With the Philippines as a leading source of premium, natural, and ready-to-eat processed food and beverages, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is bringing 10 homegrown companies with an exciting range of new and nutritious food creations and exotic ingredients to the 26th Taipei International Food Show set at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center and Taipei World Trade Center on June 22-25, 2016.
Certified by international organizations and exported to many countries around the world, the variety of Philippine products to be showcased at Taiwan’s 5-in-1 expo responds to the demands of the Taiwanese and global market for foods that promote health and wellness, that are fresh and nourishing, and have unique and delightful flavors.
“Philippine SMEs at Food Taipei will present one-of-a-kind food and ingredients, organic and functional foods, and new tastes and textures to spice up meals and reinvigorate snacks. The local companies, up-to-date with global food innovation and trends, and inspired by our rich and diverse culinary tradition, have something special and exciting to offer trade buyers and visitors at the exhibition,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos.
The Philippine participation in FOOD TAIPEI 2016 is a project of CITEM, in partnership with the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) through the RIPPLES Plus Program, and Philippine Trade and Investment Center – Manila Economic and Cultural Office (PTIC-MECO).
Healthy food from real fruits and vegetables
The Castillejos Agri-Farms, Inc.’s jams, jellies, and marmalades have already proven their quality and international appeal when they were featured in dishes prepared by famed chefs including Asia’s Best Female Chef for 2016 Margarita Fores during the Grand Philippine Exhibition – Archipelago of Exchange in one of France’s top museums for indigenous arts and culture, the prestigious Musee du Quai Branly in 2013. The homemade preserves, along with other Filipino food, were served at a press luncheon which catered to around 100 guests including France’s top media practitioners and museum donors, and a cocktail reception that hosted around 500 guests, one of whom was then French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
Chocovron Global Corporation, known for its creative update of the traditional Philippine snack polvoron (toasted wheat cake), will excite buyers and health-conscious consumers with its two new sugar-free products that highlight the nutritional value and unique tastes of malunggay (moringa oleifera) and ampalaya or bitter melon (momordica charantia).
Malunggay is known for its anti-cancer properties and is highly recommended by doctors to nursing mothers and infants because it combats malnutrition with its high vitamin content (seven times more vitamin C than oranges, four times more calcium than milk, four times more vitamin A than carrots). Ampalaya, on the other hand, with its blood sugar lowering properties, is endorsed by the Philippine Department of Health as an alternative herbal medicine for diabetes.
Drawing from traditional Filipino cuisine, JBM Food Products creates all-natural, homemade beverages using handpicked, ripened fruits from the mountain ranges of Sierra Madre and Cordillera. These high quality, energy-boosting juices pack antioxidants, catechins, and the refreshing flavors of power fruits bignay (antidesma bunius), guyabano or soursop, and calamansi-malunggay.
Rich in potassium and fiber, Prime Fruits International, Inc.’s healthy and versatile banana chips are sourced from the lush banana plantations of Davao, Philippines. The banana chips, offered in various cuts and sizes, can be eaten on its own, or as a topping on different breakfasts and snacks, complementing the smooth and creamy texture of oatmeal or yogurt with its delicious crunch. It is also good combined with other dried fruits and nuts in a trail mix, or chopped and used as ingredient in energy bars.
Two companies – Pasciolco Agri-Ventures and Team Asia Corporation – are bringing a selection of coconut products with different uses, highlighting the nutritional value and versatility of this tropical plant.
Pasciolco Agri-Ventures from Quezon province, which is known for its vast coconut plantations, has perfected the process of making organic virgin coconut oil, jams, sweetener, syrup, vinegar, aminos, lambanog (coconut arrack) and aromatherapy oil.
Coconut milk powder and coconut sugar are two of Team Asia Corporation’s products. Coconut milk is lactose-free and a recommended cow’s milk substitute for those suffering from lactose intolerance. Coconut sugar, which is made of boiled and dehydrated sap of coconut palm, is quickly becoming a hot commodity among health food consumers as it offers more vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, as well as a lower glycemic impact compared to common white table sugar.
Sharing well-loved, nutritious Philippine baked goods to the world
Magic Melt Foods, Inc. prides itself in its creation of mango flour made from processed mango seeds. Naturally rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber and digestive enzymes, mango flour is the primary ingredient in many of Magic Melt’s new healthy snacks.
The company also makes traditional Philippine biscuits, breads, pastries, and delicacies such as biscocho, mamon tostado, otap, and rosquillos that are enjoyed not only locally but also abroad in countries such as Australia, Canada, China, U.A.E., Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, and U.S.A.
Muscovado sugar: reinventing drinks and desserts
Family-owned company Raw Brown Sugar Milling from Negros Oriental makes muscovado, an organic sugar produced by boiling fresh sugarcane juice. The simple process retains the vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, and zinc that is present in sugarcane juice.
A great alternative to brown sugar or conventional refined white sugar, muscovado sugar lets its users redefine the taste and texture of many sweet beverages, dishes, breads, and snacks with its rich molasses flavor.
Marshmallow treats with a twist
Riverdale Confectionery Industry, Inc. creates a whole array of marshmallows (over 30 kinds) in different shapes, colors, and sizes. A new addition to the company’s line of products are oval marshmallows with four kinds of filling – mango, strawberry, matcha, and chocolate.
There are many ways to use marshmallows other than just garnish for a mug of hot cocoa drink. Soft and chewy, marshmallows add a different texture to homemade ice cream, brownies and cakes, or placed between cookies to create s’mores. They can be melted and used as substitute to cupcake frosting or fondant icing, while roasted marshmallows are a good topping for milkshakes.
The leading Philippine food brands, accessible around the globe
Philippine Grocers Food Exports is one of the top consolidators of food products in the Philippines, exporting select brands of high quality items to North America, Europe, and the Middle East.
The company is carrying a number of well-known and trusted brands such as Lemon Square, Ligo Sardines, and Regent Snacks, that make nutritious, ready-to-eat food in convenient packaging.
In 2015, Food Taipei featured 1,088 exhibitors, with country pavilions showcasing products from China, Singapore, Japan, USA, Spain, the Netherlands, and Chile, among others, and occupying 35,000 sq. m. of exhibition space, making the four-day trade fair a dynamic and significant event for trade buyers, wholesalers, and retailers from top companies from around the world.
“Joining Food Taipei 2016 creates a great opportunity for Philippine SMEs to present their products and establish connections with thousands of buyers with decision-making authority not only from Taiwan but also from many countries visiting the exhibition,” added Gaetos.
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, is committed to developing, nurturing, and promoting globally-competitive small and medium enterprises (SMEs), exporters, designers, and manufacturers by implementing an integrated approach to export marketing in partnership with other government and private entities.
Rosario Virginia C. Gaetos
Golden Shell Pavilion
Roxas Boulevard corner Sen. Gil Puyat Ave.
Pasay City 1300
Metro Manila Philippines
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