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2022 Virtual Fresh Fruit Workshop

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022


Join colleagues, industry experts, and government officials to participate in the 2022 Virtual Fresh Fruit Workshop, an interactive virtual experience reviewing the trade, technical, legal, regulatory and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware Valley Region.

Thursday, December 15, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST: Program and Panel Discussions
Virtual – a meeting link will be emailed prior to the event. Pre-registration is required.

CACC Members: Free
CACC Non-Members: $25

CALL TO ACTION – Register Here

The CACC needs your support. Below are the Sponsorship Opportunities available for this annual program:

Premier Sponsor – $5,000
-Includes opportunity to speak during program and logo placement on all event materials

Signature Sponsor – $3,500
-Includes logo placement on all event materials

Supporting Sponsor – $1,000
-Includes logo placement on all event materials

Confirmed Speakers to-date: 

Guest Speaker:

Andrés Rodriguez
Agricultural Attaché, Embassy of Chile

Moderator:

John Ercolani
Vice President, J&K Fresh East

Panelists:

Ed Fitzgerald
Senior Director of Trade Services, GEODIS USA, Inc.

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

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

Evan Moss
Senior Director, Perishables, J&K Fresh East

Elliot Ortiz
Chief Agriculture Specialist, Area Port of Philadelphia, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Robert Verrico
Service Manager, Western Fumigation

For more information, please contact Christina Lista at [email protected]

Learn About the 2022 Friend of Chile Honorees

Monday, October 17th, 2022

RECEIVING THE 23nd ANNUAL “FRIEND OF CHILE” AWARD
Frank W. Manfredi, President, Manfredi Cold Storage & Dist. Inc.

Frank Manfredi, President of Manfredi Cold Storage, has been a part of The Manfredi Companies since he was 11 years old. He grew up in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania on his family’s mushroom farm, and attended the University of Delaware where he studied engineering and accounting. After leaving college, Frank moved into business full-time with his father and his brother, John Manfredi. Frank started out working on the loading dock receiving and shipping fresh mushrooms while his brother handled the sales. Over time they saw a need for more cold storage space and together founded Manfredi Cold Storage in 1985.

Working with Chilean companies, growers, and products is a major part and function of Frank’s business. This work includes offering Chilean growers solutions with drayage services from the Delaware River waterfront, to warehousing, storage, repacking, reconditioning, ripening, and transportation to their end customers. Working as a grower himself allowed Frank to develop a sense of urgency and commitment to all product that moves through his facility. Frank is involved in all facets of the cold storage business from hands-on design, all construction, information and temperature control systems, as well as warehouse execution. Frank works with a team of dedicated people, always challenging one another to strive for excellence while moving the company forward.

RECEIVING THE 2022 ALBERT S. MARULLI “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” AWARD
Theresa DePietro, Director of Pier Operations, William H. Kopke, Jr., Inc.

This December will mark Terry DePietro’s 40th anniversary working with William H. Kopke Jr. Inc. As Kopke’s Director of Pier Operations, she has always been on the move, working on the waterfront at the Port of Wilmington, DE, Holt Terminal, Packer Ave., Tioga Marine Terminal, and Pier 84, among others. Terry’s incredible work ethic suited her well to handle the 24/7 demands of the Chilean fruit business.

Terry’s dedication and leadership would come in handy during her career working for Kopke, the world’s largest importer of Chilean grapes. Over the last 40 years, Terry has seen many changes in the industry and has seamlessly met all demands by thinking and acting quickly on her feet. In 2019, Terry’s dedication to the industry led to her induction as a Board Member of the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.

SPECIAL MEMORIAL PRESENTATION IN HONOR OF
The Late Dennis Rochford, Past President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay and Past Board Member, Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce

Dennis Rochford, a true champion of the Delaware River ports, passed away on July 31, 2021.

Dennis became President of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay in 1994, and worked tirelessly to advocate for the organizations’ members throughout the tri-state region. A few of Dennis’ significant accomplishments include the development of Maritime On-Line and the partnership developed with the Transportation Security Administration in the development of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).   Additionally, Dennis worked closely with local and federal elected officials, providing on-going and up to date information to the Maritime Exchange’s tri-state Congressional delegation concerning a range of key issues critical to the success of the regional port complex.

Generous with sharing his expertise, Dennis served on the board of directors of the American Metals Supply Chain Institute, the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce, the Ports of Philadelphia Maritime Society, and the Port of Wilmington Maritime Society. Dennis was a founding member and past president of the National Association of Maritime Organizations and served as Chair of the North Atlantic Ports Association Maritime Committee. Dennis was elected a Member of the American Bureau of Shipping in 2001. He also served on the board of directors of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and was a former long-standing member of the Delaware Health Care Commission. In 2009, Delaware Governor Jack Markell appointed Dennis Chair of the Sports and Video Lottery Commission. In January 2010, Dennis began serving as Chair of Delaware’s New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council.

For more than 14 years, his expertise on issues of government and business resulted in weekly Monday evening appearances on the former WHYY-TV 12 news program, Delaware Tonight.

Far more than his professional accomplishments, Dennis was a confidante, a natural leader, and a great friend.  He is dearly missed.

23rd Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Monday, October 17th, 2022

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend the 23rd Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon.

Please join the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce to honor our award recipients as we celebrate and recognize the strong and deep commercial and trade partnership between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022
11:30 AM- Chilean Wine Tasting and Reception
12:00 PM- Luncheon and Awards Celebration

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

RECEIVING THE 23nd ANNUAL “FRIEND OF CHILE” AWARD
Frank W. Manfredi, President, Manfredi Cold Storage & Dist. Inc.

RECEIVING THE 2022 ALBERT S. MARULLI “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” AWARD
Theresa DePietro, Director of Pier Operations, William H. Kopke, Jr., Inc.

SPECIAL MEMORIAL PRESENTATION IN HONOR OF
The Late Dennis Rochford, Past President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay and Past Board Member, Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce

Register Here

Code Red for Humanity – The Race to Net Zero, A Multilateral Global Approach

Monday, October 11th, 2021

October 18, 2021

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

REGISTER

In lead-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce is proud to have partnered with the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia on a special climate change program featuring a discussion between two of the world’s most influential nations about the multilateral global approach race to net zero. Presenters will address the sub-national level of engagement in both the public and private domains; connections between human and environmental health in relation to delivering an equitable and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (green recovery); the important role of innovation; and corporate, investor and employee responsibility with respect to competitive advantage and business transition models.

Save the Date: Friend of Chile Luncheon

Monday, August 30th, 2021

Mark your calendars for November 22, 2022 to join the CACC to celebrate the 23rd Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon.  Stay tuned for details.

On the Fly Travel Update: PHL/LHR & The World

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

September 22, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

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The CACC is honored to partner with the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia on a series of globally relevant hybrid events, “On the Fly Travel Update: PHL/LHR & The World.” This virtual program will feature a panel of experts from the travel, airline, and legal sectors to discuss business, leisure, cargo movements, and current regulations. Additionally, speakers will review what is to be expected through the end of the year as our economies begin to recover from the effects of COVID-19.

Beyond our Borders Series: Spotlight Chile- A Conversation with The Honorable Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

November 2, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

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Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and its partners for a discussion with the Honorable Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about the importance of promoting and protecting the world’s human rights and freedoms. The “Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile” series is presented in cooperation with the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia.

2021 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

 

Wednesday December 8th, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Program

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Join colleagues, port representatives, and government officials to participate in an interactive experience, including panel discussions and open Q &A sessions, reviewing the trade, technical, legal, regulatory, and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware Valley region.

Previous event panelists include Ed Fitzgerald, the Senior Director of  Trade Services at GEODIS USA, Inc.; Elliot Ortiz, the Chief Agriculture Specialist, Area Port of Philadelphia, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and Evan Moss, the Senior Director of Perishables at J&K Fresh East. Additionally, past guest speakers have included Andrés Rodriguez, the Agricultural Attaché at the Embassy of Chile.

Complete event details coming soon.

We look forward to seeing you!

An Introduction from the CACC’s New Coordinator- Caroline Bullock

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Dear CACC Members and Friends,

 

My name is Caroline Bullock and I am the new Coordinator for the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce. I am a graduate of Boston University’s Class of 2020, with a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the College of Communication, with a focus in Public Relations.

It is my honor to work with all of you and represent Chile in the Greater Philadelphia region. I am excited for all of the great things to come and cannot thank my predecessor, Christina Lisa, more for all of the hard work she has done for the Chamber and the assistance she has given me since beginning here.

I am thrilled to begin this next chapter of my life with the CACC, and have the privilege of working with our Board of Director’s and Membership to expand the Chamber’s network and overall scope of reach. Chile has held a special place in my heart ever since I visited the country several years ago. The people, food, and culture left a lasting impression that has remained with me all these years and is unparalleled to anything I have ever experienced before. It with this true admiration for the country that I will base my work ethic on and all of my relationships with you.

Thank you all and with my best regards,

Caroline Bullock
Coordinator
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

“Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile- Combating Global Hunger and Climate Change Through Food Innovation and Technology

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

The CACC is delighted to have partnered with the World Affair’s Council on their “Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile,” webinar series. The next installment will take place on July 28th, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. EDT and will be an hour long discussion about the future of food and how innovation and technology can help us combat global hunger and fight climate change.

Click this link to register