Apparel Supply Chain Holds 800 Business Meetings at COTTON USA Fair in Mexico

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The COTTON USA Western Hemisphere Sourcing Fair, held in Cancun, Mexico, from June 8-11, brought together textile mills, retailers and apparel manufacturing companies to increase sales of U.S. cotton products.

Twelve U.S. mills, nine retailers from the United States, six Latin American retailers and 35 apparel manufacturing companies from Colombia, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru participated in the event.

The Sourcing Fair included a conference session with a panel of experts who addressed the cotton price situation, quantifying the value of time and trade policy updates. 

Following the seminar, the U.S. mills and retailers met for two days with Central American, Mexican and Andean textile and apparel executives in private meetings to discuss business opportunities. Approximately 800 individual meetings took place.

The U.S. mills that participated in the fair were: Alamac American Knits; Antex Knitting Mills; Buhler Quality Yarns, Corp.; CCW; Central Textiles/Cotswold Industries; Contempora Fabrics; Frontier Spinning Mills; Hamrick Mills, Inc.; Milliken; Parkdale; Swisstex Direct; and Tuscarora Yarns.

Participating retailers and brands included: American Eagle Outfitters, Ascena Group/Lane Bryant, Charlotte Russe, Gander Mountain, LL Bean, Perry Ellis, Target, The Life is Good and Tommy John Wear from the United States; Chedraui and Sears from Mexico; Falabella from Colombia; Puma from El Salvador; Saga Falabella from Peru; and VF from Panama.