13 Filipino companies participate in US food show
Led by the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, the Philippine participation will exhibit and sample the country’s range of healthy, organic and premium food products. “The FoodPhilippines pavilion in San Francisco will have grand a showcase of the Philippines’ specialty food products that are targeted for export in the North American region as well as other neighboring regions,” said DTI-Citem executive director Pauline Suaco-Juan. WFFS is the US West Coast’s largest specialty food and beverage event with an estimated 20,000 annual visitors and 1,500 exhibitors from across the US and 28 other countries. “Specialty food” refers to products of the highest grade, style or quality, derived from their uniqueness, origin, processing method, and design. Exhibiting in WFFS for the first time are CJ Uniworld Corp. with their variety of banana chips; Filipinas Oro de Cacao with their single-origin ‘Auro Chocolate’ from Davao; Grand Asia Integrated Natural Coco Products Corporation with their processed coconut products under ‘Gaincoco’; Innovative Packaging Industry Corp. with their ‘Oh So Healthy!’ fruit crisps. Meanwhile, Philippine companies that are making a comeback in WFFS are Bethany Sales Inc.; Century Pacific Food, Inc./Century Pacific North America; Islamic Da’Wah Council of the Philippines, Inc.; Magicmelt Foods Inc., PasciolcoAgri Ventures; Prime Fruits International Inc.; Profood International Corp.; SL Agritech Corp. and San Miguel Corp.. “Backed with these firms, we are confident that this Philippine delegation will significantly boost the government’s high-impact export strategy to widen our export reach in Western countries,” said Suaco-Juan.
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