Philfood Expo, April 28-30

After being put on hold by the devastating corona virus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Philippine Food Expo is back.                        

The 15th staging of the country’s only All-Filipino Food Show on April 28-30 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City is expected to be bigger and more diverse.

Over 300 micro, small, medium enterprises (MSMEs) and exporters involved in food manufacturing, growing, export, equipment, packaging, ingredients, additives and allied services and industries are participating in the biennial event organized by the Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization (Philfoodex), Inc.

Also to be featured are handling, labeling and processing equipment, kitchen fittings and accessories, refrigeration facilities, silverware and glassware, as well as bar coding, distribution management, food safety and hygiene, and test and instrumentation companies.

Philfoodex president Ruben See said the expo would aim “to regain its global competitiveness in the post-pandemic era by providing a one-stop shop and enabling a platform for buyers, sellers and other stakeholders in the food industry”.

He said new home-grown MSMEs born during the pandemic would be exhibiting for the first time to expand their market reach.

See said, “The demand for new food products and technologies in Southeast Asia has increased exponentially, which local manufacturers must be able to meet. In line with this, we are working out measures to improve our exports and manufacturing sector by partnering with other Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries for the steady supply of raw materials.” See’s International Food Manufacturing Corporation is a leading banana chips producer and exporter.

In addition to the exhibits, seminars on investment and food security will also be held throughout the event to help MSMEs improve their products and optimize business opportunities.    

Also to be featured is the Culinary Challenge, which will showcase the skills of students and teachers in food styling and photography, Philippine regional table setting, Kitchen Masters, PINASarap breakfast, healthy pasta, modern Filipino dessert, and mystery ingredients.

Community members at the barangay-level will participate in the special category, Mother’s Specialty Dish.

Another feature is the Young Farmers Challenge Program, which engages young farmers and fisherfolk in the national thrust for food security and agricultural modernization.

Supported by the Department of Agriculture, the event is part of the observance of Filipino Food Month, an annual celebration of the country’s culinary traditions and treasures. It is endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education. This year the University of Santo Tomas is the event’s official partner school.

Also supporting Philippine Food Expo are the Department of Trade and Industry, Union Bank of the Philippines, Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc., Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association, Hotel and Restaurant Chefs’ Association of the Philippines, and the Food Caterers Association of the Philippines.

Visit www.phillippinefoodexpo.ph, follow its Facebook page,  search #philippinefoodexpo2023 on social media, or contact event manager Cut Unlimited at (02) 8363-5192, 8363 4900, 8362 2266 or cut.eventsph@gmail.com

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