Department of Agriculture pavilion

World-class agri products take center stage at Philippine Food Expo

Department of Agriculture pavilion

The Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization (Philfoodex) put its best food forward once more and showcased the world-class agricultural produce at the recent 16th Philippine Food Expo held at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

Themed “The Best of Filipino Flavors,” the three-day exhibit featured 320 exhibitor firms from export-ready food and beverage, local delicacies, franchising opportunities, and equipment, packaging and food technology solutions.

Co-presented by the Department of Agriculture, the Expo also featured the DA’s key programs through a pavilion exhibit representing the best farm produce from across the country’s different regional field offices.

Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. at the DA regional field office 12 booth.

Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. said the partnership between the Department and Philfoodex through the Expo has been a vital avenue in providing farmers and agri-based entrepreneurs a platform to sell their products and network with buyers, suppliers and other stakeholders.

He said that the Department also put the spotlight on the Young Farmers Challenge, a program which seeks to challenge the youth to engage in agriculture-related careers and empower young agriculturists to take active roles in the government’s food security thrust.

VIPs at the 16th Philippine Food Expo opening

Other key personalities at the opening ceremonies included Senator Cynthia Villar, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Cristina Roque, and Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Ferdinand Jumapao, whose agencies are main supporters of the exhibition.

The DTI is the lead government agency in the successful One Town, One Product (OTOP) which displays processed local farm and fishery produce, while the DOT is in charge of culinary tourism which highlights native dishes, farm-to-table food and beverage, and value-added pasalubong items.

Philfoodex president Ruben See, a leading exporter of banana chips.

Founded in 1986, Philfoodex is the country’s leading food association with around 250 members, and is recognized by the business sector and the government as the voice of food manufacturers and exporters.

Dubbed as the country’s leading all-Filipino food and beverage show, this is the second edition in the post-pandemic era, which provided a comprehensive platform for business-to-business, and business-to-consumers transactions.

Visitors who flocked to the event were treated to student culinary competitions, live cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, product demos, interactive workshops and seminars, and product samplings, among others.

Mango exporter Hi-Las Marketing Corp.

Organized by Cut Unlimited as exhibitions manager, the Expo is also backed by the Export Development Council, Philippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport), and the UnionBank of the Philippines.

Philfoodex also renewed its partnership with UnionBank to boost local micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) who took part in the Expo. With the partnership, local food processors, exporters and MSMEs were able to access a wide range of online banking services which will enhance their competitiveness by helping them adapt to the local and global market trends.