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Canada-Mercosur exploratory talks hailed as positive

By Stephen Daniells

Exploratory talks on a comprehensive free trade agreement between the Mercosur trade bloc and Canada have concluded on a positive note, opening Canada up to potential reduce tariffs for many of Mercosur’s exports.

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Cracking the baru nut market

By Sorrel Moseley-Williams

Possessing an enviable array of nutrients, an exotic Brazilian heritage and the ‘superfood’ moniker, the relatively unknown baru nut’s future looks promising.

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Chile creates organic label to comply with EU norms

By Sorrel Moseley-Williams

Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) launched a new organic agricultural label for both domestic and European consumers last December, the moves comes as part of an accord reached with the European Union (EU) in 2017.

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Misty Cream: Capturing Colombian taste buds with liquid nitrogen

By Sorrel Moseley-Williams

From selling ice-cream out of a tiny food cart on a Bogotá corner to clinching 15 franchises including retail store fronts in Colombia’s largest cities in just 18 months, Misty Cream has captured sweet-toothed Colombians’ taste buds with artisan ice-cream....

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Cargill suspends business with Guatemalan palm oil supplier

By Stephen Daniells

Agri-giant Cargill has announced it has suspended sourcing palm oil from Reforestadora de Palmas del Petén, S.A (REPSA) after the Guatemalan supplier failed to meet Cargill’s sustainable palm oil policy.

UPM Raflatac opens new terminal in Santiago, Chile

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UPM Raflatac opens new terminal in Santiago, Chile

By Stephen Daniells

UPM Raflatac, a leading supplier of pressure sensitive labeling solutions, has opened a new labelstock slitting and distribution terminal in Santiago to expand its customer reach Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Peru.

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Mexico’s COFEPRIS approves next gen stevia use

By Stephen Daniells

Mexico’s Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS), led by Julio Sánchez y Tepoz, has approved SweeGen's next-generation Reb M sweetener for use in food and beverage categories already approved for steviol glycosides.

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SPOTLIGHT ON BRAZIL: ‘Big CPG brands are changing their mindset’

By Elaine Watson

With unemployment rates approaching 14% after two years of recession, Brazil’s economy is projected to grow by less than 0.5% in 2017, while the president has become embroiled in a corruption scandal some commentators fear could endanger an economic recovery....