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.

For more information on the schedule of seminars and activities, visit


Halal-certified food companies at IFEX Philippines

The International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines, Asia’s food lifestyle and innovation show, features halal-certified food products as it celebrates its 10th edition.

The global halal trade is estimated to be worth USD2.3 trillion.  While halal food products have a ready market among the world’s Muslim population estimated at around 2 billion, halal food is consumed by even non-Muslim consumers because it has become synonymous with the highest standards of food safety.

Big E Food Corporation
Big E Food Corporation

The increasing demand for halal-certified products in the international market poses a huge opportunity for the ASEAN community. While the neighboring ASEAN member states undertake efforts to promote and develop their halal industries, the Philippines likewise takes advantage of this advancement by carrying on development programs for the industry through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) identifies halal food exports as one of the growth areas that could trigger a 30 percent increase in the export figures for food by 2016.

M. Lhuillier Food Products Inc.
M. Lhuillier Food Products Inc.

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) has always been an active agency in promoting the halal food industry. As a key player in bringing food exhibitors in the international scene, CITEM brings these companies to the world’s biggest food shows annually, helping them gain traction from halal trade buyers all around the globe,” said Rosvi Gaetos, Executive Director of CITEM.

In the recently held Gulfood, the world’s biggest annual food and hospitality show, a group of select halal-certified food companies representing Food Philippines generated USD90 million in sales in a span of five days.


Organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of DTI, IFEX Philippines will feature 51 food companies with halal certifications in its 10th edition. The event’s largest buyer delegation will come from the MENASA region and will include top retail chain operators.

A full line-up of seminars on halal trade will take place on 23 May 2015 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, under the IFEX Philippines Food Export and Investment Seminars. Seminars under the halal track will focus on the new market entry and halal as competitive advantage, halal concerns and awareness on various products, incorporating shar’ah aspect in business, how to establish halal business, halal transport, restaurants, and catering services, and introduction to Muslim-friendly tourism.

From Left to Right: Bro. Ismail Kalla, Vice President, Islamic Council of Africa and Mr. Malek Mattar, Board Director, My Outlets Pte. Ltd. Singapore
From Left to Right: Mr. Malek Mattar, Board Director, My Outlets Pte. Ltd. Singapore and Bro. Ismail Kalla, Vice President, Islamic Council of Africa

IFEX Philippines is a biennial trade event organized by CITEM and supported by the Department of Agriculture – Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS). An official parallel activity to the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) Meeting, IFEX Philippines 2015 is slated on May 21-24, 2015, at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines.

For more information about IFEX Philippines 2015, please visit