South Of The Border Perspective
My travels provided me a unique perspective on one of our trading partners, Mexico. I shared a morning program with Antonio Pedroza, CEO and President of Malta Cleyton, the largest producer of animal and pet food in Mexico. The following are some of the major highlights from his program and discussion from his very informative talk.
Don’t Drink the Beer!
Antonio shared a humorous story during his talk. He visited the U.S. as an exchange student and stayed with an American student’s family. The American student came to Mexico in the summer and was hosted by his own family. His guest would not drink the water or eat vegetables and would only drink Coke. The American student was asked, “Why?” Well, his parents and doctor told him while in Mexico, “Don’t drink the water.”
The table was turned the following winter in Rochester, NY, where Antonio was hosted by the American family. They went to a party after a basketball game while the parents were away. He was offered beer many times that evening and politely declined. When asked, “Why?” he stated that his parents and doctor said while in the U.S., don’t drink the beer.
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