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By Alithea De Jesus

The Philippine companies that joined the three-day global showcase of organic food products were delighted to see the growing interest in products from the Philippines.

While done virtually, the online meetings and chats with exhibitors via the Biofach platform resulted in a total of 58 new buyers and 59 inquiries for the Philippine delegation. 

Companies that took part are AG Pacific Nutriceuticals; Filipinas Organic Coconut Product Corp.; Pasiolco Agri-Ventures; and Tongsan Industrial Development Corporation built export momentum for the ever-strong Philippine food industry.  

To date, the Philippine delegation has also accumulated an estimated PHP31M in negotiated sales, with refined, bleached, and deodorized (RBD) coconut oil emerging as the top-selling product under the FOODPhilippines banner.  

RBD coconut oil was also the top-selling Philippine product during the 2020 edition of Biofach.  

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary for the Trade Promotions Group (TPG) Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman also recognized the export-promotion efforts of CITEM and PTIC. 

“The DTI congratulates CITEM and PTIC for flying the FOODPhilippines banner in the digital edition of Biofach,” Macatoman said. “The successful navigation of the global trade-show scene under the new normal is a commendable feat in itself, and is sure to set an example for other entrepreneurs and organizers here and abroad,” he added.  

The exhibitor list, accessible at biofach.de/en/exhibitor-list, will be live until September of this year.  

“CITEM and PTIC are optimistic that both sales and the international market’s appreciation of our distinct and organic Philippine food products will only continue to climb up as the foray of our local companies into the digital sphere progresses,” CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan expressed.  

Prior to staging a fully online edition, Biofach was held in Germany for the past 32 years, and continues to be among the leading trade fairs for organic food.  

The Philippine participation at Biofach is led by CITEM in coordination with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Berlin.

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