26 Aug PH GOES ORGANIC, SUSTAINABLE AT BIOFACH 2020
Philippine Ambassador to Germany Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega (front row, fifth from left) and Commercial Counsellor Althea Antonio join CITEM Officials and Philippine exhibitors at the Food Philippines Pavilion. (Photo courtesy of CITEM and Berlin PE)
BERLIN 02 March 2020 — The Philippines brought a delegation of organic food suppliers and companies to the BIOFACH 2020 trade show at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center in Germany from 12 to 16 February 2020.
One of the largest organic food trade shows in the world, BIOFACH places a strong emphasis on natural, organic and sustainable products, as well as showcasing trends in the BIO Food Movement in Europe.
Philippine Ambassador to Germany Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega, Deputy Consul General Emil Fernandez of the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt, and Commercial Counsellor Althea Antonio were present at the trade fair in support of Philippine exhibitors.
Among the products being promoted at the Food Philippines Pavilion organized by CITEM and the Department of Trade and Industry include coconut, banana, calamansi, mangoes, sugar, and other similar food items and ingredients. Among the most-sought after Philippine items were coconut based items, such as coconut oil and cocoa vinegar. Nine Philippine companies, AG Pacific Nutriceuticals, Brandexports Philippines, Cardinal Agri Products, CJ Uniworld Corporation, Filipinas Organic Coconut Product Corp, Lao Integrate Farms Inc, See’s International, Raw Brown Sugar Milling Co, Inc., and Tongsan Industrial Development Corp, were showcased at the Food Philippines Pavilion. Other Philippine companies like Primex and Celebes Coconut Corporation had separate booths at BIOFACH.
During the trade fair, Philippine exhibitors were likewise exposed to new trends in the Bio Food Industry as well as market movements. Europe, among other regions in the world, is leading the way towards a strong and sustained campaign for organic and sustainable products.
Aside from Philippine companies, a leading manufacturer of Bio food products Dr. Goerg GMBH which produces cocoa water and juice drinks, power bars, and bio spreads also had a strong Philippine component as its CEO and owner Mr. Manfred Goerg sources many of his ingredients including coconut water exclusively from the Philippines. His company likewise showcased their corporate social responsibility projects in the Philippines including organic farms organized with the Armed Forces of the Philippines for rebel returnees. END
Philippine Ambassador to Germany Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega (leftmost) and Commercial Counsellor Althea Antonio with Mr. Manfred Goerg and his team at BIOFACH. (Photo courtesy of CITEM and Berlin PE)
Samples of Philippine cocoa products at the Food Philippines Pavilion. (Photo courtesy of CITEM and Berlin PE)
Philippine Ambassador to Germany Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega and Commercial Counsellor Althea Antonio with Philippine companies Primex and Celebes Coconut Corporation at BIOFACH. (Photo courtesy of CITEM and Berlin PE)