DTI-CITEM highlights world-class Philippine seafood at the largest international food expo in the country

  • DTI-CITEM will showcase top quality seafood at The Cold Room special setting of the country’s biggest international food trade show.
One of the featured seafoods at The Cold Room: Seafood at Sub-Zero

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine archipelago is home to one of the richest and most diverse aquatic ecosystems in the world. It is through this that the country enjoys an abundance of commercial and domesticated fish, crustaceans and mollusks. These are distributed from major fish ports to all over the country and exported to nations like Europe and the USA, with tuna being the largest fishery export from the Philippines followed by seaweed, shrimp and crab products.

The fishing industry is a significant sector in the Philippines, contributing around 2% of the country’s GDP. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), aims to showcase what the Philippine seas have to offer in the global market at the upcoming IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA on 24-26 May 2019 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

One of the new event features that will be unveiled this edition is The Cold Room: Seafood at Sub-Zero. This curated setting will feature the best export quality seafood from the country’s top and rising seafood exporters. To preserve the freshness of these marine products, the whole special setting will be housed in a specially designed cold storage facility custom-built by Cold Front Technologies Asia, Inc.

Trade buyers and visitors are invited to enter The Cold Room and experience temperatures below zero to see and taste the various selections of fresh, frozen and value-added Philippine seafood like tuna, seaweed, prawns, octopus and other high-value marine food products.

“See-food” diet

Unagi kabayaki by ASMAROS

One of the companies to be featured in The Cold Room is first-time exhibitor, ASMAROS Global Corp., whose main products are authentic unagi kabayaki and frozen unagi fillet. The company operates the only eel farm in Asia, outside of Japan, that is certified by the Japan Agricultural Standard (JAS). ASMAROS highlights its use of Japanese systems and technologies in producing top quality unagi kabayaki sourced from Philippine seas.

Brand new packaging from Donny’s Choice

Returning this year as part of this new special setting are Donny’s Choice Fresh Seafood and Century Pacific Food, Inc. Donny’s Choice specializes in fresh frozen marine products like their peeled shrimps, nobashi prawns and lapu-lapu fillets. This year’s IFEX Philippines will also witness the debut of their newly-designed product packaging.



A variety of bangus offerings from Century Pacific

For this edition, Century Pacific will be featuring their fresh frozen bangus products sourced directly from open sea cages from the province of General Santos. With the Philippines being the “Milkfish Capital of the World,” Century Pacific aims to highlight the fish quality, deboning skill and the unmatched flavors and taste of the Philippine bangus.


Catch these brands and taste the fresh flavors of the Philippine seas at The Cold Room: Seafood at Sub-Zero and discover what’s next in the world of food at IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA on 24-26 May 2019 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City, Philippines.

IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD Asia is the country’s biggest international trade exhibition for ethnic and specialty food, tropical fruits, vegetables, seafood, beverages, bakery and confectionery products, meat and poultry, Halal-certified products, as well as natural, organic, and healthy food products. The three-day event is reputed as the premier business-to-business platform for local and international food companies to discover new markets, launch new products and transact with the world’s biggest buyers. IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA is organized by DTI-CITEM and co-presented by the Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS).

Pangasinan MSMEs join IFEX Philippines

DTI-CITEM, Dagupan LGU team up to uplift local firms in PH biggest food show

img1.jpgMSME representatives from Dagupan City under the Produktong Dagupeño Marketing Cooperative (PDMC).

Products of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) based in Dagupan City, Pangasinan will be showcased during the three-day IFEX Philippines, the country’s biggest export-oriented food show on 25-27 May 2018 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC).

IFEX Philippines is the Philippines’ biggest export‐oriented food show organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

A total of 16 Dagupan-based MSMEs already confirmed participation in IFEX Philippines 2018 which is expected to draw thousands of visitors around the world. The exhibiting firms are members of the Produktong Dagupeño Marketing Cooperative (PDMC), a group of entrepreneurs assembled by the local government unit (LGU) last January 2018 to uplift the best of Dagupan‐made products.

“PDMC is proud to represent the best of what Dagupan has to offer to the world in IFEX Philippines,” said Fiona Mae Lopez, the Dagupan City Cooperative Officer. “This will be the first major trade event of PDMC as a cooperative ever since the group took off starting 2018.”

Fishing accounts for a major slice of livelihood in Dagupan City.

In partnership with CITEM, the local government of Dagupan City facilitated and subsidized the participation of the MSMEs to promote the city’s premier products and provide more livelihood opportunities for small businesses.

“The collective participation of Dagupan firms is a welcome development for the upcoming seafood edition of IFEX Philippines,” said Nora K. Terrado, DTI Undersecretary for Trade and Investments Promotion.

“Developing MSMEs is one of the priority growth areas of DTI under the Duterte administration. They are our partners for pushing for inclusive growth and it is now our turn to help them elevate their marketing promotions and export-readiness,” added Terrado.

Palitao de yema, one of Dagupan City’s special delicacies, will also be featured in IFEX Philippines.

PDMC members showcasing the world-class Dagupan Bangus includes La Catalina, Delia’s Marinated Boneless Bangus, Nak‐Nak’s, Nana Cion, Maria Endang, Noreen, Pugaro Fish Products and other bangus producers.

The group is also featuring some of the city’s other high-value seafood products and local delicacies from Mamang’s Homemade, Aling Galing, Jarold’s Super Desserts and Anne’s Cassava Chips.

Their products include lapu-lapu, talakitok, oysters, crab, shrimp, dried fish, cassava chips, organic nipa vinegar, ube halaya, roasted peanut, turmeric tea, palitao de yema, and other local treats.

The 12th edition of IFEX Philippines is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Interested companies/exhibitor may contact Ms. Alex Lucas at 831-2137, or send an inquiry at alucas@citem.com.ph.