresh produce industry. His industry experience began in 1985, when he joined Cal Fruit Suma, starting out as Controller then quickly promoted to Operating Manager. Cal Fruit Suma, following its 1985 startup, was amongst the leading US importers of Chilean fruit from 1987-1989. Ralph has been the successful spearhead of multiple distinguished companies in the fresh produce industry, including Suma Fruit International, Pacific Trellis Fruit, and his current enterprise with business partner Tim Dayka, Dayka & Hackett LLC, which is headquartered in Reedley, California and has a full service regional office in operation at the Port in Wilmington, Delaware.

A native Philadelphian, Ralph is an alumnus of Temple University and Girard College, where he was given the Award of Merit in 2015, an award granted to Girard College graduates that support the school and excel in their chosen field. Dayka & Hackett LLC supports over 20 charities annually, and Ralph and his wife of 30 years, Lisa, are active fund raisers for the Fresno Boys and Girls Club.

We hope that you will consider joining Chamber members and other business leaders in honoring our award recipients and recognizing their contribution to the economic relationship between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region.

For more information, contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or clista@greaterphilachamber.com.

Chilean miner recounts dramatic rescue during ‘The 33’ premiere

Monday, October 12th, 2015

By Anne Hoffman
Published October 09, 2015 on Fox News Latino

PHILADELPHIA – There was a long line of people waiting to take a picture with Jose Henriquez at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center Thursday night. People were shuffled in and out, assembly line style, so everyone could take a turn. Elderly women, young ladies in heels so high one tripped downstairs – and even little kids wanted a photo with him and some Chilean flags after a screening of “The 33.”

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Henriquez is one of Los 33, the group of Chilean miners who were trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days in 2010. A Pentecostal Christian for most of his life, Henriquez would often sit in the center of a semicircle of men, and lead them all in prayer. This was a role he assumed naturally, as someone who had experience with street preaching in his life pre-disaster. He eventually won the nickname El Pastor. “We had a captive church,” he told the audience Thursday night after the screening, to laughter.

The screening, held by La Esperanza, a religious nonprofit in Philadelphia whose mission is to “strengthen Hispanic communities,” was attended by almost 260 people. It was an audience comprised of Latino clergy, university presidents, political leaders and high school and college students.

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Gladys Gordon, a Chilean chancellor for the local consulate, was in attendance. At the reception before the screening, bartenders served big glasses of Chilean wine.

The screening and Q and A that followed was not Jose Henriquez’s first rodeo. He’s been traveling for five years speaking about the horrifying ordeal in the Copiapo mine. Philadelphia was his last stop on a multi-city tour that included church visits in Los Angeles and screenings in Dallas and Miami. For part of the tour, he was joined by another miner, Ariel Ticona, as well as Greg Hall, a driller who worked on mine rescue efforts back in 2010.

The miners were excited to see the book, called “Deep Dark Down,” finally near its release date as a major motion picture. All 33 miners gave extensive testimony to the filmmaker, Henriquez said. He told the audience that he and his fellow miners were hoping they could receive compensation from some the film’s profits.

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Some audience members were also deeply concerned to discover that the company that owned the mine was not found at fault by the Chilean government, and was not required to pay miners a settlement. Henriquez told the audience that while he and the other 32 men “were not blessed” to work for the owners of the mine, one positive from the film and the accident is that it is creating awareness about how dangerous mining can be. The ultimate hope is to strengthen worker protections.

Henriquez is one of the fourteen older miners who received a small pension from the government, but he said, at around $500 a month “it can’t support a family.” Many of the miners have health problems. Henriquez himself has issues with his lungs. Other miners have had a hard time finding work, and some have returned to below-ground work once again.

People in the audience were overwhelmingly moved by Henriquez’s testimony, as well as his portrayal in the film. A 14-year-old named Jordan who is mulling a career in the ministry found Henriquez’s character the most moving. “Definitely someone who I could look up to really highly,” he said.

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Widilia Ortiz, an older woman from Camden said, “I think he was a key person in what happened to them. He gave them the hope to survive,” adding that Henriquez gave the men something to live for. “God put him in there to give them the support that they needed spiritually.”

“For me it was amazing as a man of God to hear what he was saying about what was going on down there…Where there was supposed to be no hope, in the darkness of that place, there was hope,” Hector Villaveitia, a Bible teacher at Esperanza high school said, “At some point in our travel through life, we lose faith. But we need to receive or look for that hope, within us.”

For many of the men in the mine, Henriquez provided that.

Source: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2015/10/09/chilean-miner-recounts-dramatic-rescue-during-33-premiere/

2015 Annual Fall Workshop

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

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Friday, October 30, 2015
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Tour of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Program & Panel Discussion

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

CACC Members: Free
CACC Non-Members: $25

Register Today

Join colleagues, port representatives, and government officials to participate in an interactive experience reviewing the trade, technical, legal, regulatory and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware Valley Region.

Moderator:

Tom Mastromarco, Holt Logistics

Panelists:

Miriam Borja-Fisher, Senior Business Development Manager, Western Fumigation

Stephen Brady, Acting Chief Agriculture Specialist for the Port of Philadelphia, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

John Ercolani, Senior Vice President, J&K Fresh East

Edward Fitzgerald, Senior Director, Import Operations, OHL International

Lisa Himber, Vice President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

Bill Madara, Eastern Operations Branch Chief, USDA Agricultural Marketing Services – Specialty Crops Inspection Division

Bill McGinnis, Manager, Government Compliance / Customer Service, Greenwich Terminals LLC

Sharon Mills, Consumer Safety Officer, Food & Drug Administration
Philadelphia Investigations Branch – Imports

For speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or clista@greaterphilachamber.com.

To learn more about the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, click here.

Presented by:
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce

Presenting Partners:
Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market

Sponsored By:
Holt Logistics Corp.
J&K Fresh East
Manfredi Cold Storage & Distribution
OHL International
Western Fumigation

Save the Date: Upcoming CACC Events

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

12th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile
Wine Tasting & Dinner

Wednesday, April 28, 2017
The Hotel Du Pont
11th & Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware
5:00pm Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception
6:30pm Dinner & Program

Join the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia for its 12th Annual “Experience the Taste of Chile,” an evening of authentic Chilean food and wine, rich conversation and celebration of the fruitful commercial and trade partnership between the Delaware Valley and the Republic of Chile.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this unique event and show your support for the work the Chamber does to continually strengthen the commercial and business ties between the Greater Philadelphia Region and Chile.

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2015 Annual Fall Workshop
Enhancement of Chilean Fresh Fruit Trade Operations

Friday, October 30, 2015
Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Tour of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Program & Panel Discussion

Join colleagues, port representatives, and government officials to participate in an interactive experience reviewing the trade, technical, legal, regulatory and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware River Region.

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Fashion Forward: Executive Fundraising and Networking Event
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Boyds Philadelphia
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Networking Reception

The Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce is proud to participate in the British American Business Council’s Fashion Forward Fundraiser and Networking Event benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

The CACC invites you to an international fashion event at the world renowned, iconic clothier, Boyds Philadelphia. Spend an evening enhancing valuable business connections and shopping for global designer apparel, shoes and bags. All attendees will receive a special discount and a percentage of revenue will be donated to The Ronald McDonald House.

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18th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Hyatt at the Bellevue
11:30 AM Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception
12:00 Noon Luncheon & Awards Celebration

Please save the date to join us at our 18th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon to celebrate and recognize the strong and deep commercial, trade, cultural and diplomatic relationship between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

An Extraordinary Evening of Global Networking – July 29th, 2015

Monday, August 10th, 2015

The volume of the chatter on the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue was a true testament to the networking power between all 14 international organizations involved in the making of the 5th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception.

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For the 5th consecutive year, Philadelphia’s international chambers joined forces to host the much-anticipated International Business Networking Reception on Wednesday, July 29th. Partners of this year’s event included: Asian American Chamber of Commerce; Brazil-Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia; Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia; French-American Chamber of Commerce; German American Chamber of Commerce; Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc.; Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia; Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia; Mid-Atlantic – Eurasia Business Council; Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce; and Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

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The networking reception featured a brief program including welcoming remarks from Robert Palaima, President and Chairman of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and also President of one of the Corporate Sponsors of the evening, Delaware River Stevedores, Inc. Tyra Ford, Director of Operations & Strategic Marketing Initiatives from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, addressed the crowd and explained the mission of Fox IB Programs, also a Corporate Sponsor of the reception.

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Following was the featured speaker of the evening, Jim Kenney, Philadelphia’s Democratic Mayoral Nominee. Kenney stressed the importance of international business’ key role in the creation of jobs for the unemployed and impoverished here in Philadelphia. Kenney also spoke highly of Chile and the ports within the Greater Philadelphia region: “Chile has been a great source of work for our stevedores, truck drivers and warehouseman… [And with] port expansion, [our city] can provide the opportunity for people without a college degree to be trained for jobs that pay 35-40 dollars an hour and can raise their families and take care of their neighborhoods and raise folks standard of living up.”

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Thank you to all attendees, sponsors, and partnering organizations for making the 5th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception the most successful one yet!

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5th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception – SOLD OUT

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

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5th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rose Garden Ballroom
Hyatt at the Bellevue, 19th Floor
Broad and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

$55 for members
$75 for non-members

Click here to register

For the fifth consecutive year, members of the international business community have joined forces to host a summer international business networking reception to celebrate Philadelphia’s status as a top US destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade.

Philadelphia is an international city on the cutting edge of economic and business development. On the evening of July 29th, join hundreds of your business peers to network together and reaffirm Philadelphia’s economic, political, and commercial impact as an influential global city.

For sponsorship opportunities, or to learn more about this program, please contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or clista@gpcc.com.

Click here to view photos from last year’s reception

Presented by:
Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

An Affiliate of:
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

In Partnership with:
Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
Brazil-Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce
British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia
French-American Chamber of Commerce
German American Chamber of Commerce
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc.
Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia
Mid-Atlantic – Eurasia Business Council
Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce
Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce

Corporate Sponsor:
Fox IB Programs

Taste of Chile’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebrates Feeding the World

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

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A major celebration highlighting the remarkable friendship and international trade contributions between the Republic of Chile and the Tri State Region took center stage at the elegant Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce created an extraordinary testament to this most successful and cordial partnership, celebrating the Chamber’s 10th Anniversary of the Taste of Chile Awards Dinner, honoring the DuPont Company for their enduring connections with Chile.

Governor Jack Markell was on hand to present the Chamber’s Visionary Award to the DuPont Company. “We are so focused on the Port as an economic engine and jobs creator, but this relationship is also a huge jobs creator for so many thousands of people in Chile,” said the Governor. “It is such a win-win situation, they trust us to handle their prized wines and produce, we then enjoy their produce during the winter months and year round. DuPont’s work with Chile dates back to the 1850s. They do business there in mining, agriculture, aquaculture, they have 500 full time employees, plus seasonal employees, four research and development centers plus production facilities. It’s a deep relationship so they are the perfect recipient for this award.”

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Governor Markell had stellar remarks about the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce.

He also complimented the work of Chile’s Honorary Consul for the Tri-State region, Benjamin Leavenworth, remembering fondly the state visit of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. He had high praise for Leavenworth’s contributions to that peerless occasion.

DuPont Executive Vice President James C. Collins, Jr. accepted the Visionary Award on behalf of DuPont. Collins discussed the dramatic breakthrough in salmon aquaculture DuPont pioneered along with Aqua Chile. He also spoke of the important role Chile plays in seed production worldwide and their partnership with DuPont. He praised the work of Chile’s scientists and business community. Collins emphasized food security is one of the world’s most pressing issues. “At DuPont we apply our science to bring farmers new seeds and innovative crop protection products that produce better meals, we work with food companies to provide consumers with nutrition, taste and energy. Our celebration tonight is about feeding the world.”

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The evening’s gourmet menu included DuPont’s Verlasso Salmon, pioneered in Chile. Collins explained the salmon’s development is a venture between DuPont and AquaChile, now one of the largest suppliers of salmon in the Americas. “It’s aimed at changing the sustainability of farm-raised salmon. Today it takes 4 pounds of ocean-caught, feeder-fish to produce one pound of farm raised salmon. So we were able to come up with a yeast that actually produces protein and omega-3 oils. We replace much of the ocean-caught fish with this yeast feed-ration and we are now at one pound of salmon produced from one pound of ocean-caught fish along with the yeast feed. We also worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, based in California, a key seafood-watch program, that rates different types of production systems and in most cases they give farm-raised fish a pretty negative mark. The Verlasso Salmon system is one of the only systems that they have certified ‘safe.’ We got that endorsement over a year ago and we’re real proud of that.”

Collins also commented on the remarkable amount of Chile’s fruit and produce coming through the Ports of the Delaware River, saying, “The Chamber has been instrumental in keeping those trade routes open and supporting the local infrastructure that it takes to keep that kind of flow of goods and services into the country.”

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“This is quite an impressive international story,” said Martin Welch, Chief Operating Officer of Emerging Markets for Aramark, which is one of Chile’s largest employers with a staff of about 23,000 people. “You see the concerted cooperation between Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey all coming together in the interest of this region and the Republic of Chile. All of us are motivated to see how we can encourage more commerce between Chile and our region.”

Vice President of the Diamond State Port Corporation, Tom Keefer was a key player in orchestrating the anniversary event. “For our tenth anniversary, we could not have found a better company to honor than DuPont. They have been long-term investors and partners with the Chileans, especially in the agricultural sector, so we are delighted that they received the Visionary Award. We also need a special note of thanks to Governor Markell who always gives unselfishly of his time and we know he has a very busy schedule, but he always supports the Port tremendously and supports the Chilean & American Chamber whenever he is asked.”

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Chamber President Bob Palaima said, “We’ve had another wonderful year, culminating with her Excellency, Michelle Bachelet of Chile’s visit to our region, it’s our tenth anniversary for the Taste of Chile Awards. We have three states coming together on behalf of our great friend and trade partner, Chile. We have the remarkable support of the elected officials and business leaders of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and the relations between our two countries are the strongest they’ve ever been.”

“Our sponsors, partners and supporters deserve tremendous credit for their vision,” said Miriam Borja-Fisher, treasurer of the Chilean & American Chamber. “It is thanks to their overwhelming support that we are able to continue the extremely important work of this Chamber.”