Agribusiness experts share latest food trends and innovations in PH’s biggest food show

CITEM, MAP-ABCDF prep free food R&D seminar at IFEX Philippines


IFEX food seminars
All IFEX Philippines participants are welcome to join the exciting line up of food research and development seminars in the upcoming 11th edition of IFEX Philippines.

The export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Management Association of the Philippines-AgriBusiness and Countryside Development Foundation (MAP-ABCDF) will conduct a free seminar series on the latest food trends and innovations with leading agribusiness experts at IFEX Philippines—the country’s biggest food trade show.

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI- CITEM) ties up with MAP-ABCDF to invite leading researchers and educators to conduct food-related discussions on May 19 and 20 at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC).

MAP ABCDF is a leading non-government organization (NGO) in agribusiness and countryside development that provides access to innovation, entrepreneurship, management services and leading edge technologies through its network of movers and shakers in the Philippine agricultural sector.

“For its 11th edition, CITEM has prepared a good lineup of seminars that can help international and local stakeholders make informed decisions in conducting export deals and making investments on the lucrative food sector in the Philippines,” said newly appointed CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon.

The two-day talk titled ‘AgriBusiness Research and Development Forum’ will tackle Philippine food innovations, modern farming applications, and agricultural developments in the country’s leading research institutions, such as the University of the Philippines Los Baños and Sugar Palm Research Information and Trade (SPRINT) Center at the Cavite State University.

On May 19, Dr. Shirley Agrupis from Mariano Marcos State University will share the research and development efforts on the Ilocos Norte Black Garlic using the technology adopted from Japan and South Korea. UPLB Researcher Claudette Oraye will talk about the business potentials and production of the indigenous vegetables in the Philippines.

For May 20, Dr. Ofrero Caparino, Chief of the Department of Agriculture’s bioprocess engineering, will discuss the opportunities in a village-level coconut water processing system. Petteri Makitalo, general manager of The Freefood Co., will likewise discuss the development of Cacao and Coconut Sugar into premium export products.

Meanwhile, SPRINT Founding Director will share how food entrepreneurs can introduce kaong or sugar palm in the mainstream export market; while UPLB College of Agriculture Dean Domingo Angeles the healthy wonders of the miracle fruit.

 “Aside from helping buyers, these discussions are beneficial to local Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) so they can track the significant advances in the agribusiness and countryside development and see how they can benefit if they implement or adapt to this progress,” said Melito Salazar Jr., president of the MAP-ABCDF.


IFEX Philippines is slated on May 19-21 2017 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) and at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City. Interested Philippine and international exporters and manufacturers are encouraged to participate in another exciting edition of the biggest food, ingredients, and beverage trade fair in Asia-Pacific.

Interested parties may visit or contact Ms. Rowena Mendoza at telephone number 831-2336/831-2201 local 257 or e-mail


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