Nine companies from the Philippines will join the 31st edition of Biofach, one of the world’s biggest trade fairs for organic food in Nuremberg, Germany. They will showcase their selected organically produced food at the said event on February 12-15, 2020.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will lead the delegation through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), in partnership with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Berlin.
The representatives of the Philippines, collectively known as Food Philippines, will be composed of local manufacturers and producers AG Pacific Nutriceuticals Corporation, Brandexports Philippines, Cardinal Agri Products, CJ Uniworld Corporation, Filipinas Organic Coconut Product Corp., Lao Integrated Farms Inc., See’s International, Raw Brown Sugar Milling Co., Inc. and Tongsan Industrial Development Corporation.
Under the theme “A Bounty of Flavors,” Food Philippines will showcase various coconut products such as virgin coconut oil (VCO), medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) oil, coconut water, coconut sap, vinegar and vinaigrette, coco syrup, sugar and flour, desiccated coconut, coconut cream and coco crisps. Other varieties of food that will be featured are banana chips, cacao chips, and muscovado sugar.
According to Abdulgani Macatoman, DTI Undersecretary for the Trade Promotion Group, one of their goals is to showcase agricultural provenance and its relevance in developing flavorful Filipino products. For instance, lakes and seas near Laguna and Quezon improve the taste of coconut water. While tropical conditions in Cebu, Bukidnon, and Davao are suitable for growing varieties of mango, pineapple, and banana that makes them more tasty.
Aside from targeting corporate buyers, they are also eyeing people who buy organic products for various reasons such as healthy lifestyle, food safety concerns, animal welfare, sustainability, quality and perceived taste, and innovative packaging.
The exhibit will target “regular buyers” and “light buyers.” Regular buyers are those who have been committed to buying organic products for decades. Environmentalists, nature lovers, and socially conscious people are usually part of this group. Light buyers fall under the category of double-income-no-kid households, older people aged 50-70, and people who usually seek new trends.
Macatoman guaranteed that all organic food that will be exhibited are certified by European Union (EU) Organic Regulation and have passed the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) accreditation guidelines.