7 New Filipino Chocolate Treats at IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA

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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:

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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

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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.

 

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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.

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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

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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.”

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

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).

“KNOWLEDGE SHARING SESSIONS”

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 www.ifexphilippines.com.

 

From trend to mainstream: PH rises in the world of food

IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA presents the next big thing in Filipino food at Islands on a Plate

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Rustic bibingka.  A modern reinvention of the homegrown Philippine favorite rice cake during Christmas season.

Manila, Philippines ‐‐ This year, Filipino food and chefs have been getting rave reviews and international recognition for their culinary technique, creativity and usage of local ingredients.

National Geographic has listed Filipino food as one of the top food trends in 2019 with the food rave on Filipino-led eateries across the globe such as Washington DC’s Bad Saint and LA’s Lasa, Mamasons’ in London, as well as Filishack, The Adobros and Mamasons’ in London.

Filipino-American chef Tom Cunanan of Bad Saint finally won as the Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic at the James Beard Awards, which is considered the “Oscars” of the culinary world.

Meanwhile, Toyo Eatery, led by Filipino culinary star Jordy Navarra, has recently entered the list of prestigious Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 as the only Philippine entry at rank 43.

As the world craves for Filipino cuisine, it begs a question: what is next for Philippine food?

“The next step for Filipino food is to channel all of its culinary technique, wealth of ingredients and traditions from a global sensation to actually become a mainstream staple on dining menus all over the world,” shared Pauline Suaco-Juan, the executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

CITEM is the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the agency that is mandated to promote Philippine food in different international exhibits in UAE, US, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, China and many more.

“The complexities and diverse flavors of our homegrown dishes are now being unraveled to the global audience thanks to the brilliance of Filipino chefs and restaurants abroad with their refined culinary techniques and choice of quality Asian ingredients, as well as the Philippine food exhibits overseas,” Suaco‐Juan said.

“Now is an exciting time for Philippine food. Our local cuisine is rising in the world of food and we want to push for Filipino food products, dishes and ingredients to become the next big Asian trend,” she added.

This statement comes a day before CITEM opens its gate to thousands of local and international food buyers and culinary influencers to check out what’s the next big thing in Asian food in IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM), Pasay City from May 24‐26, 2019.

According to Suaco-Juan, IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD Asia seeks to answer the question “What’s NXT in the world of FOOD?” by giving exhibitors from the Philippines and beyond a platform to showcase premium food exports, emerging trends, best practices, and industry innovations to the world’s biggest buyers.

A highlight of the event is the showcase of the country’s “Premium 7” export products, namely banana, coconut, coffee, cacao, mango, pineapple and tuna. Foodies attending the event can also relish dishes or products made with the “Rising Stars of Filipino food,” which include ube, calamansi, turmeric (luyang dilaw), moringa (malunggay), muscovado rice and heirloom rice, among others.

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Open-faced mango and premium red tuna salad. A fusion of the corned tuna sourced from the pristine waters of  General Santos City with a tangy zest of fresh Philippine mango and mango poppers from Cebu.

“International foodies and chefs across the globe are welcomed to see, taste and experience the wealth of ingredients in the Philippines and see how they can use it in their own local dishes,” said Suaco‐Juan.

“We cannot wait to show the world what makes Filipino food a champion. We want the world to know that when it comes to food, the best in taste and quality can be found in the Philippines,” she added.

Islands on a Plate celebrates Philippine food

As the country’s biggest export-oriented food show, IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA is taking foodies all over the world in a gastronomic feast of Filipino flavors in the Islands on a Plate special setting.

This special setting will feature the heirloom cuisines and iconic food products from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with the inclusion of a Halal Pavilion, One Town One Product (OTOP) Pavilion and a Seafood Pavilion by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

It shall also have a special pavilion for food producers hailing from Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region and SOCCSKSARGEN, as well as the provinces of Negros Occidental, Misamis Oriental and Taguig City.

“Foodies will be able to taste and get an intimate knowledge on the roots of the country’s most popular dishes and delicacies across the regions straight from the some of the same culinary minds who have made those iconic and part of Filipino culinary tradition,” explained Suaco-Juan.

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Diners relish and take photos of the dishes served at the IFEX Philippines Media Preview.
Dishes were prepared using the Premium 7 export products and Rising Stars of Filipino food
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preview on what to expect on the Islands on a Plate special setting.

To highlight the use of the Philippines’ Premium 7 and the Rising Star of Filipino food, CITEM invited selected members of the media in an exclusive 12-course merienda cena dining experience presented with Via Mare and Chef Bea Nitard ingredients.

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Taba ng talangka with roasted kinurat rice. Heirloom rice from Kalinga with a dash of coconut vinegar (pinakurat) and topped with aligue and ginger.

Included in the lineup of dishes were rustic bibingka, pirurutong bumbong, open-faced mango and premium red tuna salad, calamansi sherbet with pomelo bits; Cebuanong alimasag ala brandade gratinee; Batangas turmeric rice with chicken inasal; taba ng talangka with roasted kinurat rice; and champoradong waray with danggit. Also served for desserts were crème emperatrice, turon with chocolate and caramel filling, tropical fruit cake flambe and spicy chocolate ginger bombs.

“The abundance, diversity and flexibility of our local ingredients make the Philippines one of the best sources of food products and culinary inspirations in the world. You really just have to be at IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA to see, taste and experience it,” she added.

This year’s edition of IFEX Philippines is co-organized with the DTI’s the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Council, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT).

Visit www.ifexphilippines.com/ to sign up for the event or to check out more details. Follow IFEX Philippines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get more updates on the event.

 

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.
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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

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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).

Local and int’l food traders invited to source in the PH amid booming agri-exports

  • DTI-CITEM eyes to further boost exports as it presents ‘NXTFOOD ASIA’ in its next edition of IFEX Philippines
IFEX Philippines Premium ExportsThe Philippines’ ‘Premium 7’ food exports include banana, cacao, coffee, coconut, mango, pineapple and tuna.

 

Food traders and enthusiasts around world are invited to source the finest Asian food and ingredients in the Philippines as the country’s food and agricultural product exports continuous to expand.

The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), said global buyers could discover the next big thing in Asian food in the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) on May 24-26, 2019.

Now on its 13th edition, the three-day event will present ‘NXTFOOD ASIA’ featuring the innovations, trends and best practices in the food industry with the participation of Philippine and Asian food champions, manufacturers, culinary talents and other stakeholders.

“The Philippines is your gateway to Asian food products with its vibrant agri-export and food manufacturing industry, as well as its strong oriental influence and strategic proximity to other Asian countries,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

“Food buyers and lovers can savor these Asian products and other tropical delights with the showcase of ‘NXTFOOD ASIA’ in IFEX Philippines, the country’s biggest and most respected business-to-business (B2B) event for Asian food and ingredients,” she added.

The three-day event will cover 12 different food sectors, namely (1) seafood and marine products; (2) alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; (3) coffee, herbal teas and cocoa; (4) fresh and processed seafood; (5) fruits and vegetables; (6) grains and cereals; (7) herbs and spices; (8) meat and poultry; (9) natural, healthy and organic products; (10) bakery and confectionery; (11) specialty, ethnic and gourmet products; and (12) allied industries.

According to Suaco-Juan, buyers and visitors are in for a much exciting and productive sourcing experience in IFEX Philippines this year. Attendees can discover, taste, feel, smell, see in full color the next big thing in Asian food and relish in their lineup of exhibits and activities.

“By presenting ‘NXTFOOD ASIA,’ we aim to showcase the agricultural bounty and culinary heritage of the Philippines and other Asian countries that are now delighting palates across the globe,” noted Suaco-Juan.

PH agri-exports boom

In 2017, the Philippines’ export earnings from agricultural products reached a total of Php 331.61 billion with fresh banana as the country’s leading agricultural export commodity according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). This number was higher by 32.25 percent from the 2016 record of Php 250.75 billion.

The country has recently reclaimed its position as the second-largest exporter of bananas in the world based on a preliminary market review report of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

FAO estimated that Philippine banana exports last year expanded by 77.34 percent to an all-time high of 2.95 million metric tons from a recorded volume of 1.663 MMT in 2017.

The output recovery of the Philippines, which accounts for about 90 percent of the total Asian banana exports, boosted the region’s shipments by 70 percent in 2018 to 3.2 MMT from 1.9 MMT in 2017, according to FAO.

Meanwhile, the same PSA report showed the volume of centrifugal sugar exports at 440,733 metric tons indicating a 142.48 percent increment in 2017. Its exports value went up to Php 10.26 billion by 118.14 percent and contributed 3.09 percent to the total value of agricultural exports.

The volume of fresh mango exports at 16,166 metric tons and value at Php 1.17 billion also went up by 12.36 percent and 84.56 percent, respectively, with a notable increase in market price.

“Increasing exportation both in volume and value were noted for onion, mongo, cocoa beans, sweet potato, cassava, papaya and calamansi,” said Suaco-Juan. “There’s also a huge market interest for the other agri-commodities like santol, kamias, jackfruit, dalandan, passion fruit and other rootcrops and exotic Philippine fruits.”

PSA report also revealed that the value of rice exports in 2017 at Php 44.61 million grew by 114.85 percent. Its corresponding volume went up to 322.0 metric tons or by 22.30 percent. Exportation of corn in 2017 at 595.5 metric tons valued at Php 84.11 million also increased by 71.66 percent and by 65.32 percent, respectively.

In the world export market, the Philippines has a bigger share in the export earnings generated from coconut products. In 2016, the contribution of the Philippines’ export value of desiccated coconut to the world export earnings increased to 31.07 percent.  Increasing shares were noted as well in pineapple at 24.99 percent and banana at 5.77 percent.

The “next big thing” in Asian food to be served at IFEX Philippines 2019

  • Presenting ‘NXTFOOD ASIA,’ this year’s edition will showcase the next big thing in Asian food featuring the latest food innovations, trends and best practices in the food industry.

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Are you ready for the next big thing in Asian food?

Discover it in the upcoming 13th edition of the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) on May 24-26, 2019.

Presenting ‘NXTFOOD ASIA,’ this year’s edition will showcase Asian food featuring the latest food innovations, trends and best practices in the food industry with the participation of Asian food manufacturers, experts, culinary masters, enthusiasts and other stakeholders in the food world.

IFEX Philippines is the country’s biggest and most respected business-to-business (B2B) event for Asian food and ingredients organized by the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM).

“See, taste and experience the next big thing in the future of food in the Philippines and other countries as we serve you the flavorful selections that emanate from our deeply rooted Asian culinary tradition and heritage,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

“Be part of this gastronomic celebration to discover the finest food and ingredients, iconic culinary fusions, home-grown delicacies and latest food trends that Asia has to offer, as well as experience the world-renowned hospitality of the Filipino people,” she added.

 

Asian Food Bonanza

Culminating this year’s edition is the exhibit of ‘Asian Food Champions’ featuring international country pavilions such as China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and other Asian countries. It shall be complemented by the ‘Asian Flavors Avenue’ where a variety of Asian cuisine will be offered to event participants, buyers and visitors.

“With the show’s strong reputation and our aggressive marketing campaign, we hope to get the support of Asian embassies, tourism promotion organizations (TPOs), marketing agents and well-known Asian restaurants to sign up for the event,” said Suaco-Juan.

Welcoming buyers and visitors with an appetizing zing will be the corner for fermented Asian food with a palatable selection of iconic pickles, relishes, condiments and tangy selection. It will feature the sweet, sour, salty and fermented preserves from various Asian countries.

“The flexibility of Asian food will also be put to the test in an Asian noodle exhibit which will highlight the range of traditional to ready-to-eat noodle products in their various forms, shapes, colors and flavors,” added Suaco-Juan.

A new much-awaited exhibit is the ‘IFEX Degustacion: Islands on a Plate’ that will host a unique food tasting experience and retail section in a ‘fiesta’ setting featuring home-grown food brands and best-known delicacies originating from various regions in the Philippines with a unique culinary heritage. Along this setting is a beverage lane that will give buyers and visitors a preview of the latest in fruit- and vegetable-based alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, juices, wines and spirits where Filipino home-grown beverages and top local brands will be featured.

“We’re also very excited to debut ‘The Cold Room,’ an innovative exhibit designed to feature various Philippine seafood like tuna, prawns, octopus, seaweed and other high-value marine food products in an actual cold storage facility open to the guests,” Suaco-Juan said as she described how buyers and visitors will have the chance to taste and sample fresh sashimi, ceviche and shrimp cocktails.

 

Global PH food firms step up

Another exciting addition is the ‘Food Philippines’ hall which shall be the premier venue for top Philippine food brands with a strong presence in the global food market. It shall house the country’s exporters of Premium 7 products and the next rising stars in Philippine food, as well as consolidators representing Philippine food exporters.

“The country’s Premium 7 export products are banana, mango, pineapple, coconut, tuna, coffee and cacao. These commodities are tagged as the Premium 7 since these have been the Philippines’ leading food export for the longest time,” said Suaco-Juan.

Meanwhile, the next rising stars of Philippine food include calamansi (Philippine lime), pili nuts, ube (purple yam), and fruit and vegetable-based beverages.

According to Suaco-Juan, these exhibits are only teasers of what is to come in IFEX Philippines 2019. Buyers and exhibitors can expect this year to be more oriented towards oriental flavors as the show strengthens its position as a premier sourcing event for Asian food and ingredients.

In 2017, IFEX Philippines was one of the official business events during the country’s hosting of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit. The show paved the way for more opportunities and innovations around the world with the showcase of the Philippines’ best and overseas participation of Asian countries like China, South Korea, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand.

Last year, the three-day event was relaunched as an annual trade show. It showcased Asian food products from nearly 600 food exhibitors and welcomed more than 7,000 visitors including over 1,800 trade buyers from 40 countries around the world.

Visit www.ifexphilippines.com/ to sign up for the event or to check out more details. Follow IFEX Philippines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get more updates on the event.

DTI-CITEM brings coconut, banana, and tuna products to SIAL Paris

FoodPhilippines, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), steps up its campaign in European countries, especially as the Philippines looks to maximize trade opportunities under the EU-GSP+ (Generalized System of Preferences Plus). The FoodPhilippines presentation will highlight coconut, banana, and tuna products in its participation to SIAL Paris on 16-20 October 2016 at the Paris Nord Villepente.

Citing a press report from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 2015 that EU-GSP+ increased Philippine exports increased by 27 percent, CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos shares that coconut oil, canned tuna, and preserved fruits are included in the major export products under the zero tariff scheme.

“We are going to take advantage of this momentum in the Philippine export industry by highlighting top quality products like coconut, banana, and tuna through the participation of 15 companies in SIAL Paris, the largest food innovation  exhibition,” Gaetos states. “Tuna especially poses higher export potential because the world is starting to recognize that one of the best tunas in the world comes from the Philippines.”

According to government data on Philippine agricultural exports in 2012, coconut, banana, and tuna are constantly included among the top six export commodities from 2004-2010, with the Netherlands as one of the country’s biggest export markets. CITEM expects that these three food export commodities will benefit greatly from the zero tariff as the rate will go down from 20 percent for tuna, and 10 percent for coconut.

The Philippines is a major exporter of coconut products, particularly coconut oil. The country exports over 70 percent of its coconut oil, with Europe having 52 percent and United States receiving 33.9 percent of the trade, according to the United Coconut Associations of the Philippines (UCAP).

UCAP notes that coconuts are gaining popularity in the UK retail market, with coconut oil now worth over Lsd 14 million per year in sales, and coconut water worth almost Lsd 60 million in value sales, as reported by IRI’s InfoScan data. The same market analysis data also reported that the coconut trend is playing out in other European countries as well, with its increased popularity attributed to Thai-inspired food, and the its health benefits.

Banana is also one of the country’s major fruit exports, comprising 86.9 percent of the total volume in metric tons of fruit exports from the Philippines in 2013. It constitutes a substantial portion of the country’s export revenues. The Cavendish variety, in particular, topped the export statistics for fresh fruits as it surpassed the USD 1B mark in 2014, posting a growth of 18.06 percent from USD 962.58M in 2013 to USD 1.136M last year. Processed banana products are also gaining strong foothold in both local and international markets.

The Philippines ranked 7th among top fish-producing countries in the world in 2013, comprising 2.46 percent of the total world production of 191 million MT. In 2014, tuna, along with seaweeds and shrimp/prawn, accounted for 65 percent of the total export value worth USD 1, 274 million. Tuna is still the country’s top fish export commodity,  with export value at USD 443 million. Canned tuna in particular constituted the bulk of export tuna products.

Coconut, banana and tuna are part of the Premium 7 food group that is considered as the Philippines’ key export drivers in the food industry given that these products considered to be among the best in the global market or manifest high export potential. Also included in the Premium 7 are pineapple, cacao, coffee, and mango.

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The Philippines participation in SIAL Paris is spearheaded by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). FoodPhilippines is a branding initiative of DTI-CITEM that unifies the promotional efforts of the government in overseas trade exhibitions and events to project one brand, one image, one voice. For more information, please visit www.citem.gov.ph.

Slovenia’s top importer targets PH as sourcing destination

Marjan Bevk, CEO of Merit International D.O.O., recently visited Manila for a business matching with several Philippine manufacturers for possible sourcing of fast-moving consumer goods and consumer-packed products. To enable this, HallONE of the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) organized a business-to-business sourcing event for Bevk in coordination with the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands.

Mr. Srecko Debelak, Philippine Honorary Consul in the Republic of Slovenia, and Mr. Marjan Bevk of Merit International D.O.O. with Philippine exporters and HallONE Team
Mr. Srecko Debelak, Philippine Honorary Consul in the Republic of Slovenia, and Mr. Marjan Bevk of Merit International D.O.O. with Philippine exporters and HallONE Team.

The event was attended by nine Philippine manufacturers and suppliers of tuna, baby clothes and toys, ladies’ bags and accessories, craft spirits, jams, and preserved fruits. The participants included Alliance Select Foods International, Inc., Foodsphere, Inc., The Fruit Garden, K&R United, Inc., Destileria Limtuaco Co., Inc., Julianne Candice PH, Benjoy, Inc., AADR Arts and Crafts Center, and Beatriz Accessories.

Operating since 1993, Merit International is one of the top importers and distributors of fast-moving consumer goods and non-food goods in the Slovenian market. Among its top products are food, alcoholic drinks, toys, baby and kids’ clothing, car seats and other gears, lady handbags, business bags, backpacks, and suitcases. Merit also represents reputable global brands such as Bacardi, Martini, Grey Goose, Chipita, and Samsonite, among other.

Bevk was particularly interested in the tuna products, citing tuna chunks as very popular in Slovenia. Alliance Select Foods International, Inc. offered different tuna pack styles, which are solids, chunks, flakes, water or brine, sunflower oil, and soya oil, covering more than 300 acclaimed brands in the global food and retail industry. Foodsphere, Inc. also presented its best-selling spicy corned tuna, the first kind in the world.

Mr. Bevk and Mr. Debelak with Destileria Limtuaco President Olivia Limpe-aw
Mr. Bevk and Mr. Debelak with Destileria Limtuaco President Olivia Limpe-aw.

“It’s the first time I learned about this spicy corned tuna flavor. It’s good that tuna companies in the Philippines are innovative and are trying to offer something new to consumers,” Bevk commented.

Bevk also expressed interest in Destileria Limtuaco’s craft spirits because of the special and distinct ingredients, especially mango and calamansi. “You have good liquors and nice packaging,” Bevk said to Destileria Limtuaco President Olivia Limpe-aw.

Among other craft spirits exhibited by Destileria Limtuaco was the Paradise Mango Rum, which is made from natural Philippine mangoes mixed with high-quality rum. “The rum has already achieved global recognition from wine connoisseurs and that’s also because Philippine mangoes are famous around the world for its delectable taste,” Limpe-aw claimed, which Bevk affirmed.

Bevk inquired about each manufacturer’s current and target markets, product price, production capacity, brand strengths, best-selling products, product-shelf-life, and the capability to adjust to the market entry requirements in Europe. He shared that Slovenes are brand-conscious and very particular with the product packaging.

Currently, Slovenia is the 82nd trading partner and 104th export market of the Philippines. Tuna is the top Philippine export to Slovenia.

“We have an excellent geostrategic position in Europe, with easy access to 500 million inhabitants,” said State Secretary Ales Cantarutti of the Ministry of the Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia, who also headed the delegation composed of 14 representatives from 10 companies of different industry sectors.


HallONE is located at the International Trade Center (ITC) Complex, Roxas Boulevard corner Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Pasay City. It is a sourcing venue for features high-quality export products from the Home, Fashion and Food industry sectors. To visit its design-driven venue, contact its secretariat office at telephone number (+632) 831- 2201 local 253/600.

PH identified as a potential ally of European Union on sustainable management

In December 2014, the Philippines has been granted Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) by the EU that provided duty free entry to the region for important Philippine exports including food products such as coconut and marine products, processed fruits, prepared food, animal and vegetable fats and oils. Using the GSP+ grant, the Philippine exporters now have the opportunity to bring more than 6,000 products to 28 EU-member countries at zero tariff.

The inclusion of the Philippines in the GSP+ scheme boosts the country’s agriculture and fisheries sector, particularly the tuna industry of General Santos City in Mindanao, according to Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala.  Home to six tuna canneries and big tuna fishing companies, the tuna capital of the Philippines sees sales boost from the EU because of the grant.  The Philippines’ Bureau of Fishery and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) states that the EU is a major export market for the country’s marine and seafood products.

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As the world’s biggest fish importer, the EU follows a strict policy in filtering which marine and seafood products enter their market through Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) regulation. The regulation allows only the fish products deemed legal by the EU-member country concerned to enter the EU market.

The Philippines was given the “green card” to bring in the country’s marine and seafood products to EU, which was previously put on hold for ten months. The country’s effort to cooperate in fighting illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing through Republic Act (R.A.) 8550, a national policy that will ensure compliance with international agreements on fishing, has been acknowledged by the EU.

With the Philippines’ efforts to help prohibit illegal fishing and protect marine resources, the EU considers the country as a valuable ally on sustainable management within global and regional organizations, thus giving the Philippines an opportunity to bring our premium food products to the EU market.

On October 10-14, 2015, Food Philippines will bring Philippine tuna and its food applications to Anuga, the world’s largest and most important food and beverage fair, slated at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. With canned and processed tuna on top of the list, the Philippines’ fish products exports to the EU market amount  to USD180 million annually.

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Tuna is among Food Philippines’ premium seven food products which will be featured at the Philippine Pavilion together with banana, cacao, coconut, coffee, mango, and pineapple. The country’s delegation to Germany will bring processed fruits derived from the premium seven (dried mangoes, dried pineapple, dried young coconut, coconut gel, dried banana, banana chips, fruit preserves, fruit-based ingredients, canned juices, and dried fruits and nuts); canned and frozen seafood; breads and confectioneries; snacks and noodles; and sauces and condiments, backed by strict adherence to international food standards.

Food Philippines is the industry brand for the food sector which unifies the overseas promotional efforts of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Under this industry brand, the Philippines is positioned as Asia’s most exciting sourcing destination for food exports, being one of the world’s top exporters of tropical fruits and marine products.

The Philippine pavilion at Anuga will be located at Hall 1 – Booth Nos. D30-E39 / D40-E49.

Food Philippines to showcase bestsellers in the world’s largest food fair

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is gearing up for the country’s much-awaited participation in Anuga, the world’s largest and most important food and beverage fair slated in Cologne, Germany on October 10-14, 2015.

The Philippine Pavilion at the Koelnmesse in Cologne will showcase the newest products of 30 premium food companies with culinary demonstrations and unlimited  food sampling. A highlight of the Philippine presence in Anuga will be business matching activities and a Philippine Business Presentation before European trade buyers.

THE PHILIPPINE COCONUT (left) and cacao beans (right).
THE PHILIPPINE COCONUT (left) and cacao beans (right).

“The country’s presence in Anuga will be themed under the industry brand of Food Philippines. Anuga is considered by food and beverage industry players as the leading source of information on product trends, innovative products and distribution schemes. It is the ideal platform to reinforce the country’s brand promotion of the Food Philippines Premium 7, which include banana, cacao, coconut, coffee, mango, pineapple, and tuna,” said Rosvi Gaetos, Executive Director of CITEM.

Philippine mango – dried mangoes (foreground) and fresh mango (background).
Philippine mango – dried mangoes (foreground) and fresh mango (background).

Thirty Philippine food manufacturers will join the world’s leading food fair for the retail trade,  food service, and manufacturing market. They will carry a wide range of the country’s bestselling food export products like seafood, tropical fruit products, organic muscovado sugar, coconut products, among many others. New food applications and derivatives like coconut chew, coconut flour, frozen tropical fruits, and pouch tuna will be presented to approximately 155,000 decision-makers from  the  retail, manufacturing, and food service sectors visiting Anuga.

BANANA CHIPS (left) and dried pineapple chews (right).
BANANA CHIPS (left) and dried pineapple chews (right).

The Philippine delegation to Anuga will be led by Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo and Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo, Jr. of the Industry Promotions Group (IPG), who will meet with key food importers and distributors in Europe to boost  Philippines-EU trade relations, especially in the  light of the Philippines being the only Southeast Asian country accorded with the GSP+ status for 10 years (2014-2024).

The country’s participation in this major industry event will highlight the potential benefits of the European Union (EU) GSP+ to the Philippines. Exports of the Philippines to the EU are expected to increase after the country’s official inclusion in the EU GSP+ Program in December last year. More products will be accorded zero duty.

TUNA tops the list of the seafood that the Philippines exports to the EU.
TUNA tops the list of the seafood that the Philippines exports to the EU.

“We at DTI and CITEM are confident that trade buyers from the food and beverage industry all over the world will find our product lineup to be refreshing and even inspirational. It is going to be a ‘Taste by Design experience,’” said Undersecretary Manalo.

DTI has been campaigning recently about the advantages of exporting under the EU GSP+ scheme, and encouraging qualified exporters to maximize opportunities from the said scheme. The EU GSP+ is a system of tariff preferences granted unilaterally by the EU to products originating from developing countries. It is a special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance in the form of zero duties.