PH food products wow with USD22.7M export sales at the 29th Taipei International Food Show

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Philippine pavilion. L-R:  Ms Yvonne Ma (MECO), Ms Gemma Cruz (Yanyan International),  Mr. Jing Jinbing Tang (Team Asia), Mr. Rejhie Co (GAINCOCO), Mr. Michael Ignacio (MECO Commercial Affairs Director), Mr. Gilberto F. Lauengco (MECO Board of Directors Vice Chairman), Ms Mary Ann G. Roque (Destileria Limtuaco Export Manager), Mr. Antonio Causing (Philippine Delegation Fair Leader and Leonie Agri Corp. President), Ms Eugenia B. Policarpio (Destileria Limtuaco VP of Supply Chain & Exports), Mr. Sidney Morcozo (Century Pacific Food, Inc. Global Brands Sales Operations and Systems Manager), Ms Ma. Almira Silva (Mira’s Turmeric Owner), Ms Mary Joy Bello (JND Manufacturing Industries VP of Operations), Ms Jessica P. Genovia (CITEM Project Officer) and Ms Maureen Pasciolco (Pasciolco Agri Ventures General Manager).

Philippine food products at the recently concluded Taipei International Food Show (TIFS) held at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) in Taiwan last 19-22 June 2019 proved lucrative as the country’s delegation raked in almost 23 million US dollars in export sales.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Taipei (PTIC-Taipei), and in coordination with the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taiwan, the team brought 11 food companies to showcase some of the best natural and healthy food products the Philippines has to offer in both the Taiwanese and the global market. This year marks the seventh participation of the Philippines in the Taipei International Food Show, more commonly known as FOOD TAIPEI.

FOOD TAIPEI is reputed as one of the top food trade shows in all of Asia. It is held concurrently with four other food-related shows including Foodtech & Pharmatech Taipei, Taipei Pack, Taiwan HORECA and Halal Taiwan. This year, the 5-in-1 food expo assembled 2,000 exhibitors with 5,000 booths and brought in more than 64,000 visitors from all over the world.

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Right: Chef Maria Paula Guttierez and Export Sales & Marketing Manager Sidney Morcozo attend to foreign buyers during a food sampling activity at the Century Pacific booth.

With a mix of returning and first-time exhibitors, the FoodPHILIPPINES Pavilion showcased a wide variety of products, including canned seafood and meats, coconut products and health foods. The Philippine exhibitors received around 200 business inquiries and observed foreign market conditions and product trends.

The bestsellers from the FoodPHILIPPINES Pavilion during the four-day trade show were canned tuna, sardines and milkfish products from Century Pacific Food, Inc.; various coconut-based products from Team Asia Corporation and Tropicana Food Products, Inc.; and the bevy of natural and plant-based health products like herbal teas, vegetable chips and mushroom chips from exhibitors Leonie Agri Corp., Mira’s Turmeric Products and Pasciolco Agri Ventures.

“Our goal for this trade show is to promote the Philippines as a viable source of healthier and innovative food products and ingredients to address the growing health trends around the globe,” said CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan. “TIFS is a great opportunity for the country to showcase some of our new products, such as organic food supplements and organic packaged foods and beverages.”

The healthy, natural food products showcased by some of the Philippine exhibitors at the Taipei trade show was a response to the continuously growing and young demographic of Taiwanese consumers that seek out healthier, less processed, natural and organic foods as safer alternatives to conventional counterparts.

Also featured at the pavilion were products from Yanyan International, Inc.; Yearluck Food & Industrial Corporation; Destileria Limtuaco; Grand Asia Integrated Natural Coco (GAINCOCO) Products Corporation and JND Manufacturing Industries.

For more information on the Philippine’s participation at this year’s Taipei International Food Show, visit

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).