COTTON USA Western Hemisphere Sourcing Fair Connects U.S. Mills with Retailers and Apparel Manufacturers
The COTTON USA Western Hemisphere Sourcing Fair brought together nine U.S. mills, seven U.S. retailers, one European retailer, four Latin American retailers and 39 apparel manufacturing companies from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Peru. This was the second Sourcing Fair that took place in Colombia, in order to take advantage of the recent FTA between Colombia and United States.
Participating companies included: U.S. mills - Alamac American Knits, American Denimatrix, Antex Knitting Mills, Buhler Quality Yarns, Frontier Spinning Mills, Hamrick Mills Inc., Parkdale, Tuscarora Yarns and Zagis USA; Retailers - Cabela’s Inc., Casual Male, J. Jill, Lands’ End Inc., Nordstrom, Phillips-Van Heusen and Zumba Fitness (United States); Benetton Brazil (Europe); and Almacenes Paris, Falabella, La Polar and Ripley (Latin America).
CCI held a dinner the first day to welcome more than 110 attendees to the Sourcing Fair. P. Michael McKinley, U.S. Ambassador to Bogotá, Colombia, gave the opening remarks. The Fair included a conference session with a panel of experts from Alston & Bird LLP, A.T. Kearney Inc., Cotton Incorporated and Yiyang Trading. The panel addressed important textile and apparel agreements for Latin America and Europe, the cotton price situation, and an outlook on Western Hemisphere textile, U.S. retail and apparel, and Latin American retail and apparel.
Following the seminar, the U.S. mills and retailers met with CBI, Mexican and Andean textile and apparel executives in private meetings to discuss business opportunities. Over a period of about 10 hours, 700 individual meetings took place. Cotton Incorporated also supported the event by answering questions about cotton product developments.
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