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.

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FoodPhilippines exhibits healthy, premium exports by PH SMEs at ASEAN Fair, Nov. 2-5, 2016

Philippine SMEs can expect new, valuable trade opportunities once again as Food Philippines, the country brand initiated by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), introduce healthy and premium products at the ASEAN Fair in COEX Convention Center, Seoul, South Korea, on November 2-5, 2016.

10 exhibitors from all over the country – Fruits of Life, Inc., Herbanext Inc., Hi-Las Marketing Corp., Lucille’s Food Products Corp., Mama Sita’s (Marigold Manufacturing Corp.), Mardak Global Export, Inc., SL Agritech Corp., Soyuz Foods International, Inc., Weambard International Traders, Inc., and Agrinurture, Inc. – showcase fresh and processed food; food products derived from coconut, mango, pineapple, and banana; seafood; coffee, spices, sauces, along with ethnic and gourmet foods at the ASEAN Fair.

The only trade event in Korea that spotlights on unique and distinct ASEAN food exports, the ASEAN Fair is held in conjunction with Food Week Korea, the largest food exhibition in Korea. The two events anticipate an influx of over 80,000 trade buyers and visitors flying from all across the globe to meet with more than 900 exhibiting companies.

The Philippine participation in the ASEAN Fair is spearheaded by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), with the assistance of the ASEAN Korea Center and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Korea.

“This participation hopes to support Philippine companies in gaining a foothold in the robust Korean market. With the diverse, quality, and healthy food from the country’s small and medium industries, we can expect more positive results compared to last year’s exhibition,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos.

As of 2015’s total trade receipts, South Korea was ranked as the seventh largest trading partner of the Philippines. Aside from reciprocating South Korea’s trade and investment efforts in the country, the Philippine participation in the ASEAN Fair is also a chance for the country to contribute to the diversification of diet that the Korean food industry is undertaking at present.

Four of the country’s major produce and forerunner in food export – coconut, banana, pineapple, and mango – are also highlighted in the ASEAN Fair, encouraging wellness and healthy lifestyle among consumers with their nutritional benefits. Known around the world, the Philippines’ coconut, banana, and mango possess a distinct aroma, taste, and texture attributed to the auspicious combination of the country’s tropical climate and rich soil.

The ASEAN Fair is an exclusive platform for the promotion of ASEAN food. Considered as one of the key channels enhancing ASEAN-Korea trade relations, the fair aims to widen trade interdependency and regional cooperation and interaction through food exports.



Food Philippines is a branding initiative that ensures food products made of quality, healthy, natural ingredients are derived from the Philippines’ tropical islands. It unifies the overseas promotional efforts of CITEM. Under this national brand, the Philippines is positioned as Asia’s most exciting sourcing destination for food exports, being one of the world’s top exporters of fresh fruits and marine products.


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IFEX Philippines: an official event of APEC Summit 2015

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The International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines is one of the trade events which the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has selected to be a parallel activity to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2015. The largest ethnic foods and ingredients show in Asia is slated at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on May 21-24, 2015.

APEC is an economic association among Asia-Pacific regions that seek to promote and facilitate economic trade and cooperation. It centers towards advancing economic integration among its member economies and fosters business environment for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow and develop into export-ready firms. This year, the Philippines is set to chair and host the summit.

For the 2015 edition of IFEX Philippines, APEC will be featured in two major components: Taste APEC @ IFEX Philippines and Top APEC Grocers.

Taste APEC @ IFEX Philippines is an exclusive trade platform for the top food brands and food-related products of the 21 APEC economies. This special showcase will feature country pavilions, celebrated chefs, product presentations, and cooking demonstrations. It will also bring together the APEC premier food brands through the Top APEC Brands special setting.

Top APEC Grocers is an exclusive buyer incentive program, where top APEC retail operators/chains will have the opportunity to meet with Philippines’ top food exporters and manufacturers in an exclusive business setting called the Grocers’ Exchange Mart (G-MART).

“With over 700 exporters from different countries across the globe and more than13,000 international buyers and visitors, IFEX Philippines will serve as an excellent opportunity for business matching, sourcing, and B2B transactions for buyers, manufacturers, and exporters,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.

IFEX Philippines gathers in one grand occasion food manufacturers, traders/retailers, consolidators, agents, distributors, non-government organizations (NGOs), cooperatives, institutional suppliers, allied business support organizations (BSOs), academe, and government agencies with visitors from Asia Pacific, Oceania, Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East.

IFEX Philippines, the country’s banner food event, is spearheaded by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions agency of DTI, in partnership with the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA).

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Food Export Sales Get Major Boost During Philippine Selling Missions

The 2011 Philippine Selling Mission to the Middle East generated over US$ 32 million in food export sales. The trade mission, which lasted from November 18, 2011 to December 2, 2011, gave way to multiple business opportunities between the Philippines and the Middle East. With the growing market for Philippine food products, Philippine food companies were able to have one-on-one business meetings with the Middle Eastern buyers.

The selling mission’s goal was to further penetrate the region’s market and establish Philippines as a reliable supplier of fresh and processed food commodities, as well as gathering trends and updates on trade barriers, safety issues, and import regulations and requirements in the Middle East.

Read more about the Philippine Selling Mission