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Willy Gallia Fuhrmann Wool Acacemy Podcast 45

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Willy Gallia of Fuhrmann in Argentina gives insights about why and how the company committed to growing and processing organic wool in the wilderness of Patagonia. Besides feeling that it was the right thing to do, it took a long breath before this strategic step was also reflected in the bottom line for the wool growers as well as Fuhrmann.
Willy Gallia explains that brands and retailers, as well as the end consumer, now show a growing interest in sustainability, animal welfare, desertification and origin of fibre, all of which organic wool can give answers to easily. Willy talks further about life in Patagonia where experiencing nature and living in communion with nature are part of everyday life, something that the urban consumers wish to connect to. Social media now gives the possibility to do just that.

About Willy Gallia and Fuhrmann

Willy Gallia is the commercial representative at Fuhrmann S.A. based in Trelew in the South of Argentina in Patagonia. Willy is responsible for the Northern European, Central and South American and Asian markets.
Fuhrmann, a family owned and run business is part of the family run G. Schneider Group.  Fuhrmann is specialised in buying and growing its own organic wool on a growing number of 13 farms with close to 300.000 sheep. All is washed and combed in the Trelew based mill in accordance with the GOTS organic standard.

Connect with Willy Gallia and Fuhrmann here

G.Schneider website

Instagram account of Will Gallia

Facebook account of Fuhrmann

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[spp-timestamp time=”00:57″] About Willy Gallia
[spp-timestamp time=”02:01″] About Fuhrmann
[spp-timestamp time=”05:46″]  The history of Fuhrmann
[spp-timestamp time=”07:35″] Why did Fuhrmann commit to growing and processing organic wool
[spp-timestamp time=”09:24″] What makes organic wool organic? What is special about organic wool
[spp-timestamp time=”14:37″] Was it difficult to convince wool growers to switch to organic farming
[spp-timestamp time=”17:36″] What is special about Patagonia
[spp-timestamp time=”19:14″] Why Fuhrmann is open to input from consumers, brands and retailers
[spp-timestamp time=”20:38″] Collaborations with brands and retailers
[spp-timestamp time=”22:17″] How is Fuhrmann using Social Media
[spp-timestamp time=”24:34″] What the Patagonia lifestyle has to offer
[spp-timestamp time=”27:06″] Does the consumer see a difference between organic wool and conventional wool
[spp-timestamp time=”28:21″] How to connect with Fuhrmann
Pedro Otegui Lanas Trinidad at the Wool Academy Podcast

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Pedro Otegui from wool combing mill Lanas Trinidad in Uruguay gives an overview of the Uruguayan wool market in general and introduces his family company Lanas Trinidad. Pedro explains how Lanas Trinidad manages to be self-sufficient in terms of the mill’s water and energy consumption always keeping the environment in mind. Lanas Trinidad also complies to many accreditation and licenses and Pedro explains the benefit of the same. Furthermore, Pedro discusses the issues the industry faces as more and more farmers disengage from wool production. In this episode, you will also learn from Pedro what is so special about Uruguayan wool and how farmers are committed to high animal welfare standards.

About Pedro Otegui

Pedro Otegui is the Director at the wool combing company Lanas Trinidad in Uruguay. Lanas Trinidad is the main producer and exporter of combed wool tops in Uruguay. Pedro is the 3rd generation of the Otegui family working in the company which was founded in 1916.

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Lanas Trinidad Website

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[spp-timestamp time=”00:51″] About Pedro Otegui and Lanas Trinidad
[spp-timestamp time=”01:50″] The process of wool combing at Lanas Trinidad
[spp-timestamp time=”06:46″] Buying wool in Uruguay
[spp-timestamp time=”08:41″] Why wool farmers left the industry
[spp-timestamp time=”10:43″] Actions taken to keep farmers in wool
[spp-timestamp time=”13:00″] What makes Uruguayan wool so special
[spp-timestamp time=”13:44″] Typical customers of Lanas Trinidad
[spp-timestamp time=”14:59″] About accreditations and licenses
[spp-timestamp time=”17:12″] How to connect with Lanas Trinidad