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Chilean fresh fruit featured at ASOEX-sponsored Passport D.C.

Chile opened the doors of its U.S. embassy in Washington, DC, May 6 to more than 4,000 visitors and guests, joining the annual Around the World Embassy Tour. With fresh fruit being one of Chile’s key exports, Fruits from Chile representatives were on hand to showcase and sample the wide variety of fruits available from Chile.

The Around the World Embassy Tour was just one of the highlights of Passport D.C. 2017, a month-long journey around the world highlighting the city's thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture. More than 40 embassies participated in the tour, giving guests the opportunity to experience the food, art, dance, fashion and music of their respective countries.Susanne-Bertolas-and-Ambassador-Juan-Gabriel-ValdesSusanne Bertolas, Chilean Fresh Fruit Association merchandiser, and Ambassador Juan Gabriel Valdés.

Ambassador Juan Gabriel Valdés received visitors to the Chilean embassy. The residence was filled with music, art and, of course, gourmet food and wines.  Chile welcomed visitors with traditional music from the north, south and center of the country by the tenor Mauricio Miranda.

The embassy also opened all the halls of the residence so guests could enjoy paintings and sculptures of important artists such as Sergio Lira, Mario Toral, Nemesio Antúnez and Sergio Castillo. Guests enjoyed Chilean mussels, sipped on fine Chilean wines and pisco cocktails, and savored Chile’s premium olive oils.  

As one of Chile’s top exports, fresh fruit was in the spotlight. With a wooden cart reminiscent of what one would see years ago in Chile’s outdoor markets, Chilean Fresh Fruit Association merchandiser Susanne Bertolas sampled some of Chile’s finest fruit and introduced guests to the wide range of Chilean fruit enjoyed by U.S. consumers throughout the year.

“We are proud to join the Chilean Embassy as they showcase the finest offerings from Chile,” said Ronald Bown, chairman of the board of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Exporters Association, known more commonly by the acronym ASOEX. “The Chilean fresh fruit industry is committed to providing the U.S. market with a diverse and quality offering of fruits throughout the year, and we appreciate the platform to further introduce our fruits to the American public.”