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World Trade Center Miami and Hispanic Retail Chamber of Commerce Introduce Hosted Buyer Program at Americas Food and Beverage Show

MIAMI, June 28, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The World Trade Center Miami (WTCM) and the Hispanic Retail Chamber of Commerce (HRCC) are pleased to announce their collaboration agreement to launch a groundbreaking initiative: the introduction of a Hosted Buyer Program for the Americas Food and Beverage Show and Conference. This historic collaboration aims to enhance business opportunities and foster valuable connections within the food and beverage industry.

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As one of the leading international trade organizations dedicated to promoting global commerce, the World Trade Center Miami recognizes the importance of facilitating meaningful business relationships. By partnering with the Hispanic Retail Chamber of Commerce, an influential organization representing the interests of Hispanic retailers, this collaboration aligns the expertise and resources of both entities to create a unique platform for growth.

The Americas Food and Beverage Show and Conference, renowned for showcasing the latest trends and innovations in the industry, will now offer an exclusive Hosted Buyer Program. This program will invite pre-qualified U.S. and international buyers and decision-makers to participate in a personalized and curated experience, connecting them with exhibitors, suppliers, and potential business partners. The aim is to drive trade and investment opportunities, fostering economic growth within the Americas’ food and beverage sector.

The Hosted Buyer Program at the Americas Food and Beverage Show will feature a series of curated networking events and exclusive matchmaking sessions. Participants will gain access to a diverse range of exhibitors, suppliers, and industry experts, enabling them to explore new products, trends, and business opportunities.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the Hispanic Retail Chamber of Commerce to introduce the Hosted Buyer Program for the Americas Food and Beverage Show,” said Alice Ancona, SVP & COO at the World Trade Center Miami. “This initiative represents a significant milestone in our efforts to facilitate global trade and connect key players in the industry. By creating an avenue for meaningful business interactions, we aim to generate valuable opportunities for exhibitors and buyers alike.”

The Hispanic Retail Chamber of Commerce is equally enthusiastic about the collaboration. “We are excited to partner with the World Trade Center Miami to bring this unique Hosted Buyer Program to the Americas Food and Beverage Show,” said Julio Ibáñez, President & Chairman of the Board at the Hispanic Retail Chamber of Commerce. “This program will provide a platform for Hispanic retailers and businesses to expand their networks, access new markets, and forge fruitful partnerships. Together with the World Trade Center Miami, we are committed to supporting the growth and success of the food and beverage industry.”

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About World Trade Center Miami
The World Trade Center Miami is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating international trade and economic development for businesses in Miami and the surrounding regions. It offers a range of services, including trade education, market research, and networking opportunities, to support companies in expanding their global reach.

About Hispanic Retail Chamber of Commerce
The Hispanic Retail Chamber of Commerce is a leading organization representing the interests of Hispanic retailers across the United States. It aims to foster the growth and success of Hispanic-owned businesses by providing advocacy, resources, and networking opportunities. The chamber strives to empower its members through education, mentorship, and community engagement.

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Saint Lucia increases its production capacity to overcome dependency on food imports

CaribPR Wire, Castries, Nov. 09, 2022: In response to the global food crisis, Saint Lucia, a small island state in the Caribbean, has rolled out a number of government programs to increase food security, boosting its agricultural production and minimizing its reliance on imports.

And indeed, the country’s recent measures have proved timely. With inflation on the rise even within wealthy countries, it appears that the global food crisis will worsen before it improves. The conflict in Europe has also impacted inflation, having affected how commodities are produced, used and traded across the world. These changes are likely to keep food prices high until 2024, prolonging and worsening international food security.

This state of affairs has proved particularly challenging for many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which, already on the frontline of climate change, are facing increased food insecurity due to the rising cost of imports. In response to this, Saint Lucia has increased its food production capacities in a bid to overcome its dependency on imports. Under the direction of Alfred Prospere, Saint Lucia’s Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, the government has launched several initiatives to strengthen the country’s production.

These efforts include the government’s Seven Crops project which aims to grow and strengthen supply chains in the fruit and vegetable sector. The Ministry of Agriculture reported that since the introduction of the project, the island has significantly increased production for a number of crops targeted by the programme – these include papaya, broccoli, cucumber, pumpkin, cauliflower, eggplant, corn, dragon fruit and sugar apples.

The government also improved its agriculture intelligence information systems, setting up stable markets for farmers and introducing new technologies into the agricultural sector in an effort to lower Saint Lucia’s food import bill. So far, this development has led to an increase in both the quality and quantity of agricultural yields.

In addition to these measures, the government has also offered a 30% subsidy to banana crop farmers to support its export industry. In 2020, bananas were one of the country’s most profitable exports, with crops being sent to Barbados (US$302,000), Canada (US$1 412,000) and the United Kingdom ( US$2.61M).

With the global supply chain experiencing significant disruption and many agricultural commodities facing significant breaks to their supply, the government’s actions have come at an opportune moment. For many countries, global supply chain problems have led to skyrocketing prices for food commodities, a problem exacerbated by the increasing cost of agricultural commodities.

Saint Lucia’s government has therefore been prioritising the development and promotion of extensive farming on the island, with the goal of increasing self-reliance in the country’s food supply. By lessening its dependence on imports, Saint Lucia has sought to insulate itself from the ever-rising inflation affecting countries across the world.

Current projections from economic forecasters indicate that further rises in inflation are expected for 2023. This increase will prove particularly onerous for emerging and underdeveloped nations. According to data collected between May and August 2022, most low and middle-income countries have already experienced significantly high inflation, with 88.2% of low-income, 91.1% of lower-middle-income and 93% of upper-middle-income countries having experienced inflation rises above 5%. With domestic food price inflation very high across the world, including in the United States, Saint Lucia is standing firm against the odds.

One factor contributing to Saint Lucia’s success is the active participation of its youth in its agricultural upliftment. Across the world, there has been a decline in young workers entering the agriculture sector. With this shortage of farmers, most major food producers have reported declines in their output – with knock-on effects on food security. However, Saint Lucia’s agriculture minister noted that its youth are actively participating in the sector and that this participation has led to an improvement in the island’s food supply.

Building on this contribution from Saint Lucia’s youth, the government has introduced a number of new policies and subsidies to assist local farmers. These policies are supported by funds from the country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).  Citizenship by Investment allows individuals to gain citizenship to a country by investing a certain amount in the country’s economy. In Saint Lucia, this investment involves contributing to the National Economic Fund Investment Option which sponsors social development.

Launched in 2016, Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) is the newest CIP in the Caribbean. The programme hopes to establish itself as one of the best programmes in the world. In line with these aims, the programme is already ranked among the top three Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programmes in the world, according to the “CBI Index 2022” published by the PWM Magazine of the Financial Times.

High-net-worth individuals can invest in the National Economic Fund Investment, known as the Fund Option, to apply for alternative citizenship in Saint Lucia. The Fund Option allows investors to support the country’s socio-economic advancement as well as the expansion and development of its infrastructure. The minimum investment required is $100,000 (US).

Since the inception of the programme, Saint Lucia’s government has time and again proved its judiciousness, allocating the funds generated by its CIP to support socio-economic advancement. The programme also operates with a high degree of transparency, with the CIP providing detailed information to investors about how their funds are being used. Most recently, CIP funds have contributed to the uplift of the agriculture sector, particularly to the development of new and advanced farming techniques. The success of this support has become evident, with the country’s food production surging as it progresses towards food security.

Along with its support of Saint Lucia’s development, the CIP has proved exceptionally beneficial to investors. Given the opportunity to become global citizens, investors have thrived, with unimpeded access to the country providing an ideal framework for wealth planning, the expansion of business and access to international business markets.

Defying global uncertainties and crises in these uncertain times, Saint Lucia’s careful investment in food production proves its ability to provide a safe and secure environment for those looking to share in its prosperous future.

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Pizza Hut International Celebrates Iconic Original Pan® Pizza

Brand Marks 40th Pan-iversary by Declaring October Global Pizza Month and Raising a Slice to Toast in Over 50 Countries

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – The 1980s delivered many icons, but none more memorable or cheesier than the oft-imitated, never-duplicated Pizza Hut Original Pan Pizza. The menu item forever changed the pizza-eating experience, and at 40, it continues to exceed expectations as the most satisfying and most indulgent pizza around. In honor of the icon, Pizza Hut is hosting a celebration across 55 of its global markets, declaring October Global Pizza Month and serving up specials for fans around the world.

The celebration will spotlight the evolution of the iconic dish, as well as the brand’s story of “now that’s delivering,” which speaks to its global reach, accessibility and commitment to making it easier for everyone to get what they want. The digital-first campaign delivers on the promise that the Pan Pizza is the ultimate in satisfaction and that Pizza Hut International delivers the most satisfying experience anywhere, anytime.

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“No one loves pizza more than us. And to this day, there is nothing more satisfying or more unifying than that first, tasty bite,” said Vipul Chawla, president, Pizza Hut International. “It is simply in our DNA to deliver accessible happiness. We’re constantly thinking about a second serving – bigger, better and more innovative menu items that bring the world together, one Pan at a time.”

Since 1958, Pizza Hut has set out to make its pies with the finest ingredients, never compromising on taste or taking shortcuts. Today, recognizing that consumers want more from their eating experience, Pizza Hut delivers with new ways to be iconic by adapting to culture, staying original and contributing to the greater good.

“Pizza Hut has never lost the passion or taste for what inspired the Original Pan Pizza in 1980,” said Ana Maria Rodriguez, chief food innovation and quality officer, Pizza Hut International. “We always put our food and our customers first. Since our most classic menu item debuted 40 years ago, we remain forward-looking and forever young, curating ideas from around the globe to continue delivering with each Pan pie.”

Pizza Hut’s Pan-iversary delivers with global fan giveaways, special offers and more.

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