Brazil Trucker Strikes Cause Food Distribution Delays

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Is Brazil’s Manufacturing Slowdown a Result of the World Cup or High Labor Costs?

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According to Reuters, “Output at factories and mines rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in July from June, statistics agency IBGE said on Tuesday. That surpassed expectations of a 0.5 percent increase forecast, according to a Reuters survey of 20 analysts. Industrial production had fallen 1.4 percent in June from May, partly due to the World Cup soccer tournament. Factories idled production during some game days in the month.” [Read more…]

Trouble Brewing for Coffee Suppliers Amid Brazilian Drought

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According to Bloomberg News, “Production in Brazil, the world’s top grower, may drop as much as 18 percent to 40.1 million bags when the harvest ends next month, the National Coffee Council estimates, after a 3.1 percent slide last year. With damage worsening before the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere, the council said farmers may collect less than 40 million bags in 2015, creating the longest slump in five decades.” [Read more…]

Food Fight: Russian Trade Sanctions Impact Produce Prices and More

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GM Invests Almost $3 Billion in Brazilian Auto Manufacturing

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Monsanto Wades Through More Weeds with the Latest Charges from Brazilian Farmers

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Planes, Trains and Energy Deals: China’s Visit to Brazil

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China, Brazil and Peru could soon work together to build a railway transportation system. Talks of the system, which will run from the Peruvian Pacific coast to the Brazilian Atlantic coast, concluded on July 23 after a visit that involved the signing of multiple trade-related deals. [Read more…]

Samsung’s Brazilian Plant Loses $6.4 Million in Stolen Goods

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According to Reuters, “Bandits attacked a Samsung Electronics Co Ltd factory near Sao Paulo late Sunday and held workers hostage while they robbed truckloads of smartphones, tablets and notebook computers.” [Read more…]

Manufacturing and Transportation Highlights from the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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According to, “Nine days ahead of the Opening Game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, FIFA and its Partner Hyundai/Kia staged a ceremony at the Arena de Sao Paulo where a dedicated transportation fleet of over one thousand vehicles was ceremonially handed over for usage during the event.” [Read more…]

Officials Move to Save Brazilian Exports and Manufacturing with New Terminals

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Brazil’s manufacturing and service sectors take a hit as the April PMI shows the country dropped in its service sector. Reuters notes, “Growth in Brazil’s services sector slowed in April as business sentiment soured, a survey showed on Tuesday, suggesting companies increasingly expect little of the windfall they once hoped would come with hosting the upcoming soccer World Cup.

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