• 25 PHL food brands net $83.2-million export sales at Dubai food show

      18 March 2019 Published also in Business Mirror TWENTY-FIVE Philippine companies bagged more than $83 million of export sales from over 1,163 foreign buyers when the country joined Gulfood at the Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from February 17 to 21, 2019. Led by the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), the 25 local food producers and manufacturers showcased the country’s top halal-certified food selections in the country’s 14th participation in the event. “Our country’s tropical selections once again delighted the palate of buyers across the globe under the Philippine pavilion in Gulfood, one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious events on food,” DTI-CITEM...

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    • PHL, Malaysia pursue cooperation on Halal, barter trade, bolstering BIMP-EAGA

      18 March 2019 Published also in Business Mirror TRADE Secretary Ramon M. Lopez pushed for greater bilateral cooperation on the area of barter trade between the Philippines and Malaysia during his dialogue with Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Ignatius Darell Leiking on March 8, 2019. The trade chief said the revival of the barter-trade system in Mindanao will support the promotion of the halal industry from both countries. The ministers also agreed to cooperate in strengthening the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Areas (BIMP-EAGA). “We should really make these areas of cooperation work to create and bring more economic activities to both Filipinos and Malaysians. The barter trade, as well as the BIMP-EAGA, will mean a lot to our...

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    • Export ready: Trade opportunity reports, business matching

      By John Derrick Anchinges | Export Assistance and Business Matching Division (EABMD) | DTI-Export Marketing Bureau 18 March 2019 Published also in Business Mirror WHETHER you are an overseas company looking to establish business relations with Philippine suppliers or a local exporter searching for buyers or clients abroad, the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) has you covered. EMB plays an indispensable role in empowering Philippine exporters by providing them the necessary platforms and tools that enable them to be part of the global supply chain. The EMB, mandated to oversee the development and promotion of Philippine exports, ensures that all programs, resources and initiatives offered by the government pertinent to the strategic expansion of...

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    • New US rules for food labeling to take effect in 2020

      By PhilExport News and Features 18 March 2019 Published also in Business Mirror  FILIPINO exporters of food and beverage products to the US are advised to make proactive efforts now to update their product labeling to ensure compliance with the new US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules and facilitate the entry of their goods. Finalized in May 2016, the new US FDA rules comprising formatting changes, updates to serving sizes, daily sizes, daily values and nutrient definitions will be effective on January 1, 2020, for large food businesses. Small businesses will have an additional year to comply. Large food firms are those grossing at least $10 million in annual sales. “Food labeling consists of several components. The earlier you begin, the more time you allot for the unexpected and...

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    • PHL tropical food takes center stage in Foodex Japan

      11 March 2019 Published also in Business Mirror SIXTEEN local companies showcased the best of Philippine food products in the 44th edition of International Food and Beverage Exhibition, popularly known as Foodex Japan. The event was held from March 5 to 8, 2019, at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Led by the Department of Trade and Industry-Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), the Philippine delegation showcased the country’s premier fruit selections and tropical products, as well as its processed derivatives and by-products. “Japan is one of our leading importers of Philippine fruits and other tropical products. We brought 16 Philippine companies to showcase these finest selections in Japan’s biggest food show,” DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline...

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