The 15th ABF Franchising Expo 2006 was launched yesterday in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil. The Conference has approximately 200 exhibitors and attracts more than 21,000 visitors. Also this year, 10 franchises from Portugal are taking part at the event for the first time looking for new businesses opportunities in Brazil.
Brazil is a dynamic and business-oriented economy with a population of 170 million people, nearly half the population in South America. The territory of Brazil is the largest in Latin America and is larger than that of the continental United States. The country has a central location, sharing borders with 10 South American countries. It has a large and diversified manufacturing base and a vibrant commercial environment. Approximately 410 of the Fortune 500 corporations have operations in Brazil, and the American Chamber of Commerce of Brazil is the largest in the world outside of the United States with approximately 5,000 corporate members. The country’s population is much like that of the United States with a diverse ethnic composition and large numbers of recent immigrants from all over the world.
According to the Brazilian Franchising Census, released by ABF (Brazilian Franchising Association) in early 2001, between 1995 and 1999 the franchising segment grew 20%, with total revenues of approximately US$12 billion over five years, with total revenues of approximately US$12 billion over 5 years. Franchising accounts for approximately 25% of gross retail revenues. Brazil boasts more than 53,000 franchised outlets spread over approximately 30 business segments and provides over 350,000 jobs.
The Brazilian franchising market is very competitive but at the same time presents many good opportunities for U.S. firms with long-term business plans. The American Pavilion at ABF Franchising Expo is an excellent chance for your company to develop business in Brazil at a reasonable cost. The registration offers US exporters a special opportunity to enter the expanding Latin American market by exhibiting in the U.S. Pavilion. In addition, CS Brazil will provide the following services: Design and construction of a furnished booth, Marketing campaign in Brazil via NUSA (NetworkUSA) partner organizations located in Brazil’s 38 most dynamic business centers, Market counseling, Market overview, Shuttle service airport/hotel/airport and hotel/show/hotel, Hotel reservations, Trade Aides / interpreters etc.
Date: until June 10th, 2006
Time: from 1 to 9pm â€“ Saturday from midday to 6pm
Place: ITM Expo (Centro TÃªxtil) – SÃ£o Paulo
555, Engenheiro Roberto Zuccolo Avenue. Get the map here.
AssociaÃ§Ã£o Brasileira de Franchising (ABF)
Ticket: R$ 30,00 (for all the days)
For further information: www.abfexpo.com.br