Seventeen Philippine exhibitors showcased organic products – virgin coconut oil, coconut sugar and sap sugar, rice, sweeteners; fresh produce and seafood; and chocolates at the recent Food&HotelAsia (FHA) 2016 in Singapore Expo. FoodPhilippines was a display of some of the finest in Philippine produce, having undergone stringent selection process and compliant with global packaging, labeling and food security requirements. These have also passed food certifications such as Halal, ISO, USDA Organic and Japanese Agricultural Standard.
According to the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA), the Philippines ranks fourth in Asia in terms of land devoted to organic agriculture with 101,278 hectares of organic farms. Singapore’s demand for organic and healthy food is flourishing making it an important market for the Philippines.
A smorgasbord of the best natural produce from Region 12 or SoCCSKSarGen in Central Mindanao were available as well for visitors to sample, including banana, mango, papaya and pomelo. Other products featured were avocado, pineapple, asparagus, coconut and coconut-based products, banana and sweet potato chips, dried mangoes, honey cured vinegar, fruit juice and canned tuna.Continue reading