Thirteen-strong delegation of Filipino food companies led by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) will participate in the Gulfood Hotel and Equipment Exhibition and Salon Culinaire (Gulfood) 2021, which will happen in Dubai from February 21 to 25 at the Dubai World Trade Center.

Gulfood is one of the world’s biggest fairs for food and hospitality. 

Under the FoodPhilippines banner, the 13 food export companies headed to Dubai include Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures, Inc., Century Pacific Food, Inc., Doxo Trading, Federation of Peoples’ Sustainable Development Cooperative (FPSDC), JNRM Corporation, MagicMelt Foods Corp., Market Reach International Resources, Mega Global Corporation, Philippine Grocers Food Exports, Inc., Profood International Corporation, Sandpiper Spices and Condiments Corporation/Mama Sita’s, SL Agritech Corporation, and Super Q. 

These companies offer hearty, diverse, and halal-certified selections that are export-ready. Their products, which deliver consistent product quality, represent the best of Philippine food manufacturing and processing, according to CITEM. 

The Philippines’ institutional participation in Gulfood will feature halal-certified products with QR codes that interested buyers could scan to navigate toward the exhibitors’ inboxes, according to Pauline Suaco-Juan, executive director of CITEM. 

CITEM is the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The FoodPhilippines pavilion will be manned by the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) Dubai team.

To build on the momentum created by the Philippine delegation, CITEM and PTIC-Dubai will facilitate an extensive business-to-business (B2B) event between exhibitors and prospective buyers on March 14-16 March, after the Gulfood event. 

The FoodPhilippines pavilion will feature well-loved Pinoy products such as coconut water by Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures, Inc., canned tuna by Century Pacific Food, Inc., canned sardines by Mega Global Corporation, various branded goods by Philippine Grocers Food Exports, Inc, and special Filipino bread by MagicMelt Food Corp. 

As one of the world’s leading exporters and producers of several tropical fruits such as pineapples, coconuts, and mangoes, the Philippines has also become fertile ground for the production of premium fruit products, as evidenced by Doxo Trading, Market Reach International Resources, and Profood International Corporation. These companies will showcase distinctly Pinoy pineapple juice and global favorite dried mangoes, and other products. 

Rice, a Filipino dining staple, will also come in various iterations through the Philippines’ leading manufacturer of premium rice, SL Agritech Corporation, as well as through delectable rice cake snacks by JNRM Corporation and FPSDC’s selections of black, pink, brown, and red rice.  

Pioneering brands Mama Sita’s (under Sandpiper Spices and Condiments Corporation) will showcase its mixes and sauces accompanied by heirloom Filipino recipes, as well as Super Q, which transformed the Philippine noodle industry with its quality wheat-based noodles bihon, pancit canton, and palabok

“It’s all systems go for our ongoing efforts to promote our choicest halal-certified food products, particularly in the Middle East and North American region,” DTI Secretary for the Trade Promotions Group (TPG) Abdulgani Macatoman said. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our homegrown flavors, exemplifying the diversity that discerning taste buds all over the world know and love.”