Signature Pet Products and Hi-Tek Rations are a family of about 100 U.S. companies and organizations heading to Latin America for the U.S. Department of Commerce-led Trade Winds-Latin America trade mission and business forum.
Trade Winds-Latin America features a three-day business forum in Santiago, Chile, plus optional trade mission stops in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. At each mission stop, attending companies will meet directly with government leaders, market experts and pre-vetted potential business partners in the region.
“The United States exported nearly $273 billion in goods in 2015 to the markets we’re visiting at Trade Winds,” said Arun Kumar, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. “The companies and organizations participating in Trade Winds will connect to the most promising business opportunities in the region, and we are proud to have such a strong delegation.”
Signature Pet Products is the distributing arm of Hi-Tek Rations, a 27-year-old manufacturer of high quality pet foods.
“Latin America presents a great opportunity and unique challenge for us,” said Carron Powell, co-founder of Signature Pet Products. “We are excited about joining this mission and finding inroads to success in the region.”
This is the ninth year the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service has led Trade Winds, and the program has directly supported more than $239 million in U.S. exports in six global regions. The mission brought 100 companies to Latin America in 2014, and supported more than $11 million in U.S. exports.
Trade Winds is an important part of the United States’ Look South initiative, which encourages U.S. companies to explore opportunities with free trade agreement partners in Latin America. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the initiative in January 2014.