13 May 2019

Published also in Business Mirror

A GRAND showcase of the innovations and culinary techniques behind the country’s top agricultural export products will be a major highlight of IFEX Philippines from May 24 to 26, 2019, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

Presenting “NXTFOOD Asia,” IFEX Philippines is gearing up to showcase the innovative use and culinary applications of the country’s “Premium 7,” namely, coffee, cacao, coconut, mango, pineapple, banana and tuna.

Ifex Philippines is the country’s biggest and most respected business-to-business (B2B) event for Asian food and ingredients organized by the Philippines’s Department of Trade and Industry through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM).

“There will be a gustatory fête of the country’s Premium 7 commodities which have been leading Philippine food exports for the longest time,” DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan said. “We are showcasing only the best in IFEX Philippines and buyers can expect to see the finest agricultural products the Philippines has to offer.”

“Through this showcase of what’s next in Asian food, we want the global buyers to experience the Filipino food innovations that are being done with these commodities and see how they can use these products in the dishes in their respective countries,” she added.

The three-day event will also spotlight the roster of the Philippines’s “Rising Food Stars,” which include heirloom rice, calamansi, ube, pili nut, turmeric, moringa or malunggay, muscovado sugar, tamarind, dalandan and a selection of Philippine wines and spirits.

The country’s sauces and condiments will also be featured in the event. These include coco aminos, sarsa, fish sauce or patis, chili sauces, crab fat or aligue, shrimp paste or bagoong, sukang maasim, sukang tuba, sukang pinakurat, sukang iloko and balsamic vinegar, among other products.

“To further highlight the Premium 7 and the Rising Food Stars, Ifex Philippines is gearing up for a delectable and sumptuous culinary showcase of the promising export products in the country as it sets the stage for the future of food in Asia,” Suaco-Juan said.