Agribusiness forums lead seminars at this year’s IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA

  • The 13th edition of the IFEX Philippines opens this weekend with a slew of food-tasting and knowledge-sharing activities.
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Philippine dried mango facility

MANILA, Philippines – The biggest international food fair in the country opens its doors this May 24-26 to welcome local and foreign trade buyers and food enthusiasts at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM). Featuring the Premium 7 (coffee, cacao, coconut, mango, banana, pineapple, tuna) and Rising Stars (heirloom rice, calamansi, ube, pili nut, turmeric, malunggay, muscovado sugar, tamarind, dalandan) in the Philippine food export industry, IFEX Philippines is set to delight visitors with its various components and special settings designed to highlight and showcase Philippine food, ingredients and cuisine.

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA brings the latest in the Philippine food scene to the tradeshow floor.

Along with more than 600 exhibitors and three full days of various food-tasting activities, IFEX Philippines will also host a slew of food export seminars featuring tracks on agri-investment and foreign market entry requirements.

These free seminars will be conducted by industry experts and leading practitioners to share their insights on the latest trends, innovations and best practices in the food exporting and servicing sector.

Knowledge sharing sessions

Day one of the food fair will start things off with the Agribusiness Investment Forum by the Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS). This forum will include tracks on pig husbandry, goat production and natural farming. Together with these agri-investment forums, day one will also feature Market Entry Requirement Tracks for the UK and Chinese markets, as well as a talk on market value-adding concepts.

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Harvesting raw cacao beans


The second day of the show will feature another round of Agri-investment Forums covering aquaculture, agri-technologies, high-value crops and cacao production. In addition, IFEX will also be hosting an exciting forum focused on The Business of Cacao with panelists from the Philippine and European cacao industries. There will be another market entry requirement track that will discuss Australia’s Food Regulatory System and Export Requirements. To cap off the second day of seminars, there will be a track discussing how entrepreneurs can properly handle and manage their intellectual property rights.

Discover the latest market trends in the food exporting industry with these knowledge-sharing sessions on the first and second days of IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA on the 24th and 25th of May 2019 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

Visitors may also visit the featured special settings and participate in the different food-tasting activities scheduled throughout the entire event. These include Food Philippines, Asian Food Champions, Islands on a Plate, Flavors and Spices Garden, The Cold Room: Seafood at Sub-Zero, Philippine Cacao and Tropical Wines and Spirits.

This year’s edition of IFEX Philippines is co-organized with the DTI’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Council, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT).


IFEX Food Export Seminars

Get ahead with the latest market trends and tools of the trade in the food exporting industry at the IFEX Food Export Seminars where the latest trends, innovations and best practices in the food exporting and servicing sector will be discussed by industry experts and practitioners.

Seminar tracks like the Agri-Investment Forum by the Department of Agriculture-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS), Market Entry Requirement Tracks for the Australia, China and UK markets, and Market Compliance Tracks such as Kosher and Intellectual Property Rights will give ample learning opportunities to food SMEs that aim to succeed in the industry.

For more information on the schedule of seminars and activities, visit


PH eyes USD8M export sales from China, ASEAN states at CAEXPO

DTI-CITEM leads investment and tourism promotion in China’s 2nd biggest trade fair

PH eyes $8M export sales from China, ASEAN states at CAEXPO

The Philippines seeks to secure more trade and tourism investments from China and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nation) countries in the upcoming 14th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) on September 12-15 at the Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center (NICEC) in China.

In the 2016 CAEXPO, 31 Philippine MSMEs negotiated USD6.74 million export sales from 4,076 buyers. This year, DTI-CITEM targets to help the local MSMEs penetrate the Chinese and Southeast Asian markets, and secure at least USD8 million export sales.

Led by the Department of Trade and Industry-Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), partner agencies supporting the Philippine delegation includes the Provincial Government of Aurora, DTI – Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), DTI – Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotions (BDTP), Board of Investments (BOI), the Department of Agriculture – Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS), and the country’s Tourism Promotions Board (TPB).

 “The Philippine participation in CAEXPO will streamline efforts toward strengthening the country’s economic ties with China and the ASEAN nations,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon. “It will also give us the opportunity to present our country as a source for high-quality products and services, and show our goodwill with the Chinese government through trade, tourism, and investment promotions.”

The country’s contingent in China will highlight the Philippines’ trade potential through an exhibit of products and commodities from various sectors, including home, fashion and wearables, gifts, handicrafts, personal care, and food.

DTI-CITEM will also spotlights the business and cultural tourism of the province of Aurora as this year’s selected “City of Charm.”

CAEXPO is the second biggest trade event in China, with a total exhibition space of about 80,000 sqm. and 4,600 exhibition booths with around 57,000 participants. It is the only international trade fair in the region dedicated to promoting the building of China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) and celebrating regional economic and trade cooperation.

For this year, CAEXPO will focus on the partnership between the two parties in building the China-led Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road. Through the Silk Road, China eyes to boost its investments in ASEAN countries and provide infrastructure networks particularly for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to participate in the global value chain.

It also targets to strengthen cooperation towards the ASEAN-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a trade pact of the economic bloc with its six dialogue partners including China.

 “More than just export sales, our goal this year is to drumbeat the country’s strong trade potential since the Philippines is one of the fastest growing Asian economies. We also need to help our MSMEs penetrate the Chinese market, particularly now that there is an overwhelming demand for healthy foods, marine products, fresh fruits and intermediate goods in one of the world’s largest economies,” said Tugonon.

Based on the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), China ranked as the country’s fourth top export destination, with merchandise deliveries in 2016 ending nearly flat at USD6.19 billion from USD6.17 billion in 2016.

Last April 2017, World Bank forecasted the Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at 6.9 percent by the end of 2017 with promises of continued robust economic growth due to increase in public spending and infrastructure projects. Robust growth among the country’s main trading partners is expected to boost demand for Philippine exports, based on World Bank’s June 2017 Global Economic Prospects.

Taste by Design Food Trail: IFEX Philippines 2015 brings new flavors for the global palate

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The 10th International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines, the most talked about food show in the country, becomes bigger and more significant as it coincides with the Philippine hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

A special feature of this year’s event is TasteAPEC@IFEXPhilippines, the official parallel activity to the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) meeting. It brings a wide-range of food products and ingredients from 18 APEC economies.  The world’s best food companies from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, USA and Vietnam are eager to visit and establish new business alliances with the country’s food producers and exporters.

A new exciting addition to the line-up of activities in IFEX Philippines 2015 is the Taste by Design Food Trail, a unique activity where guests are invited to sample and relish the diverse tastes of local recipes and delicacies. The Regional Food Trail will feature chefs and culinary students from the Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) presenting the country’s iconic dishes such as adobo, pancit, and lumpia served in varied cooking styles by region. The Taste Test Trail involves emerging food concepts which will be launched to test their acceptability to the people’s palate.

IFEX Philippines 2015 will likewise involve several exciting and fun activities for food lovers @ The Kitchen. Guest chefs and baristas from the Philippines and some APEC economies will perform cooking/brewing demonstrations of their signature dishes and delicacies. An exciting new concept in IFEX this year is The Manila Gusto Gallery:  Food for the Soul: an innovative concept and setting for specialty food and home style products by German product consultant, Detlef Klatt.

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The Grocer’s Exchange Mart (G-Mart) is a business setting where top APEC grocers and the Philippines’ top food exporters meet and trade information, ideas and updates. Seminars by food industry experts from all over the world will also be held daily, free of charge, to provide the latest market information, food trends and agribusiness packages, among others.

With more than 13,000 trade buyers and visitors from all over the world, and over 600 local and international exhibitors in 2013, IFEX Philippines affirms its position as the most important international food and ingredients show in the country.

“IFEX Philippines’ success is a collective achievement fueled by innovation, creativity and hard work. This year, IFEX Philippines is expected to exceed the previous records and continuously create more windows of opportunity not only for the Philippine economy but for other participating countries as well,” said Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, CITEM Executive Director.

IFEX Philippines is a signature event organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture – Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS).

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Visit IFEX Philippines 2015, Asia’s Food Lifestyle and Innovation Show, on May 21-24 at the SMX Convention Center, Manila, Philippines.


Visit Taste by Design Food Trail for more information.