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London, United Kingdom – Philippine flavors find their way again to the UK’s Great Taste Awards as eight Philippine-made products are recognized as winners this year, with pili nut snacks receiving the highest three-star rating.

Subic Superfood’s Mount Mayon Premium Pili Nuts Kyoto Matcha and Kerala Coconut Curry both received three stars and its Natural Pili Butter, a one-star rating. The pili nuts are harvested at the foot of Mt. Mayon in Albay and undergo a 17-step sprouting and SloDry technique to help retain the maximum flavor and nutrients.

Last year, Mount Mayon Premium Pili Nuts Ecuadorian Cacao received the award ‘Golden Fork for Best Imported Food’ and was crowned the ‘Supreme Champion’ – the ultimate title at the Great Taste Awards and a first for the country.

Philippine chocolate products again continued their winning streak as two Davao-based companies received recognitions. Malagos Agri-Ventures Corp. earned a star rating each for its 65% Dark Chocolate and 72% Dark Chocolate. Another chocolate producer, MS3 Agri-Ventures, received one star for its 75% Dark Chocolate and Sweetened Superfoods – NutriNibs.

 

New to the Great Taste Awards is Swiss-Filipino start-up social company, Saganà Association, whose Undiluted 100% Coconut Blossom Nectar received a two-star rating. The coconut sweetener serves as a healthier natural alternative and is also sourced from Davao, in the southern part of the country.

The annual Great Taste Awards, hosted by The Guild of Fine Foods, is one of the UK's largest and most prestigious awards for the most exquisite tasting food and drink. This year, nearly 13,000 products were entered and then judged, which involved a rigorous blind-tasting on texture, appearance, quality ingredients and above all, great taste.

The products awarded are featured at this year’s Specialty and Fine Foods Show on 01 to 03 September 2019 at Olympia London. This leading showcase of fine food and drink in the UK is organized by Fresh Montgomery.

GREAT TASTE AWARDS 2019

Company

Product

Award

MALAGOS AGRI-VENTURES CORPORATION

Malagos 65% Dark Chocolate

1 star

Malagos 72% Dark Chocolate

1 star

MS3 AGRI-VENTURES

MS3 75% Dark Chocolate

1 star

MS3 Sweetened Superfoods - NutriNibs

1 star

SAGANÀ Association

SAGANÀ Coconut Sweetener

2 star

SUBIC SUPERFOOD INC

Mount Mayon Premium Pili Nuts Kyoto Matcha

3 star

Mount Mayon Premium Pili Nuts Kerala Coconut Curry

3 star

Mount Mayon Premium Natural Pili Butter

1 star


Photo credit: Malagos Agri-Ventures Corporation, Mount Mayong Pili Nuts, MS3 Agri-Ventures, and Saganà Association
For more info on Great Taste Awards, visit https://greattasteawards.co.uk/2019-winners/ 

Date of Release: 29 August 2019

 

London, United Kingdom – Once again, Philippine chocolates prove to be among the best in the world as 26 of our products garnered awards in the 11th Academy of Chocolate (AOC) Annual Awards.

Philippine chocolate makers have been successful at AOC since 2015. This year, local chocolatiers, Auro Chocolate, Dalareich Food Products, Malagos Agri-Ventures Corporation, MS3 Agri-Ventures, and Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates brought victory to the country by besting over 1,000 entries from different producers across the globe.

Bohol’s Dalareich Food Products and Davao’s Auro Chocolate jointly attained the highest prize, marking it the first Gold Awards for the Philippines, in the ‘Drinking Chocolate (Plain, For Milk-Based Drinks)’ category.

Philippine cacao beans also received high recognitions under the ‘Dark Bean to Bar’ and ‘Milk Chocolate Bean to Bar’ categories.

The AOC was founded in 2005 by Britain’s leading chocolate professionals and it promotes a greater awareness of fine chocolates available in the market. For this year’s awards, more than 100 expert judges made up the panel, including top chocolatiers and some of the UK’s most prominent food writers and bloggers.

Accepting the awards on behalf of the Philippine companies were Philippine Embassy’s Economic Officer, Vice Consul Bea Martinez, and Kristine Nobleza of the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre London.

Dalareich Food Products receives their Gold Award at the 2019 Academy of Chocolate Awards ceremony

 

Dalareich Food Products, whose 100% Pure Unsweetened Chocolate won a Gold Award, together with Philippine Embassy - London’s Vice Consul Bea Martinez

 

Vice Consul Bea Martinez accepting the awards of MS3 Agri-Ventures on their behalf 

 

ACADEMY OF CHOCOLATES AWARDS 2019

(Philippine Chocolate Products)

Brand

Category

Product

Award

AURO CHOCOLATES

Drinking Chocolate (Plain, For Milk-Based Drinks)

100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate

Gold

Tree to Bar (Unflavoured)

70% Dark Chocolate — Saloy Origin

Silver

Tree to Bar (Unflavoured)

70% Dark Chocolate — Tupi Origin

Silver

Tree to Bar (Unflavoured)

70% Dark Chocolate — Paquibato Origin

Bronze

Dark Bean to Bar (Seasoned)

64% Dark Chocolate w/ Cacao Nibs

Bronze

Milk Chocolate Bean to Bar (Flavoured)

42% Milk Chocolate w/ Cacao Nibs

Bronze

White Chocolate Bean to Bar (Flavoured)

32% Mango White Chocolate with Pili Nut

Bronze

White Chocolate Bean to Bar (Flavoured)

32% Moringa White Chocolate with Pinipig

Bronze

Chocolate Spreads

Roasted White Chocolate with Cashew Spread

Bronze

Packaging

Bar Wrappers

Bronze

DALAREICH FOOD PRODUCTS

Drinking Chocolate (Plain, For Milk-Based Drinks)

Dalareich 100% Unsweetened Chocolate 

Gold

MALAGOS AGRI-VENTURES CORPORATION

Tree to Bar (Unflavoured)

72% Dark Chocolate - Heirloom HCP16

Bronze

Filled Chocolates (Individual Truffle - Dark or Milk)

72% Dark Chocolate Ganache

Bronze

Filled Chocolates (Panned/Enrobed Fruit and Nuts)

Almonds in Couverture Dark Chocolate

Bronze

Filled Chocolates (Alcohol-Flavoured Ganache)

Rum Praline

Bronze

Drinking Chocolate (Plain, For Milk-Based Drinks)

100% Unsweetened Chocolate

Bronze

MS3 AGRI-VENTURES

Drinking Chocolate (Flavoured)

MS3 BONCHOC with Cashew and Coffee Granules

Silver

Drinking Chocolate (Plain, For Water Emulsion)

MS3 100% Dark Chocolate Cacao Tablet

Bronze

Dark Bean to Bar (Flavoured)

MS3 BONCHOC with Cashew and Coffee Granules

Bronze

THEO AND PHILO ARTISAN CHOCOLATE

Drinking Chocolate (Plain, For Water Emulsion)

Dark Hot Chocolate

Silver

Drinking Chocolate (Plain, For Milk-Based Drinks)

Dark Hot Chocolate

Bronze

Dark Bean to Bar (Flavoured)

65% Dark Chocolate with Black Sesame, Cashew & Pili

Bronze

Dark Bean to Bar (Flavoured)

65% Dark Chocolate with Green Mango & Salt

Bronze

Dark Bean to Bar (Flavoured)

65% Dark Chocolate with Labuyo

Bronze

Milk Bean to Bar (Flavoured)

Milk Chocolate Adobo

Bronze

Milk Bean to Bar (Flavoured)

Milk Chocolate with Pili Nuts & Pinipig

Bronze

 

 

 

 

Others:

 

 

 

Luisa's Vegan Chocolates*

Dark Bean to Bar (90% and Above Cocoa Solids)

Philippines 92%

Gold

Duffy's Chocolate*

Dark Bean to Bar (Below 90% Cocoa Solids)

Duffy's Philippine South Cotabato 70%

Bronze

 

 

 

 

Commendations:

 

 

 

Auro Chocolates

 

Drinking Chocolate (Plain, For Water Emulsion)

70% Dark Chocolate — Saloy Origin

Commended

Filled Chocolates (Panned/Enrobed Fruit and Nuts)

36% White Chocolate Covered Freeze Dried Pineapple

Commended

Dalareich Food Products

Drinking Chocolate (Plain, For Water Emulsion)

Dalareich 100% Unsweetened Chocolate

Commended

Malagos Agri-Ventures Corporation

Tree to Bar (Unflavoured)

72% Dark Chocolate

Commended

Tree to Bar (Unflavoured)

65% Dark Chocolate

Commended

Filled Chocolates (Panned/Enrobed Fruit and Nuts)

Dried Guyabano in Couverture Dark Chocolate

Commended

Filled Chocolates (Panned/Enrobed Fruit and Nuts)

Roasted Cocoa Nibs in Couverture Dark Chocolate

Commended

Theo and Philo Artisan Chocolate

Dark Bean to Bar (Flavoured)

65% Dark Chocolate with Calamansi

Commended

Milk Chocolate Bean to Bar

44% Milk Chocolate

Commended

Milk Bean to Bar (Flavoured)

Milk Chocolate Turon

Commended

Pangea Chocolate*

Dark Bean to Bar (Below 90% Cocoa Solids)

Philippines- South Cotabato 76%

Commended

Fu Wan Chocolate*

Dark Bean to Bar (Below 90% Cocoa Solids)

Philippines 85%

Commended

Firetree Chocolate Limited*

Dark Bean to Bar (Below 90% Cocoa Solids)

Philippines 74%

Commended

Lemuel Chocolate*

Milk Chocolate Bean to Bar

60% Philippines Dark Milk

Commended

*Refers to non-Philippine companies whose cacao beans are sourced from the Philippines

Date of Release: 1 August 2019

The Foreign Trade Service Officers successfully conducted their regional planning consecutively held from 03-13 December 2018 to discuss and review strategies in promoting Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) goes Global program for overseas Filipinos, Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP), and the country’s Investment Priorities Plan to improve the Philippines’ trade relations and increase investments for the year 2019 onward, among others.

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Date of Release: December 2018

London, United Kingdom – Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez headlined the ‘Kapihan sa Pasuguan’ at the Philippine Embassy in London on 22 September 2018. The Secretary related the Philippines’ economic growth to the audience composed of FilCom leaders, Filipino business executives and young professionals in the United Kingdom.

Secretary Ramon M. Lopez speaks to an audience of Filipino community leaders and businessmen

 

Left to right: Consul Rommel Romato, Undersecretary Rowel Barba, PFA President Richard Sanz, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo, PFA Chairman Dr. Alan Escalona, PFA Director for ASEAN Chris Lim, Commercial Counsellor Michelle Fatima Sanchez, and Consul General Senen Mangalile

In the event dubbed ‘Usapang Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan’ (A Conversation about Employment, Business and Livelihood), Secretary Lopez also presented success stories of small enterprises to encourage and inspire the community to invest in the Philippines and be part of its continuous growth.

Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) officers were present to provide practical insights on the franchising industry and joined Secretary Lopez in the panel discussion and Q&A. PFA President Richard Sanz presented the opportunities and advantages of franchising in the Philippines, while PFA Director Chris Lim illustrated some of the trends in the franchise industry and examples of investment packages available for Filipinos abroad.

PFA President Richard Sanz talks about franchising in the Philippines

 

PFA Director Chris Lim gives a briefer on how to invest in the right franchise

 

PFA Chairman Dr. Alan Escalona answers a question from the audience

Homegrown fast-food chain and now global brand, Jollibee, also surprised the guests to a taste of the first ever Chicken Joy to be served in the UK. Jollibee’s Market Head for Europe, Rodel Alcantara, participated as a special guest and officially announced that Jollibee will be opening its first store in the UK on Earls Court Road in London on 20 October 2018. Jollibee is on an aggressive expansion to overseas markets, placing it on the path to becoming one of the top 5 fast food companies globally.♦

Jollibee Market Head for Europe Rodel Alcantara announces Jollibee UK store’s opening on October 2018

 

Jollibee brings buckets of JOY to the UK, with their trademark fried chicken recipe

Date of Release: 2 October 2018

 

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