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Monday, September 29, 2014

NextEra Energy listed among Best Companies for Diversity by HispanicBusiness, Inc. in 2014

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), one of the largest clean energy companies in North America and parent company of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), today announced that it has been named one of the nation's best companies for diversity practices by HispanicBusiness, Inc. for the fifth consecutive year.

"We're extremely honored to be named to this prestigious list for the fifth straight year," said Deborah Caplan, executive vice president of human resources and corporate services for NextEra Energy. "We firmly believe that diversity and inclusion provide us a competitive advantage, helping to position us as a much stronger company. Diversity in perspective and experience enables us to innovate constantly as we grow our clean energy portfolio, continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers and better serve our communities and other important stakeholders."

HispanicBusiness Inc.'s analysis and resulting scorecard ranks companies on their efforts in five broad areas: board and leadership; recruitment; retention and promotion; marketing and community outreach; and supplier diversity. Just 45 companies were named to this year's list.

At NextEra Energy, nearly one in five of the employees hired in 2013 are Hispanic, while 40 percent of those hired are members of minority groups. Nearly 25 percent of the FPL workforce is Hispanic.

NextEra Energy sponsors a wide range of social, economic development, educational and community-based initiatives in the Hispanic communities the company serves. More than 15 percent of the company's advertising efforts are directed to its Hispanic customers, and nearly 10 percent of the company's total purchases during fiscal year 2013 were from small business or minority contractors. In addition, NextEra Energy contributed $260,000 to minority groups and community services last year. 

At NextEra Energy, the Hispanic Organization of Latino Americans (HOLA) is one of 11 employee network groups. HOLA promotes employees' diverse talents and fosters an inclusive business environment, which in turn can help the company serve its diverse customer base. Members of HOLA benefit from information sharing, career development, mentoring and team building. HOLA supports NextEra Energy's corporate diversity and inclusion strategy and recognizes the value that Hispanic/Latino employees bring to the company's inclusive work environment.

HispanicBusiness, Inc.'s 2014 Annual Diversity Report and list of Best Companies for Diversity are available at:

Earlier this year, NextEra Energy was honored for the eighth consecutive year as the No. 1 company in its sector in Fortune magazine's annual Most Admired Companies list. Other honors this year include: a World's Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute for the seventh time; and, for the ninth time, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award by the National Business Group on Health. NextEra Energy subsidiary Florida Power & Light Company was recognized in 2014 as the most trusted U.S. electric utility by Market Strategies International.

For more information on many of NextEra Energy's corporate responsibility initiatives, please view the company's latest report at

NextEra Energy, Inc. 
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $15.1 billion, approximately 42,500 megawatts of generating capacity, and approximately 13,900 employees in 26 states and Canada as of year-end 2013. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra Energy's principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves approximately 4.7 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the United States, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun. Through its subsidiaries, NextEra Energy generates clean, emissions-free electricity from eight commercial nuclear power units in Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin. NextEra Energy has been recognized often by third parties for its efforts in sustainability, corporate responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity, and has been named No. 1 overall among electric and gas utilities on Fortune's list of "World's Most Admired Companies" for eight consecutive years, which is an unprecedented achievement in its industry. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites:,,

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

GuideWell and Organizacion Sanitas Internacional establish international joint venture to deliver high-quality and affordable health care to the Hispanic market in Florida and beyond

MIAMI, Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell) and Organizacion Sanitas Internacional (OSI) have established a strategic alliance to create a new company with the purpose of offering a culturally relevant health delivery model that provides affordable and quality health care to the important and growing Hispanic market.

This international strategic alliance brings two leading health care brands together. GuideWell is a health solutions organization that is focused on transforming health care. The GuideWell companies include: Florida Blue (Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan), GuideWell Health (a health care delivery company), GuideWell Connect (a health care consumer marketing company), and Diversified Service Options.

Organizacion Sanitas Internacional is a leading health care business group in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Brazil, through companies such as Colsanitas, Medisanitas, Sanitas Venezuela, Positiva Sanitas and Medisanitas Brasil. In addition, OSI owns a wide network of highly recognized clinics and hospitals focused on delivering high quality health care services, as well as educational institutions with a corporate social mission.

This unique health care model will be patient-centered, delivering high-quality and cost-effective health care through the establishment of local community medical centers. These centers will not only provide health care education and resources for area residents, but they will also provide medical services, such as primary care, select specialty care, walk-in care, lab, diagnostic and pharmacy services.

The medical centers' entire patient experience will be designed to meet the needs and preferences of those in the local markets, including cultural and linguistic aspects that are critical to resonating with a wide variety of Hispanic groups. Furthermore, there will be additional considerations for patient-engagement programs to address country of origin and assimilation differences amongst the targeted Hispanic cultures.   

These centers will initially serve communities in the Miami-Dade area, with potential future expansion planned for other regions of Florida as well as key Hispanic markets elsewhere in the United States.

Medical services at the centers will be offered to a broad range of consumers. While primarily targeting customers looking for primary care services as part of the Affordable Care Act's individual market, the medical centers will also be considered in-network options for Florida Blue's employer-group and Medicare health plans available in Miami-Dade.

"We are honored to partner with the Organizacion Sanitas Internacional on this first-of-its kind international health care collaboration," said Pat Geraghty, chairman and CEO of GuideWell. "The Hispanic market is one of the fastest growing segments in the country in general and in Florida specifically, and by collaborating with a leading Latin American health care company with deep experience in serving these communities, it will allow us to create health care solutions with lasting and meaningful impact for those we serve."

"This alliance responds to a need from many of our members in Latin America. We know that the Hispanic community will embrace this alliance between our companies, as we share the same values and commitment to delivering high quality health solutions for our members," said Joseba Grajales, majority shareholder of Organizacion Sanitas Internacional. "As part of our vision for expansion, we are honored to partner with GuideWell who is a leader in healthcare in the United States."

For Hispanic customers living in the United States and those in OSI markets, this alliance will offer access to an international network of high-quality health care medical centers that have been successfully implemented across Latin America.

About GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation
GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation is a not-for-profit mutual holding company that is the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care. The GuideWell companies include: Florida Blue (Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan), GuideWell Health (a health care delivery company), GuideWell Connect (a health care consumer marketing company), and Diversified Service Options (an administrative and claims processing company for state and federal health care programs).

About Organizacion Sanitas Internacional
Organizacion Sanitas Internacional is a leading health care business group in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Brazil, through companies such as Colsanitas, Medisanitas, Sanitas Venezuela, Plan Sanitas, Positiva Sanitas, Medisanitas Brasil and Vitallis. OSI owns a wide network of clinics and hospitals focused on health care services. In Colombia, this network includes highly recognized institutions such as: Clinica Reina Sofia, Clinica Universitaria Colombia, Clinica Sebastián de Belalcazar, Clinica de la Costa and Clinica Hispanoamérica, as well as Clinisanitas, which are specialized in outpatient care, pediatric, women's health, ophthalmology and diagnostic services, among others. In addition, OSI has educational institutions with a corporate social mission.   

SOURCE GuideWell

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Utah Hosts Largest Ever U.S. Meeting of Hispanic Business Leaders

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held its annual convention in Salt Lake City this week. The organization's leader says Utah may seem like a counterintuitive choice, but it has proved to be a success.

Utah may be sparsely populated, and it may not be the most ethnically diverse state in the country, but the President of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Javier Palomarez was clearly pleased with the turnout.

“This is officially the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in American history,” Palomarez announced at a luncheon Tuesday. He estimated that 7300 people came to the convention, with over 185 major corporations represented

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Study: Hispanic Business Growth Drives U.S. Economy, Outpaces National Average

Hispanics are starting and growing more businesses than all other ethnic groups, according to a study released today by Geoscape, a leading provider of business intelligence technology, data and analytics, and published in partnership with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The Hispanics in Business 2014 study details the impact of Hispanic businesses ownership, entrepreneurship and wealth. It contains data sourced from Geoscape, the U.S. Census, Nielsen Scarborough, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. The results were formally unveiled at The USHCC National Convention, taking place this week in Salt Lake City.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Keys to Marketing to the Hispanic Population

By 2015, the U.S. Hispanic market's purchasing power will total $1.3 trillion.

Today, Hispanics account for one in six Americans, or 53 million people. Hispanic families consume more media and are more responsive to media than the general population, according to a new IRI report titled “Point of View: Winning with the Hispanic Consumer Today.”

Additionally, 70% of Hispanics are under age 40, making investment in this group a wise long-term proposition, the report states. Marketers have historically underserved Hispanic shoppers, but continuing to do so would be a mistake: IRI analysis shows that a $1 billion CPG (consumer packaged goods) company can earn an extra $71 million in revenue annually by investing more effectively in the Hispanic consumer.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Read Conmigo Launches Search For Latino Children's Book Authors During Hispanic Heritage Month

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent national study released by the Children's Book Center noted the significant absence of people of color in children's picture books. Specifically, less than 2 percent of children's books were Latino-themed and only 1.5 percent (or 48 books) of the 3,200 children's works published in 2013 in the U.S. were written by Latino authors. In an effort to change these startling statistics one book at a time, the nationally recognized bilingual literacy campaign, Read Conmigo, is kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month by introducing the "Preserving our Culture through Bilingual Literacy" contest for budding Latino children's book authors based in the Southern California area. The contest will run through October 31, 2014.

"Having access to culturally relevant and ethnically diverse books is essential for young readers and their families," says Jim Gober, Chairman/CEO of Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation, the parent company of Infinity Auto Insurance. "We are proud to offer this contest as an important bridge between talented Latino authors and young impressionable readers to make books a memorable literary adventure for all, especially during Hispanic Heritage Month."

Participants in the "Preserving our Culture through Bilingual Literacy" contest will compete for an opportunity to have their children's story published. The story must feature one of several Read Conmigo characters and the winning author(s) will receive $1000 in prize money. Winner(s) will be notified by November 14th.

All manuscripts must be submitted by October 31, 2014 and meet the following criteria:

Author Profile – Must be from Southern California 18 years old or over, of Latino origin; no prior published work or writing experience necessary
Target Reader – All submissions should be suitable for reading levels Pre-K through 5th Grade
Language – Story must be submitted in both English and Spanish
Characters- Story must include one or more of the Read Conmigo characters
Word count: Minimum is 400 words; maximum length is 1500 words
To submit a manuscript and for complete rules and contest details visit

SOURCE Read Conmigo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Next Galaxy Adds Music Pioneer Ron Diaz to its Management Team to Create Latin American Virtual Reality Entertainment and Educational Content

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Galaxy Corp. (OTCQB: NXGA), a leading developer of innovative content solutions and fully immersive Consumer Virtual Reality technology, is proud to announce that Ron Diaz, the President of iDiaz Entertainment, has joined the Company's management team to head Next Galaxy's Strategic Partnerships & Business Development in Latin America, with the responsibility of producing events and concerts for the company's Ceek platform with leading Latino performers. Additionally, Mr. Diaz will be responsible for developing Virtual Reality educational content for the Latin American population.

"Latin music is an important component of the music industry and commands a global audience," commented Mary Spio, President of Next Galaxy Corp. "Our priorities in Latin America are both entertainment and education, where we see a tremendous opportunity to achieve scale as a leader in transforming education in an innovative way for more than 600 million Latin Americans. Ron's decades of experience and industry connections spanning the U.S. to the tip of South America will be integral in our company meeting its goals and bringing this unique content to We are honored to have him as part of our team."

Ron Diaz is an entrepreneur who has always been on the cutting edge of Latino music and culture.  In Los Angeles, he was a founding member of the Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences that developed Hispanic talent throughout the United States. He also produced the first Latin jazz concert at New York's Carnegie Hall honoring Maestro Chico O'Farrill, Tito Puente and a constellation of other illustrious musicians. Mr. Diaz also spearheaded the inception of the Latin Jazz record label Songosaurus, producing Paquito de Rivera, Alturo Sandoval and other illustrious Latin musicians. In 2012, Ron was the executive producer of Richie Zellon's latest release, "Beatles Afro Peruvian Jazz Tribute," bringing credence to his vision to mix and introduce new sounds. 

As President of Next Galaxy's Latin American operations, Diaz will continue to travel throughout South America to uncover exotic blends of native music and culture to bring to the world.

"My lifelong ambition has been to transport globally the hidden richness of Latin America to tell its untold stories and to assemble the amazing talents of popular and undiscovered musicians for everyone to enjoy.  The prospect of delivering these experiences through the latest immersive video and audio innovations of Next Galaxy's Virtual Reality platform is awe-inspiring," said Ron Diaz.

About Next Galaxy Corp:
Next Galaxy Corporation is a leading developer of innovative content solutions, Augmented and fully Immersive Consumer Virtual Reality technology. The Company's flagship consumer product in development is CEEK, a next-generation fully immersive entertainment and social virtual reality platform featuring a combination of live, virtual and augmented events and experiences. Next Galaxy's CEEK simulates the communal experience of attending live events, such as concerts, sporting events or business conferences through Virtual and Augmented Reality. Next Galaxy is developing entertainment and educational experiences for VR Cinema, VR Concerts, VR Sports, VR Business, VR Tourism and more. In short, Next Galaxy is building the meeting places of the future. For further information, visit

SOURCE Next Galaxy Corp.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Atlanta Hawks’ Owner Stumbles on Line Between Business and Bias

“My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base.”

That was one of many offensive quotes that emerged a little more than a week ago from an email that Bruce Levenson, the owner of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, sent to his colleagues two years ago. That email — and an internal investigation — pushed Mr. Levenson, a longtime businessman, to apologize and put the team up for sale.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Mundofox Now Available On Time Warner Cable In New York

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 15, 2014 – Spanish-language broadcast network MundoFox announced today that it is now available to Time Warner Cable digital subscribers in the New York metro area. Viewers are able to access the network’s programming line-up of original, high-quality productions immediately on Time Warner Cable channels 807 and 1229. Carriage by Time Warner Cable provides a significant increase in distribution for the network in the New York market.

“Time Warner Cable is an important partner to MundoFox” said Ibra Morales, President of MundoFox. “Today marks a milestone in our continuously growing distribution efforts. We welcome our new viewers in New York, who are now able to enjoy MundoFox’s unique, high-quality programming, bringing more choice to their Spanish-language entertainment programming options.”

Viewers will be able to enjoy a diverse array of original, high-quality productions, including, the family fun-filled game show ‘100 Latinos Dijeron’  with host Marco Antonio Regil, the international hit drama ‘Suleimán El Gran Sultán’, appointment news with ‘Noticias MundoFox con Rolando Nichols’, the hilarious comedy series ‘Familia en Venta’ starring Roselyn Sánchez & Carlos Espejel and much more.

“We are delighted that Time Warner Cable’s subscribers are now able to enjoy MundoFox’s programming in the comfort of their own home” said Luis Roldan, EVP/ COO of America CV, MundoFox’s New York affiliate. “We look forward to working with the New York Latino community as we become their destination of choice for quality entertainment.”

For additional information, please visit:

About MundoFox
MundoFox is a joint venture between Fox International Channels (FIC), 21st Century Fox’s international multimedia business, and RCN, the leading Latin American television network and production company belonging to Organización Ardila Lülle (OAL). Together FIC and RCN currently reach over 1.6 billion subscribers worldwide with original series, novelas, dramas, game shows, reality, news and lifestyle programming.  MundoFox is broadcast over-the-air on the network’s affiliate stations as well as through cable, satellite and telco providers in markets representing nearly 80% of U.S. Hispanic households.  MundoFox, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, launched in fall 2012.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Executive’s Desk: Marketing to Hispanics requires awareness

Doing business in New Mexico requires an awareness of – and sensitivity to – the attitudes and preferences of people who identify as Hispanic or Latino, because this demographic represents a plurality of New Mexico’s population. Hispanics are 47 percent of the state’s residents – the largest percentage of any other racial or ethnic group.

In its annual statewide perception survey, the Garrity Group learned how Hispanics and Anglos feel about 17 industries and institutions and 14 professions and how people in both groups use different media for news, information and shopping.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber leading trade mission to Spain

A San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce delegation is currently in Spain to visit the cities of Málaga, Sevilla, Córdoba and Madrid.

The delegation includes the Hispanic Chamber staff, and representatives of Spanish multination corporation Abengoa (NASDAQ: ABGB), the City of San Antonio, Bexar County and The Borderplex Alliance. They left on Thursday, Sept. 4, but should return on Sept. 11.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Puerto Rican Film Festival on its 4th Annual International Event

New York, New York - The 4th Annual International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (IPRHFF) is pleased to announce its’ return November 12-16, 2014 in Spanish Harlem, NYC

This year there will be 5 events beginning in June leading up to the main event. The Road to IPRHFF is being organized by Privilege Marketing Group.

The 2014 IPRHFF will showcase pioneering, historically significant films and documentaries, contemporary shorts and features, and other innovative films. Every film will feature Puerto Rico and its people in key production roles, from behind the scenes to the front of the screen. A celebrity panel discussion will explore film industry related topics; discuss the challenges and potential for young Latino filmmakers to make an impact. Finally, receptions and after-parties throughout the weekend will give participants an opportunity to celebrate their Heritage and network with other industry professionals.

In addition, the IPRHFF will join a new celebrity spokes person, to the tradition of the festival. Puerto Ricans were the first and largest Spanish speaking group to migrate and settle in the big apple, paving the way for other Latinos. 

This festival was initiated to pay tribute to that Puerto Rican legacy, while celebrating the richness of their traditions, creative expressions and contributions to the welfare and growth of the United States, especially within the context of other Latino contributions.

Come experience the heritage for yourself and help support them as they share their incredible work!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Census Bureau Looking to Bolster Data Collection From Hispanics

The U.S. Census Bureau is planning to run a test next year aimed at ensuring a more complete collection of data from Hispanic households in the 2020 census and minimizing non-responses from those households.

The move has the potential to change the data the government uses to decide everything from where to build new schools and how various federal funds flow back to the states.

In a rule due to be published Tuesday, the Census Bureau says it will run a Census test in early 2015 that tries to reduce the number of non-responses, including by stopping the delivery of census forms to vacant housing units

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Friday, August 29, 2014

The Making of “Latinos”

In early November 2004, I was sitting in my Hong Kong office sifting through the results of the just completed elections when I saw that two Hispanics had been elected to the U.S. Senate: a Mexican-American from Colorado, Ken Salazar, and a Cuban-American from Florida, Mel Martinez. Even more eye-popping was the fact that Hispanics had given George W. Bush 43 percent support across the country. As editor of the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal’s Asia edition at the time, I usually wrote about Asian matters, but I decided this time to write an op-ed celebrating all these trends. The result was “Hispanics for Jorge,” published on November 8, 2004

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Avocados from Mexico plans Hispanic retail promotion

Avocados from Mexico will offer a promotion, Échale al Asador — Toss it on the Grill — at about 1,200 Hispanic retail outlets Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Participating stores include chain and independent operations in California, Arizona, Texas, Chicago and Florida.

The program, which coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, features a sweepstakes, recipes and a coupon offer as well as in-store merchandising and digital and social media elements.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Packaged Facts: Latino Food Shoppers Increasingly Mirror Habits of American Consumers Overall

Package Facts
ROCKVILLE, Md.Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over the past decade the food buying habits of Hispanics have begun to mirror those of American consumers as a whole, and U.S. marketers must be aware of various emerging trends if they seek to effectively reach the increasingly influential Latino consumer segment, according to Hispanic Food Shoppers in the U.S., a recent report by market research publisher Packaged Facts.
The report can be found at here
"It's become evident that Hispanic consumers are spending a significantly higher portion of their food budgets on packaged foods such as processed vegetables, as well as on frozen and canned meals," says Packaged Facts research director David Sprinkle.  "At the same time, Latino spending on fresh produce and meats has declined in an almost archetypal American fashion." 
There are wide differences in the food preferences of various national groups of Hispanic food shoppers.  Some reflect local U.S. eating habits.  Puerto Ricans and Dominicans, for example, are concentrated in the New Yorkmetro area and are more likely to eat bagels.  Other differences reflect acculturation factors.  For example, Puerto Ricans have a long history on the U.S. mainland and are more likely than other Latino groups to reflect the habits of food shoppers as a whole.  Still other variations are more straightforwardly related to national and regional origins, including the obvious fact that packaged "Mexican" foods and ingredients are most likely to be used by Latinos whose heritage is from Mexico or Central America.  
While there can be significant differences in food preferences within the Hispanic population, a gap between the purchasing patterns of Hispanic and all food shoppers on average also persists.  Hispanic food shoppers have been devoting an increasing percentage of their food dollars to the center of the store, but there are a wide variety of food products that Latinos (with the exception of Puerto Ricans and in a few cases Mexicans) choose not to buy.  These include traditional mainstream American foods such as peanut butter, pretzels and pickles.
And although the Spanish language plays a central role in the broader Hispanic experience in the U.S., data in the report suggest that the direct impact of in-language marketing efforts on Hispanic food shoppers is lessening.  Only 36% remember more about or pay more attention to products and services that are advertised in Spanish.  Nevertheless, Spanish-language advertising and labeling is still worth the investment as a corporate image-building effort, even with highly acculturated Hispanic food shoppers.
Looking ahead, Packaged Facts expects that the continuing healthy growth in the Hispanic population, an improving economy that will lift job prospects for Latino workers, the overall confidence about the future demonstrated by Hispanic consumers and improved marketing and merchandising by food marketers and retailers will contribute to a more vigorous growth rate in Hispanic food expenditures in grocery and other food stores than was seen in the last five years.  As U.S.-born Hispanics account for an increasing share of the Hispanic population, spending by Hispanic consumer units on processed foods and packaged goods in the center of the store is expected to increase at an even faster rate than overall food expenditures  Overall, Packaged Facts forecasts that expenditures by Hispanic food shoppers will reach $86 billion in 2018.  This represents cumulative growth of more than 28% and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 5%. 
For more information on Hispanic Food Shoppers in the U.S. and other reports in Packaged Facts' industry-leading catalog of market research reports please visit:
About Packaged Facts – Packaged Facts, a division of, publishes market intelligence on a wide range of consumer market topics, including consumer demographics and shopper insights, consumer financial products and services, consumer goods and retailing, consumer packaged goods, and pet products and services.  Packaged Facts also offers a full range of custom research services.
Please visit Packaged Facts on LinkedIn for more culinary, food packaging, food retailing and foodservice insights.  Follow us also on Twitter and Google+.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

ESN Named Among Nation's Fastest-Growing Hispanic Companies

ARLINGTON, Va.Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Engineering Services Network, Inc. (ESN), a leading engineering and IT solutions company in Arlington, VA, announced today that it is among's 100 fastest-growing companies in 2014.

ESN, a Hispanic-owned company founded in 1995 by retired Navy Cmdr. Raymond F. Lopez, Jr., ranked 96th on the list—with an astounding five-year sales growth of 49%. noted that ESN had a compound annual rate of 10.44%, jumping from revenues of $25.8 million in 2009 to $38.3 million in 2013.

Said Mr. Lopez, ESN's President and CEO, "Our efforts to increase our services from Navy-centric offerings to IT solutions have helped ESN expand its customer base to include the Air Force, Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies. Through those changes, we have continued our commitment on providing cost-effective, on-time solutions to our customers."
For years, ESN had ranked among the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies in the U.S. Because of the Great Recession, Hispanic Business whittled the 30-year-old list down to the Top 100 earners.

Although ESN didn't make the list of 100-largest Hispanic-owned companies, ESN ranked on's list of the fastest-growing 100 companies during the last five-year period.
"Despite the decline in company revenues in the last few years, we at ESN have focused on using the opportunities presented by the Great Recession to accelerate our growth, as evidenced in the latest ranking in the Top 100," said Mr. Lopez.

He added: "I look for improvement in the Federal space and to maintain what we have in the Department of Defense. Our new concentration will be on workforce development and to realign our market offerings." The company has about 250 employees in the U.S. and overseas.

About Engineering Services Network, Inc. ESN is a trusted leader in engineering and technology solutions. For nearly two decades, ESN has been proudly standing "Shoulder to Shoulder®" with our military and government customers, delivering critical services for missions that matter. ESN provides our military and government customers with mission-critical services in the areas of: professional management & systems engineering servicescyber security & information / mission assurance servicesnetwork design, integration, & data center consolidation servicesenterprise IT ITIL & ITSM servicessystems development & life-cycle serviceshealth IT services; and acquisition services.
Based in Arlington, VA, ESN has regional and field offices throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Founded in 1995, ESN is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has achieved Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 2 for Services v 1.3, and CMMI Maturity Level 3 for Development v 1.3. ESN customers include the VA, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, Military Sealift Command, Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. Visit ESN at  ESN is a VA-Certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business.

3rd Annual Festival People en Español announces hour-by-hour schedule for free daytime empowerment experience and celebrity meet & greets

NEW YORK, NY (August 25, 2014) –The highly anticipated 3rd annual Festival PEOPLE en Español returns to San Antonio this Labor Day weekend with more talent, performers and celebrity meet & greets than ever before!  Over 30 celebrities and influencers will descend upon San Antonio, TX, this Labor Day weekend for a free, family-fun experience August 30 & 31 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

The expanded daytime events will feature twice as many celebrities, double the amount of meet & greets and nearly double the number of performers as compared to last year’s Festival.   Over two full days, Festival PEOPLE en Español will offer engaging on-site activities for families, youth empowerment programs, free giveaways, and exclusive access to the latest debuts of top television shows, telenovelas and movies.  

The 2014 Festival PEOPLE en Español FREE daytime empowerment experience line-up at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is as follows: 

·       Saturday, August 30: Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, Isabel Sanchez, Bishop TD Jakes, Dr. Juan Rivera, Mane de la Parra, Priscila Angel, Gabriel Coronel, Genesis Rodriguez, Miguel Arteta, Cristela Alonzo, Maite Perroni and Chris Perez.
For the full hour-by-hour Saturday program and celebrity meet & greet schedule visit:

·       Sunday, August 31:  DJ Ernie D, Zendaya, Becky G, Matt Hunter, Miguelito, Leslie Grace, Rosie Castro, Eyra Pérez, Las Fenix, Blue Demon, Lena Hansen, Saúl Canelo Álvarez, María Marín, Ana María Polo, Don Francisco, Priscila Angel, Myrka Dellanos, Eduardo Verastegui, Edith Gonzalez and Jaci Velásquez.
For the full hour-by-hour Sunday program and celebrity meet & greet schedule visit:

In addition to the daytime activities, San Antonio’s Lila Cockrell Theater will be transformed on Saturday night, Aug. 30, for the Chicas Poderosas concert powered by Disney, headlined by two of today’s hottest young performers, Zendaya and Becky G.  Concert tickets start at $25, available via Ticketmaster.  

For the latest updates about Festival PEOPLE en Español, join the conversation:, Twitter, Facebook, #festivalpeople.

The 2014 Festival PEOPLE en Español is powered by Disney. Additional sponsors include major sponsors Coca-Cola and Jeep; official sponsors COVERGIRL, HEB, and Strayer University; host sponsors the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau; screening partners ABC, Azteca, HBO Latino and Walt Disney Film Studios; partners AARP, St. Jude and Center for Disease Control; media partners CNN, MusicChoice and Telemundo. 

About Festival PEOPLE en Español:

PEOPLE en Espanol’s annual Festival aims to entertain, inspire and unite Hispanic families around an unparalleled celebration of culture.   Festival PEOPLE en Español has become one of the year’s most-anticipated celebrations of Hispanic culture featuring today's hottest celebrities, expert panels and family-fun activities over Labor Day weekend.

About PEOPLE en Español:  
PEOPLE en Español was launched in 1996 as a special issue, and today has become the top-selling Hispanic magazine in the United States. Published 11 times a year, PEOPLE en Español reaches an audience of 6.9 million every month with its editorial mix of Hispanic and popular entertainment, fashion and beauty trends, and compelling human-interest stories. PEOPLE en Español delivers original editorial content that captures the values, contributions and impact of today's Hispanics in the U.S.   The brand’s social media footprint includes over a 1,000,000 followers on Twitter and over 2.9 million fans on Facebook.  For daily news, photos, exclusive behind-the-scenes video and celebrity scoops, visit

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Denny's Latino Facebook page speaks Hispanic consumers' language

Denny’s has fostered its relationship with seniors, Millennials and Hispanics by speaking their language, which is why the Spartanburg, S.C.-based brand launched the Denny’s Latino page on Facebook last month, vice president of marketing John Dillon said.

The nearly 1,700-unit chain not only will interact with its Spanish-speaking guests through Denny’s Latino, but also will offer original and curated content meant to entertain and engage a Hispanic demographic that is increasingly active on social media.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Roberto Clemente Jr. to deliver keynote at Hispanic Business Council event

Former Major League Baseball player and sportscaster Roberto Clemente Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the Birmingham Business Alliance's Hispanic Business Council's annual luncheon on September 12.
The BBA will host the event at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex in the East Ballroom.

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