7 New Filipino Chocolate Treats at IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA

Raw cacao beans and chocolate branded bars are lined up in front of the Philippine Cacao Pavilion.

Delectable, decadent and delicious.

These are just some of the flavors that describe the country’s chocolates and cacao-based products, which are being showcased from May 24-26 at the Philippine Cacao Pavilion in IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

“Buyers and visitors from major target markets abroad were delighted with heavenly treats by makers of cacao—also known as the ‘Food of the Gods’—at the Philippine Cacao Pavilion,” said Pauline Suaco-Juan, the Executive Director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the organizer of the event.

Here are 7 of the newest Filipino chocolates spotted at the Philippine Cacao Pavilion:

68% Dark Chocolate – Mango by Auro Chocolatesimg2

Auro Chocolates presents a new experience to enjoy Philippine-sourced chocolate and mango with 100 percent of the fruit but without the added sugar. Each piece of this new product is carefully freeze dried to a crisp, giving everyone the crunch and none of the oil.



Tangy Granola with Green Mango and Cacao Nibs by Wit’s Sweets and Savouries


Wit’s Sweets and Savouries prepared its Tangy Granola by combining mood-boosting cacao nibs with the tangy flavor of green mangoes to give an energizing and palatable flavor in every bite. Aside from tangy, granolas are also available in classic tasty, spicy, zesty and in coffee flavors.




Arabica Chocolates by Dulche Chocolates

Bringing the first chocolate brand from Benguet, Dulche Chocolates offers in its Arabica Chocolates two of the best Philippine agri-commodities from the highlands: coffee and cacao. This bitter-sweet concoction is a perfect treat for coffee lovers.




Dark Chocolate Nibs with Cranberries by Chocoloco

Cacao nibs are basically the purest form of chocolate that give you more cacao bean health benefits since it undergoes less processing stages. With its Dark Chocolate Nibs, Chocoloco uses fermented cacao beans which are then perfectly roasted, cracked and coated with premium organic coconut sap sugar.



Cacao Tea by Cacao Culture


Different from the usual tablea, Cacao Culture offers Cacao Tea that is made of 100% cacao husk, or the outer shell of the cacao beans. The husks are from high-quality cacao beans grown, harvested and processed in Davao City—the  “Chocolate Capital of the Philippines.”





Pili Choc by MS3 Choco

Another energizing offering under the Philippine cacao pavilion is the Pili Choc by MS3 Choco made from premium cacao combined with pili nuts which are a significant source of essential minerals, proteins and vitamins.





100% Cacao Bar by Chocoliz/Saret Organic Farmville

This new offering by Chocoliz is a sugar-free, guilt-free, dark chocoloate-tasting candy bar made with organic cacao grown in Luzon by Saret Organic Farmville. This chocolate bar undergoes minimal processing to retain the natural health benefits of cacao.

Minimally processed cacao helps fight against cancer, cardiovascular & kidney diseases, stress and anxiety. It is good for the brain, heart, blood and skin.

Cacao is one of the Philippines’ “Premium 7” export products and has been produced in the country since the 17th century. The Premium 7 exports include coconut, coffee, banana, pineapple, mango and tuna.

All of the three varieties of cacao beans are present and grown in the country. The majority of cocoa beans produced are mid-value Trinitario beans. Criollo beans, which are mainly from older trees, have lower yield but are still being produced while higher value varieties of Forastero beans are beginning to be planted in some local farms.

To know more about Philippine cacao and chocolate products, visit IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA happening on May 24 to 26, 2019 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

The Philippines brings healthy, tropical flavor goodness to SIAL Paris

The Philippines is all set to showcase the country’s premium tropical fruits and food products in its participation in the 50th SIAL Paris, one of Europe’s most significant trade fairs slated on Oct. 19-23, 2014 at the Paris Nord Villepinte in France.

The Philippine participation is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its export promotions arm, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

“In the current survey of food innovation trends in Europe, consumers prefer foods that have a unique flavor profile to excite the palate of even the most adventurous gourmand. This trend is parallel with the growing global shift towards healthier and more natural food options. SIAL buyers and visitors to the Philippine pavilion will have a ‘Taste of the Philippines’, with our very own range of ‘terroir’ products for the world,” Ms. Rosvi Gaetos, CITEM Executive Director said.

Century Pacific
Century Pacific

The Philippines will occupy a 300 sqm Pavilion located at Hall 4Q 108, 132, 156. It has a special setting on Philippine heritage products; and will feature cooking demonstrations by an all-Filipino culinary crew flown in from the Philippines; with food sampling for visitors and guests.

Fifteen of the country’s top food exporters and manufacturers will offer their primary product lines for the world in individual booths for direct negotiation with buyers.

The Philippine Pavilion was designed to provide SIAL buyers and visitors with a full appreciation of food products from the Philippines as well as insights into the unique food culture of the country.

Philippine Grocers Food Exports, Inc.
Philippine Grocers Food Exports, Inc.

Philippine Terroir Products Special Setting

The Philippines boasts of natural and tropical food that derive their unique textures and flavors from the terrain where they are planted, grown, and harvested and the genius loci: the well-loved Philippine mango (Mangifera indica L.) of Cebu and Zambales known for its smooth, succulent golden flesh with a distinct sweet tropical fragrance; banana both of the Cardava (Saba) (Musa paradisiaca L.) and Cavendish (Musa acuminata) varieties of Mindanao with its fresh tender flavor character rich in potassium; the coconuts (Cocos nucifera) of the Southern Tagalog and Bicol regions, Eastern Visayas and Southern Mindanao with their tender, naturally sweet and snow white meat that give exotic flavor and  aroma; and the calamansi or Philippine Lemon (Citrus madurinces) of Mindoro with its tropical sour acid flavor with a subtle note of sweetness; as well as the Pili (Canarium ovatum) nut from the volcanic region of Bicol that gives mild, butternut flavor and tender-crispy texture.

Marigold Manufacturing Corporation (Mama Sita’s)
Marigold Manufacturing Corporation (Mama Sita’s)

Likewise featured are staples in Philippine diet like seafood and agrimarine products; together with heritage foods like organic rice, Muscovado cane sugar, organic coconut nectar and cane vinegars and sauces, artisanal craft spirits, kapeng barako of Batangas, and the single origin Cacao chocolate of Davao.

These terroir food products speak of a “Taste of the Philippines” that comes from a long culinary tradition, which are now being brought to the world in modern tastes and forms.

An all-female culinary team from the Philippines composed of a chef, barista, and a sous chef; will be serving artisanal Filipino signature delicacies and beverages using the terroir products as key ingredients. A tasting menu will be offered to buyers and visitors for sampling all day.

Philippine International Trading Corporation
Philippine International Trading Corporation

The cooking demonstration complete with annotation will be held from 11:00AM to 3:00PM throughout the five days of the exhibition.

The culinary team will prepare a tasting menu that includes:  tuna ceviche, laing (taro leaves cooked in coconut milk) in phylo triangle, green mango & salted egg salad, chicken liver adobo pate on melba toast, calamansi madeleines, banana éclair with cacao de Davao, Irish coffee lambanog (coconut vodka), tropical mango coffee, calamansi mint cooler, mango daiquiri, and calamansi vodka grimlet.

The participating Philippine companies are: B-G Fruits and Nuts Manufacturing Corporation; Brandexports Philippines, Inc. / Profood International Corporation; Century Pacific Food, Inc.; DLA Naturals, Inc.; Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines; GSL Premium Food Export Corporation; JUD Products Philippines, Inc., M. Lhuillier Food Products, Inc.; Marigold Manufacturing Corporation (Mama Sita’s); Miesto International Foods Corporation; Philfresh Corporation; Philippine Grocers Food Exports, Inc.; Philippine International Trading Corporation; See’s International Food Manufacturing Corporation; and Universal Robina Corporation.

See’s International Food Manufacturing Corporation
See’s International Food Manufacturing Corporation

This year, DTI-CITEM targets an export sale of US$50 million in its SIAL participation, a 41.2% increase from its 2012 participation which garnered a combined sale of US$20.6 million.

Aside from its participation in overseas fairs like SIAL, the DTI-CITEM is organizing the country’s banner food event next year, the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines, scheduled to be held on May 21-24, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. A special feature of IFEX is “Taste APEC@IFEX Philippines”, a special showcase of the 21 APEC Economies featuring their country pavilions, top food brands, and celebrated chefs.