PH top food exports take centerstage at IFEX Philippines 2019: NXTFOOD ASIA

  • Presenting “NXTFOOD ASIA,” IFEX Philippines gears up to highlight the country’s “Premium 7” export products and the “Rising Food Stars.”
  • RAPID Growth project will also be launched on the first day of IFEX Philippines. The program is aimed to scale up agri-based farmers and MSMEs of lucrative commodities including cacao, calamansi, coco coir and coffee.

 

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The Philippines’ ‘Premium 7’: banana, cacao, coffee, coconut, mango, pineapple and tuna.

A grand showcase of the innovations and culinary techniques behind the country’s top agricultural export products will be a major highlight of IFEX Philippines at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) on May 24-26, 2019.

Presenting “NXTFOOD ASIA,” IFEX Philippines is gearing up to showcase the innovative use and culinary applications of the country’s ‘Premium 7’ namely coffee, cacao, coconut, mango, pineapple, banana and tuna.

IFEX Philippines is the country’s biggest and most respected business-to-business (B2B) event for Asian food and ingredients organized by the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM).

“Through this showcase of what’s next in Asian food, we want the global buyers to experience the Filipino food innovations that are being done with these commodities and see how they can use these products in the dishes in their respective countries,” she added.

The three-day event will also spotlight the roster of Philippines’ ‘Rising Food Stars,’ which include heirloom rice, calamansi, ube, pili nut, turmeric, moringa or malunggay, muscovado sugar, tamarind, dalandan and a selection of Philippine wines and spirits.

The country’s sauces and condiments will also be featured in the event. These include coco aminos, sarsa, fish sauce or patis, chili sauces, crab fat or aligue, shrimp paste or bagoong, sukang maasim, sukang tuba, sukang pinakurat, sukang iloko and balsamic vinegar, among others.

“To further highlight the Premium 7 and the Rising Food Stars, IFEX Philippines is gearing up for a delectable and sumptuous culinary showcase of the promising export products in the country as it sets the stage for the future of food in Asia,” said Suaco-Juan.

DTI to launch Php 3.7B project to elevate PH export commodities, agrientrepreneurs

To help strengthen the country’s major export commodities, IFEX Philippines will launch on its first day the Rural Agro-Enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth) project, which is led by the DTI-Resource Generation and Management Service (RGMS) and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

An upscaling of the successful Rural Microenterprise Promotion Programme (RuMEPP), RAPID Growth is a Php 3.7-billion project that aims to propel agriculture-based processing enterprises and entrepreneurial communities to become innovative, productive and competitive so that they will be capacitated in meeting the challenges of the global market.

According to DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, RAPID Growth will primarily target four agricultural value chains, namely cocoa, coffee, processed fruits and nuts, and coconut.

“These four commodities have lucrative markets, social features and have the potential to provide sustained economic benefits to small farmers and enterprises,” Lopez said.

The project is set to target small farmers and micro-entrepreneurs engaged within the selected commodity chains, further targeting unemployed and underemployed rural women and men. Special focus will be on women, youth and indigenous people. It is set to be initially implemented in six regions, which are regions eight to 13 with 20 target provinces.

“In order to serve as models, four pilot provinces were chosen for each of the priority sectors from among the 20. These provinces are Leyte for its coco coir, Bukidnon for coffee, Davao del Norte for cacao and Agusan del Sur for calamansi,” Lopez explained.

The RAPID Growth Project was proposed to directly address policy commitments of the Philippine Government aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are of high relevance in eliminating poverty and reducing inequality.

Anchored in the government’s ‘Pagbabago’ pillar, this project seeks to address the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 target outcomes, which are (1) expanding economic opportunities and (2) increasing access to economic opportunities, including smallholder farmers and fisher folks. Likewise, through this project, the DTI is set to prioritize the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as a key pillar of its economic program.

“Various products that are harvested or manufactured by local MSMEs have a huge potential in the export market. The launch of this project in IFEX Philippines shall help shed a light on these products as it elevates the emerging local entrepreneurs and farmer groups,” Lopez added.

To know more about the Philippines’ food export products, visit www.ifexphilippines.com/ and sign up for the event. Follow IFEX Philippines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get more updates on the event.

Philippine furniture exporters to make waves in the MENA region

On September 28-30, the Philippines’ leading home design companies will represent the country in The Hotel Show Dubai happening at the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai, UAE. The Philippine contingent will exhibit a diverse range of certified, export-quality contract furniture pieces and home accents in a 98-square-meter pavilion. They include Ann Pamintuan, Finali Furniture & Home Accessories Co., Johansen World Group Corp., Lightworks Resources, Inc., Maze Manufacturing Co., Inc., More Than A Chair, Shell Arts Co., Inc., and South Sea Veneer.

Now celebrating its 15th year, the Hotel Show Dubai is considered as the ultimate business-to-business event for the hospitality industry that features products from the hotel investment and development sector through design, architecture, refurbishing, operation, and management. The Philippine participation in the largest dedicated hotel and hospitality exhibition in the region of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is spearheaded by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“The Philippines’ participation in The Hotel Show Dubai will strongly sustain our effort to usher in multiple trade opportunities for the country’s furniture industry. It is an ideal meeting place to strengthen the international reputation of the Philippines as a source of contract furniture and furnishings since the event attracts serious industry buyers from the hospitality and development market of the MENA region,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

The Hotel Show Dubai is where key buyers in the areas of hotel real estate development, design, architecture, and engineering are expected to gather.

“The MENA region is a growing affluent market with hundreds of hotels being constructed and refurbished continuously, making the region a dynamic venue to promote Philippine contract products,” said Lightworks Resources Chief Executive Director Rashmi Singh.

Eight furniture and furnishings companies from the Philippines will bring in new product innovations in the event and will put these products in the hands of the region’s leading buyers and hotel and hospitality professionals who make up 49% of the event’s population.

“The last time our company participated in The Hotel Show Dubai was in 2006 and it was a good one. As we return, we expect that it will become better since we are banking on the hotel construction boom in the MENA region,” said Shell Arts’ Vice President Dennis Chan when asked about their expectations on their comeback to the event.

The Hotel Show Dubai serves a healthy growing marketplace that is about to get significantly bigger with major projects and developments for EXPO 2020 in Dubai and The World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

There will be a massive expansion of hotel rooms in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Africa, with 20 hotels expected to start operating in the region this year. Dubai alone has become one of the world’s largest locations of five-star hotels. With these numerous expansions happening at the MENA hospitality industry, networking opportunities with top hotel chain developers continue to arise for the Philippine exporters who continuously make waves globally with its fine design and craftsmanship.

Food Philippines continues worldwide promotion of natural, healthy products at Food Taipei 2014

With an impressive track record in the first quarter of this year, Food Philippines is set to break new ground in its upcoming participation in the 24th Taipei International Food Show (TIFS), or Food Taipei. This international food trade fair will be held at the Taipei World Trade Center, Taiwan on June 25-28, 2014.

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Food Philippines is the industry brand for the food sector which positions the country as Asia’s most exciting sourcing destination for food exports, being one of the world’s top exporters of fresh fruits and marine products.The country’s participation in TIFS is spearheaded 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 Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) – Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Office in Taipei, Taiwan.

 

Taiwan is a major trading partner of the Philippines and is one of the richest economies in Asia. We would like to increase the market share of Philippine food exports to Taiwan, by activelypromoting Food Philippines at Food Taipei,particularly healthy and natural food products,” said Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.

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The Taiwanese consumer expenditure on food is valued at US$40.4M and about one third of household expenditure is spent in eating out. The Taiwanese are reported to have more purchasing power compared with the Japanese and British, and their buyers would prefer quality products even with higher prices rather than lower-priced products. Taiwan is therefore an attractive destination for the Philippines’ raw materials, semi-processed ingredients, and ready-to-eat food products. For this trade fair, the country eyes US$10 million in export sales from its participation.

 

The Philippine delegation to Food Taipei is composed of 10 local companies: Alter Trade Corporation; Andy Albao Enterprise; DLA Naturals; Fruits of Life, Inc.; M. Lhuillier Food Products, Inc.; Miesto International Foods Corporation; See’s International Food Manufacturing, Corp.; Team Asia Corporation; Tiongson Marketing and Export Services; and Tropicana Food Products, Inc. These companies will feature top-of-the-line natural and healthy products such as fresh coconut water in different packages; organic virgin coconut oil; tropical dried fruits and other healthy snacks; tropical beverages; muscovado sugar in various forms, food supplement like Spirulina, and natural herbal teas.

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The Philippine participation in TIFS in 2012generated a total sales of US$15.12 million, US$5.12 million more than the sales target of US$10 million.The top sellers were: Mt. KitangladAgri-development Corporation’s fresh and processed Gollden Yellow MD2 pineapples, Prime Fruits International’s banana chips, Atson’s Coco’s coconut products, and Raw Brown Sugar Milling Corporation’s muscovado sugar.

 

Aside from generating sales, TIFS is a good venue for Philippine companies to be exposed to new technology and innovations. TIFS is co-organized with national shows in Taiwan, such as Food Taipei, Taipei Pack, Taipei Horeca, and Foodtech and Pharmatech Taipei.

 

Taipei International Food Show(TIFS)is one of Asia’s most important trade fairs for the food industry. Last year, the show gathered 1,557 exhibitors of ready-to-eat food items and distinctively Taiwanese produce, raw materials, processed and semi-processed food products. It was attended by 6,588 international trade visitors and 58,535 domestic trade visitors. This event is organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), and is jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations. TAITRA aims to assist Taiwanese businesses and manufacturers to reinforce their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets.

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Fashion Philippines Charms International Buyers at Fashion Access Hong Kong

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) participated in the recent Fashion Access trade fair held at the Hong Kong Convention Center on March 31-April 2, 2014 under the Fashion Philippines brand. In the said trade fair, the country’s official fashion brand has received inquiries from famous international brands such as Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani Exchange, Lee and Fung, among others, and earned a total of US$909,023.00 in negotiated sales.

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Fashion Philippines Pavilion featured 16 local companies who brought innovative fashion collection at the Fashion Access in Hongkong.

CITEM is the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that took the initiative to promote Fashion Philippines as the country’s fashion brand. Fashion Philippines focuses on the unique design sensibility of Filipino craftsmen and the range of indigenous materials of the country. This brand offers top-quality, tropical-themed apparel, jewelry, bags and fashion accessories that help boost the local fashion industry to become the sourcing destination of unique fashion pieces.

“The fashion accessories sector which includes bags, shoes and jewelry has been identified as a high potential export sector by the government. Our participation in an overseas trade fair like the Fashion Access is part of our efforts to help attain the 2014 forecasted 12% growth rate in the fashion accessories sector, or a total of US$ 893 million.” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos.

Megabijoux, Inc. wins the APLF Best Product in Fashion Access 2014
Megabijoux, Inc.’s fashion pieces won the APLF Best Product in the Fashion Access held in Hongkong.

Fashion Philippines at Fashion Access featured high-quality fashion products made of indigenous materials like raffia, ikat weaves, as well as natural materials like shells and animal horns. The Philippine exhibitors met with 139 buyers and garnered a total of US$806,551.00 in sales under negotiation, as well as US$102,472.00 in booked orders, for a total negotiated sales of US$909,023.

Sixteen (16) local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) specializing in fashion accessories represented Fashion Philippines in the said prestigious fashion fair event in Hongkong. Said companies were: Ann Ong, Aranáz (Minaro, Inc.), Armyth’s International Fashion Design, Avatar Accessories, Inc., Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Chelsi Leather and Services, Crystal Seas Handwoven and Handcrafted Products, Cyprea International, Inc., Earth Works Fashion, Ferimar Import-Export, Inc., Heldred Export International; Kilus Foundation Multi-Purpose; Kitsilver Jewelry; Megabijoux Incorporated; Mika & Gela; and Silnag Native Handicrafts.

Bon-Ace Fashion Tools nominated for the APLF Best Product in Fashion Access 2014
This white leather shoe piece with gold crystals is Bon-Ace Fashion Tool’s nominee for the APLF Best Product category.

Megabijoux, Inc., a jewelry and accessories company based in Mandaue City, Cebu, won the APLF Best Product award. This was sponsored by the fashion fair’s organizer, the Asia Pacific Leather Fair Limited (APLF). The company’s winning pieces are minaudieres, clutches and bags made of metal, in bold designs and contrasting colors.

Two other Philippine companies were cited by the organizers for their attractive fashion pieces. They were Kitsilver Jewellery and Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, which were featured in the Luxury special setting of the show. In addition, six other local companies were featured in the Trend Space setting of the said fashion fair. They were: Avatar Accessories, Inc., Cystal Seas Handwoven and Handcrafted Products, Chelsi Leather and Services, Ferimar Import-Export, Inc., Megabijoux, Inc., and Silnag Native Handicrafts. The Fashion Philippines pavilion, in addition, was complimented by a lot of buyers in the fair as the best in design.

Kitsilver’s golden minaudieres made of brass were also APLF Best Product nominee.
Kitsilver’s golden minaudieres made of brass were also APLF Best Product nominee.

Fashion Access is an international sourcing hub which showcases ‘fashion from head to toe,’ from high-quality bags, footwear and small leathergoods to fashion accessories, travelware and leather garments. It is a bi-annual trade show in Hong Kong, organized by the APLF. The March fair showcases collections for the upcoming autumn-winter season, while the September fair showcases the spring-summer collection.

Fashion Philippines Goes to Fashion Access Hong Kong 2014

Fashion Philippines, a government-initiated branding initiative, will once again participate in the forthcoming Fashion Access in Hong Kong 2014. The Philippines’ participation is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO). Under the Fashion Philippines brand, the participation will be spearheaded by selected 20 local designers and manufacturers.

Shells inlayed in geometric patterns – bangles and a minaudière from Bon-Ace

As part of CITEM’s continuous bid in helping revive and fortify the Philippine fashion industry, Fashion Philippines at Fashion Access will focus on the unique design sensibility of the Filipino craftsmen and the range of indigenous materials that the country offers. The country’s tropical location and rich, cultural heritage have blessed it with indigenous materials that range from local textiles such as raffia, banig, and ikat weaves, to natural materials such as shells and animal horns. Under the skillful hands of the Filipino craftsmen, these materials are transformed into high-quality fashion products that highlight their treatment to form, function, and design.

“The Filipino designers and craftsmen continuously challenge the limits of both material and technique. It is not enough to project what the Philippine design is about – they also want to present what Philippine design will be, and could be about. Rich, vibrant, and contemporary fashion accessories and wearables are the signature of Fashion Philippines,” said Rosvi C. Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.

The local fashion industry is certainly on the rise as it remains to be one of the Philippines’ key export sectors. Keen attention to design details and craftsmanship are its selling points that resonate well with the demands from the international market. With these strengths’, there is definitely room for the Philippine fashion industry to become part of the $1.1 trillion global fashion market. With its offerings of top-quality, tropical themed apparel, jewelry, bags and fashion accessories, Fashion Philippines will help establish the country as a number one destination for fashion pieces.

Chelsi Leather uses 100% handcrafted leather from the Philippines in all their bags and accessories.

Fashion Access Hong Kong will run from March 31 to April 2 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Fashion Access stands out as the only sourcing hub which showcases ‘fashion from head to toe,’ offering international buyers and suppliers a unique venue to discover new products. This bi-annual trade show is organized by APLF, a private international events organizer.

For more information about Fashion Philippines at Fashion Access 2014, interested parties can send an e-mail to GTIDO@citem.gov.ph.

 

Portraits of Global Design: A Special Setting at DeXign Global Philippines

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October sees the launch of the newest platform for creative exchange, mixing design and business together under one locale: DeXign Global Philippines. It is here where local meets global and global meets local in the business of design. DeXign Global is where local and international buyers and exhibitors converge, making it a fertile marketplace thriving with opportunities and new partnerships. It is where markets come together to create a singular venue for sourcing the finest products in home and fashion from across Asia.

Among the exciting features of DeXign Global is a special setting that showcases international design personages whose work embody what it is to be current, storied, and exemplary:

ALVIN TJITROWIRJO | www.alvin-t.com

Indonesia’s Alvin Tjitrowirjo creates with his rich and diverse heritage in mind, reinterpreting culture and tradition into pieces that are modern takes in design. Tjitrowirjo employs the skills of his homeland’s artisans and integrating tradition into his designs crafted for the world’s consumers. Tjitrowirjo is the founder and creative director behind alvinT, a brand dedicated to bringing modern Asian design aesthetics to the elevated global stage. The brand embodies the seamless merging the essence of Indonesian heritage with the contemporary and avant-garde.

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ANON PAIROT | www.anonpairot.com

One of Thailand’s most celebrated designers, Anon Pairot’s work encapsulates contemporary Thai design that is influenced by local craft instincts. His work is imbued with a poetic and passionate sense of culture that is artful, functional, and modern. Pairot also heads his own design consultancy and creative strategic planning agency and is expanding his range into sustainable and eco design.

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ARIK LEVY | www.ariklevy.fr

Arik Levy is a Paris-based artist and technician with multidisciplinary skills that includes photography, design, and film making. He has created products and pieces for exhibitions in Japan and set designs for contemporary dance and opera in Europe. He has designed furniture and light fixtures as well as hi-tech clothing lines and accessories.

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BILL KEITH | www.billkeith.com.my

A Malaysian fashion icon and maven of elegance and exquisite taste, Bill Keith is renowned for his vibrantly hued designs that express his philosophy, individuality, and appreciation for feminine beauty.

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DAVID THAM | www.studionorm.com

David Tham is a Singaporean design and creative luminary. As a co-founder of the design consultancy StudioNorm, Tham’s works are guided by the corporate philosophy to create designs inspired from the essentials of daily living. StudioNorm is a design house for authentic, refined, and unique design. The studio thrives on a sincere approach to provide aesthetical and functional pleasing for their customers. StudioNorm believes creativity within normality and seeking continuous improvement of quality in concepts, applications and services.

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KANCHANA SISANE

From Laos, Kanchana Sisane leads her family business of Kanchana: The Beauty of Lao Silk, a studio dedicated to silk-weaving and crafting traditional textiles. The studio is one of the foremost purveyors of the ancient art form and a symbol of the silk heritage of the country. In keeping the silk-weaving tradition alive, the company produces versatile couture-quality textiles and high-end silks for the global market.

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HAZREE WAHID

Malaysia’s Hazree Wahid is known for designs that are decadent and opulent with the trademark colors of turquoise and pastels. Wahid’s couture stresses a luxurious and elegant style with great attention to detail and versatility. His designs are a mix between traditional and western trends, capturing feminine beauty in a playful blending of colors, silhouettes, and styles

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MASATAKA HOSOO and TORU TSUJI | www.japan-handmade.com

Masataka Hosoo of HOSOO and Toru Tsuji of KANAAMI-TSUJI are two from the collective that forms Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade.

Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade is a collaborative of companies from Kyoto that applies Japanese traditional craft forms in creating novel and innovative designs for the international market. Teaming up with Danish design studio, OeO, the group seeks to revitalize Japan’s unique heritage of craftsmanship in ceramics, metal-knitting, teaware, and wood and bamboo crafting. With their compelling universe of storytelling that is rooted in 1,000 years of tradition, Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade, delivers inspired and contemporary designs to its global audience.

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See these portraits of global design at DeXign Global Philippines on 17 – 20 October 2013, a partner event of Manila FAME at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

For more on DeXign Global Philippines, visit www.dexignglobal.com

HomePhilippines at the Hong Kong Houseware Fair 2013

In a showcase of distinctly Filipino design and craftsmanship, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) brought HomePhilippines to HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair last 20 – 23 April 2013. The participation featured 18 Philippine companies, each displaying their very own design aesthetics imbued with uniqueness inherent to Philippine crafts.

Among the companies featured in the participation were Anastacio Ceramics, Apollo Trading and Mfg. Corp., Arden Classics Inc., Art-N-Nature Mfg. Corporation, Asia Ceramics Corporation, Balex Boxes, Finali Furniture & Home Accessories Co., Gillete International Export Corp. Inc., Legacy Renove Inc., Manila Welcome Industrial Corp., Native Crafts & Arts Ind. Inc., Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc., Obra Nicolas Handicraft, Panay Accessories Corp., Redfern Arts and Crafts, Rodima Marketing Corp., Siloworks Inc., and Sunwood Export.

Buyers and showgoers found affinity with products crafted from natural materials. Products like Native Crafts’ food covers, Sunwood Export’s wooden tablewares, and Siloworks’ hampers were among the products caught interest during the participation and top companies in terms of sales were Sunwood Export, Rodima Marketing Corp., and Arden Classic.

(Clockwise) Sunwood Export’s wooden tablewares, Siloworks’ hampers, and Native Crafts’ food covers.

Among other things, the participation to Hong Kong Houseware Fair did well in sustaining connections with buyers beyond Manila FAME as regular visitors of the Design and Lifestyle Event visited the HomePhilippines booth.

Don’t forget to save the dates for Manila FAME, 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Metro Manila, Philippines. See more Philippine-made, hand-crafted products at Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event.

All eyes on Negros Occidental – IFEX PH 2013’s Partner Province

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The province of Negros Occidental, in the Visayas region of the Philippines, is known for its scenic spots, parks, exotic resorts, mountains, caves, and other natural wonders. Aside from being the primary sugar producer in the country, it is also famous for its pastries and sweets. And in the upcoming edition of IFEX Philippines in May, Negros Occidental will play a prominent role as a Partner Region, featuring its products and manufacturers.

IFEX Philippines conducted an awareness campaign, through its Partner Region Program, to encourage the participation of organic food producers and processors in Negros Occidental. The program also serves as a means for small and medium scale food entrepreneurs to undergo product and market development assistance in order to improve their products’ competitiveness in both local and international markets.

Since 1991, IFEX Philippines has served as a sourcing hub for international food retailers including Wal-Mart (US), FBC Worldwide (US), Mon Chong Loong (US), Hirasho Shoten Health Co. (Japan), Heuschen Schrouff (Germany), Manning Impex (UK), Wilby Commercial (Canada), Choithram (Middle East), EMKE Group/Lulu Hypermarkets (Middle East), the Americana Group of Companies (Middle East), the AL MAYA Group of Companies (Middle East), Shankar (Middle East), and NTUC Fairprice (Singapore).

IFEX Philippines 2013 is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export marketing arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and co-organized by the Department of Agriculture-Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS).

Asia’s ethnic food and ingredients show is brewing up new and exciting show features for the genuine foodie! Source for delightful and exotic food finds at IFEX Philippines 2013 on 16-19 May 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.

IFEX Philippines: The country’s biggest food trade event will be highlighting international flavors

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The Philippine archipelago, located at the heart of Southeast Asia, is blessed with a friendly climate that ensures bountiful harvest. Green goods and marine products are at the center of the Filipino diet and many a dish is prepared simply by broiling or stewing, to be eaten with a condiment that adds relish to the clean flavor. Philippine cuisine is varied, reflecting Malay, Indian, Chinese, and Spanish influences, as well as the diversity of locally grown ingredients in, and the cooking techniques of, each region.

These food products will be showcased in the upcoming edition of IFEX Philippines, the country’s biggest food trade show, alongside products from neighboring countries as well as from the rest of the world. To this end, IFEX Philippines will have pavilions featuring the products of China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States, and Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

Since its inception in 2004, IFEX Philippines has championed the local and Asian food and beverage industry, bringing together a variety of international tastes and flavors through a platform for exporters to showcase their products and establish and strengthen links with buyers, importers, and retailers.

Led by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export marketing arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture-Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS), the 9th edition of IDEX Philippines will be featuring new and exciting products and show highlights.

IFEX Philippines will highlight four major products showcases:

  • Power Fruits Asia for major tropical fruit exports
  • Seafood Asia for fresh marine produce
  • Halal Food Asia for Halal-certified delicacies
  • Green Asia for natural and organic food

These product showcases are housed in pavilions:

  • International Hall for foreign exhibitors
  • Best of Food Philippines Hall for the country’s top food brands and exporters
    • Mindanao Hall for main exports like mango, banana, pineapple, papaya, tuna, sardines, shrimp and prawn, carrageenan and desiccated coconut
    • Agri-Aqua Hall for marine and agricultural goods from the different regions in the Philippines
    • Natural Food and Health Products Hall for the country’s organic products such as rice, virgin coconut oil (VCO), upland vegetables, papaya, banana, traditional wines, herbal supplements, muscovado sugar, coffee, and asparagus
    • Retail Hall a venue for on-site selling that will feature local and foreign, big and small companies who want to cater to the Philippine consumer market

IFEX Philippines is bringing to the table the wonderful flavors of Asia on 16-19 May 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia complex, Metro Manila, Philippines.

100% Craftsmanship Returns to Asia’s Biggest Houseware Trade Event

The Philippines has made an impression on the world: the country’s products embody high-quality design and multi-faceted craftsmanship. If the desire is for products that are contemporary yet carry a sense of heritage, the Philippines is the destination for such things. Philippine-made products are a brilliant mix of the ingenuity of modern designs, age-old craftsmanship, and the versatility of its abundant natural resources.

In a move to sustain the international market’s positive review, the Philippines brings its products to HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair on 20 – 23 April 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, representing the furniture, homeware, fashion, and holiday gifts and decor sectors under the unifying banner of Home Philippines, the country’s distinct brand for the best houseware products.

As Hong Kong is thriving hub for business, bringing Home Philippines to one of the biggest trade event for houseware in Asia is perfect for showcasing Philippine products and increasing exports to the global market, bolstering the Philippines positioning as the source of quality hand-made export products that represent the Philippines brand of design and craftsmanship. The participation is spearheaded by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions partnering with the Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC) through the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) – Guangzhou and the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong.

This year, 18 of the top manufacturers in the country were chosen to embody Home Philippines: Anastacio Ceramics, Apollo Trading and Mfg. Corp., Arden Classics Inc., Art-N-Nature Mfg. Corporation, Asia Ceramics Corporation, Balex Boxes, Finali Furniture & Home Accessories Co., Gillete International Export Corp. Inc., Legacy Renove Inc., Manila Welcome Industrial Corp., Native Crafts & Arts Ind. Inc., Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc., Obra Nicolas Handicraft, Panay Accessories Corp., Redfern Arts and Crafts, Rodima Marketing Corp., Siloworks Inc., and Sunwood Export.

100% craftsmanship from Home Philippines will be at the Hong Kong Houseware Fair. Expect the most intricate designs brought to form through the indigenous materials from Home Philippines.

For more information on Home Philippines at the Hong Kong Houseware Fair, visit www.manilafame.com/hkhousewarefair2013