Invitation: Understanding Latin American Economy and International Financing.


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                                                                                                                                         Dear friends and colleagues,

 On behalf of South America Business Association and Exporters Association of USA are pleased to invite you to attend the Conference “Engineering the Latin American Economy and International Financing: The Peruvian economy in the continent”, to be held in Lima, Peru, between August 26 and August 27, 2015,

We are at the forefront, promoting an event where new data from the current economic reality and the economy that has been in exhibited outstanding regional political leaders, seeking to generate debate and new positions to help manage ahead will be exhibited business and political leaders in Latin America.

We will be pleased to welcome you under the sun of this beautiful city “of the Kings”, Lima, to all companies, members of associations, public / private cameras, speakers, general sponsors, students, professionals committed to the current and future reality.

 Since 2002, when we launched our first conference for international business, our goal has been to provide access to finance and market update with new resources to provide tools to improve their business strategy and provided the opportunity to meet leaders high level professionals and entrepreneurs who are willing to do business with you.

 The program will include a presentation by government officials of the countries of the region to address comprehensively the main topics of the Latin American economy and work in committees to address specific issues. Including our keynote speaker, Current Mayor of Buenos Aires Argentina and number one candidate for 2015 presidential elections in Argentina Governor Daniel Scioli and Current Mayor of Lima, Peru Mayor Luis Castaneda Lossio.

During this important conference, you will have access to meet decision makers of South America, explore the major issues and challenges involved in obtaining business with emerging markets and addressing the concerns of those doing international trade.

The social exchange during the conference is a crucial aspect for the event, offering access to industry leaders and ensuring that delegates are able to get new contacts and relationships for future business in the region.

 We invite you to be present as active participants and / or sponsors committed to the current economic reality.

“When strong winds, some seeking refuge, trying to save themselves and others build windmills and get rich.” – Claus Möller.


Julio Ibanez


Save Mart introduces new Lucky California concept.

E4M9CK Lucky grocery store, California, USA. Image shot 2014. Exact date unknown.

Save Mart Supermarkets said Wednesday it has unveiled a new concept — called Lucky California — at one of it Lucky-banner stores, designed to serve the specific needs of customers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The company plans to test and tweak the concept at the initial location — in Daly City, Calif., about 10 miles south of San Francisco — before rolling it out to other Lucky units, with the intention of converting all 72 Bay Area Luckys to new Lucky California banner, Nicole Pesco, co-president and chief strategy and branding officer, told SN.

She said the company also plans to introduce a separate new merchandising concept at the 99 Save Mart-banner stores it operates in California’s Central Valley — a concept that will be unveiled sometime in 2016 at a ground-up location, Pesco noted.

She said the Lucky California concept is “an opportunity within the traditional grocery world to raise expectations a little bit, so we’re testing ideas at the Daly City store to see what works before rolling it out chainwide.”

However, she told SN she was reluctant to discuss too many details about the concept “until we see what works.”

She said the store “definitely has a different look and feel [than a conventional supermarket]. It still has all the traditional offerings, but on top of that, we’ve added more items above and beyond what you see in a traditional store.

“There are the usual departments around the perimeter — produce, meat, deli and bakery — and then stores-within-a-store in each section based on what consumers might experience in a restaurant or other supermarkets that are not traditionally found in a grocery setting.

“For example, we might have Thai chicken curry in the hot foods section of the service deli, plus the ingredients for customers to make it at home and recipes to make the item more accessible.

“Featured items and recipes will be available on a rotating basis, but there are no hard and fast rules on how often items will rotate in and out. The goal is to create a discovery every time the customer comes in.”

Lucky California stores will also feature local products — not just from area farms, but also from Bay Area producers, manufacturers, chefs and purveyors “[to] truly deliver the flavors of California,” Pesco said.

Lucky California also features a new logo —a kaleidoscopic design that a spokeswoman said shows the top view of an artichoke, “which not only represents California agriculture but also is a good illustration of cultures coming tougher,” she told SN.

Pesco said customers will determine the timing of the rollout of the Lucky California banner. “What we intend to do is test, learn, tweak and do more testing, and then begin introducing those elements that work at other Lucky locations. It’s all about having a stronger food philosophy in line with the way consumers in the Bay Area eat.”

The Daly City Lucky is a 61,000-square-foot store that was selected for the new approach, Pesco said, “because its diverse demographics made it feel like the right store to test this concept. It fit the mold of what we want to do, and because it’s such a large store, it offers the space to test a lot of different things.”

In a press release the company said the store’s offerings “will reflect the diverse cultures, delicious cuisine and locally grown foods that have been inspired in this region. The store’s new display concept will feature constantly changing snack and meal hubs where shoppers will be encouraged to try new flavors.”

España; ÚLTIMA HORA, Miquel Alimentació es adquirida por un grupo chino.


Revolución en el sector español de la gran distribución. El grupo chino Bright Food ultima la compra de la empresa catalana Miquel Alimentació, según han confirmado al Periódico Económico EXPANSIÓN diversas fuentes conocedoras de la operación.

Tras largos meses de negociaciones, ya existe un preacuerdo firmado entre ambas compañías, que podrían hacer público en los próximos días. Se desconocen los detalles de la transacción, pero todo parece indicar que el objetivo de Bright Foods es hacerse con el 100% de la compañía propiedad de la familia Miquel o, al menos, con una participación mayoritaria. Han asesorado la operación KPMG y el despacho Baker & McKenzie, aunque también ha participado el banco de negocios GBS Finanzas.

Con sede en Vilamalla (Girona), Miquel Alimentació es el mayor grupo español de distribución mayorista de productos de alimentación, con una facturación que alcanzó los 897 millones de euros en 2014. La compañía, que este año celebra su 90 aniversario, está presidida por Ramon Miquel y es el principal licenciatario en España de la marca de supermercados Spar, aunque también es propietaria de la enseña Suma, con una red de más de quinientos supermercados franquiciados en toda España.

Miquel Alimentació es también uno de los líderes en el sector del cash & carry o centros mayoristas para profesionales de la hostelería, donde opera a través de GM Cash, con más de 60 tiendas.

Gigante asiático

Por su parte, Bright Foods es la segunda mayor empresa china de alimentación y distribución, con una red de 4.000 establecimientos en el país y una facturación de alrededor de 18.000 millones de euros. La compra de Miquel Alimentació será la primera gran operación del gigante asiático en España, donde llevaba casi dos años explorando oportunidades de inversión. En Europa, Bright Foods adquirió el 60% de la compañía británica Weetabix en 2012 y el 70% del distribuidor francés de vino Diva.

El objetivo del grupo asiático es promover la venta de alimentos españoles en China e introducir también en España sus productos. Para ello, en 2014 firmó una alianza con la Fundación Juan Antonio Samaranch, que promueve las relaciones comerciales entre China y España.