Boutique butchers to Uruguay and wind towers to the US: niche exports are back

Biffe is a boutique butcher that was born with just US $ 10,000 of capital from the hand of Federico Tesio and Eduardo Canedo, 43, one expert in almost everything and the other lawyer and photographer who were friends and in turn knew a third party who He was already a manager of a high-quality meat exporting refrigerator. They decided on a strategic alliance at the end of 2016 to open butchers without a butcher, that is to say, sell the cuts of vacuum-packed beef, pork and lamb that comes from the Lowenstein family-based General Pico refrigerator. The refrigerator developed a special brand of meat for them, Ora Pampa, exclusively sold in their stores, which have already grown to 12 and are landing in Mendoza and Córdoba. By not having to make cuts of meat, but having alternatives from vacuum packaging; the stalls are smaller and can be operated by a single employee. Of course, the key, they claim, is a very standardized quality and location. Thus, they started in Palermo Chico then in Recoleta and grew with franchises. The novelty is that as soon as the pandemic ends, they will export the model and the meat from General Pico to Montevideo and Punta del Este. It’s funny but in this quarantine sales exploded.

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Last Wednesday, the first export of wind towers from Argentina to the United States was completed, a feat. The buyer was the Vestas company, one of the world leaders in wind energy. The export started from Port Dock Sud to the United States. And the production of the towers was carried out in record time, despite the pandemic. This was done on the MV Donaugrach vessel, which began to operate through the Loginter Group at the public dock of Puerto Dock Sud. The vessel will load a total of 45 sections of Vestas wind towers of 120 tons each. And 102 sections of wind towers will be exported. The manufacturing was in charge of GRI Calviño Towers Argentina, a partnership between the Spanish GRI Renewable Industries and the Argentine Metalúrgica Calviño. The project was born in 2017 with the objective of manufacturing world-class wind towers. They have a 50,000-meter plant and had the support of the Ministry of Productive Development of the Nation and Buenos Aires, in addition to INTI. Argentina, with seven wind farms operating, is already the fifth country on the continent in wind energy, behind the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Canada.
Cristina Kirchner’s meeting with the representatives of the Argentine Agroindustrial Council that brought her proposals to increase exports to $ 100 billion, generated another crack in the field. La Rural is the only entity that does not integrate that association that unites the entire agro-industrial chain. And their position is due to the fact that they are convinced that the objective is to reinstate the 3-point tariff differential that allows the industry to access the raw material for processing at a lower price. That differential was eliminated by Mauricio Macri and brought severe problems to the oil industry. In Rural they are promoting an alternative to the Agroindustrial Council together with the CREA and Apresid groups, the direct sowing association.
In her office of the Senate of the Nation, Cristina Kirchner received three representatives of the Argentine Agroindustrial Council (CCA). From left to right: Roberto Domenech, Pte of CEPA (Avicolas Processing Companies Center); Gustavo Idigoras, Chairman of CIARA-CEC and Jose Martins, Chairman of the Cereal Exchange.
In her office of the Senate of the Nation, Cristina Kirchner received three representatives of the Argentine Agroindustrial Council (CCA). From left to right: Roberto Domenech, Pte of CEPA (Avicolas Processing Companies Center); Gustavo Idigoras, Chairman of CIARA-CEC and Jose Martins, Chairman of the Cereal Exchange.

The certain possibility that the Chinese develop pig farms for export in Argentina alerted environmental organizations that set their sights on animal welfare. And also to local producers who fear that at some point China may close its market and Argentina is left with abundant volume and depressed prices. In this debate, the Ministry of Agriculture has not yet made its position known, but Chinese investment is being defended by the Foreign Ministry and the Argentine-Chinese Chamber of Production, Industry and Commerce, under the leadership of Carlos Spadone. The Chinese are looking for Argentine partners to carry it out. “The project plans to generate proteins of good nutritional quality, adding value to primary products such as corn, soybeans and other oilseeds.

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