PTIC-Taipei brings Taiwanese VIBs to IFEX Philippines

PTIC-Taipei sent a delegation of Very-Important-Buyers (VIBs) from Taiwan’s various food sectors to the 2013 International Food Exhibit (IFEX) held at the SMX Convention Center, Manilaon May 16 – 19, 2013.

The Taiwanese buyers / companies who comprised the delegation were Chyau-An Commerce Co. (canned marine products), V&T International Co., Ltd. (assorted grocery products), Cityqueen International Co., Ltd. (beverage and biscuits), Cuantoo Co., Ltd. (canned products and sauces), Yu Tai Co., Ltd. (beverage and biscuits), President Group-Dollars Outlet Mall (supermarket), Realism Food Ltd.(frozen products), Yan Yi International Co. (organize products and processed fruits), and Foodopia Co., Ltd (vegetable oils). Thirteen more Taiwanese companies, separately, also visited the show. Estimated IFEX-related negotiated and booked sales from the Taiwan buyers amounted to US$1.5 million.

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5 During the tradeshow, these Taiwanese VIBs had one-on-one meetings with Philippine exporters of snack foods, biscuits, tropical dried fruits and coconut products. 6 As part of the itinerary, the Taiwanese buyers delegation had a local supermarket tour to see the different Philippine product assortments and for possible inclusion in their mix in Taiwan. As shown in the photo above, one of the supermarkets they visited was Rustan’s Supermarket at Rockwell. After tour, the delegation proceeded to Kamayan Restaurant in Glorietta 3 to enjoy authentic Filipino cuisine.

Foundation Cafe

San Francisco, California- Reviving the Philippines’ golden years in the coffee industry got a kickstart at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco last 10 May 2013 with a Reception and coffee-tasting event.

Foundation Cafe, a family-owned business of the Sobrepenas located at 335 Kearny Street, spearheaded the event in coordination with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center - Silicon Valley.

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Melissa Sobrepena and children Andie, Martha, Katie, Philip, as well as, Executive Chef Consultant Alex Placencia worked together to not only serve San Francisco with gourmet farm to table breakfast and lunch, but now, also coffee that tastes good and helps develop the Philippine coffee industry and consequently, the community of Filipino coffee farmers.

Privately labeled “Foundation Coffee”, Foundation Cafe’s Philippine Arabica coffee is produced exclusively from the Philippine highlands of Northern Luzon and Mindanao wherein production also opens work opportunities to numerous farmers, most of whom comprise the Philippine indigenous tribes of the Ibaloi, Kankanaey, T’boli and the Talaandig.

Pierre Yves Cote, CEO of Foundation Cafe’s Philippine-based partner, Rocky Mountain Arabica Coffee Company (RMACC) was the keynote speaker at the event

When asked why he targeted the Bay Area community, Pierre, also a promoter of Philippine coffee for nearly 10 years, said that San Franciscans particularly are among America’s most sophisticated coffee drinkers, which the Philippine coffee industry can readily cater.

Philippine Arabica coffee is from premium coffee beans hand-picked from high altitude mountain ranges and processed using green technology to produce coffee that is strictly in compliance with standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).

For information regarding Philippine Coffee, please contact the Philippine Trade and Investment Center-Silicon Valley at (415) 773-2336 & (408) 980-9637 or email us at pdtisf@aol.com and ptic-sv@philippinecentersf.com.

Team Invest Philippines

Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary for Trade and Investment Promotions Group Ponciano C. Manalo Jr. (right) shares his insights with the members of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs), namely (from left) Roberto V. Garcia, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman and administrator, and Arnel Paciano Casanova, Esq., PIPP Chairman and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president and chief executive officer (CEO) during the Philippine Investment Promotion Plan (PIPP)

Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary for Trade and Investment Promotions Group Ponciano C. Manalo Jr. (right) shares his insights with the members of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs), namely (from left) Roberto V. Garcia, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman and administrator, and Arnel Paciano Casanova, Esq., PIPP Chairman and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president and chief executive officer (CEO) during the Philippine Investment Promotion Plan (PIPP)

Steering Committee Meeting held at the BCDA Conference Room, Bonifacio Global City. During this meeting, they have discussed the Philippine medium-term promotion activities, which aim to further enhance and develop priority sectors such as agro-industry, business process outsourcing (BPO), global electronics and semi-conductor, energy, logistics, mining, shipbuilding, and tourism. As a single force composed of IPAs, team invest Philippines encourages the global business community to invest in the Philippines where “business is more fun”. (DTI-PRO)