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Int’l, PH firms urged to tap growing global food markets at IFEX Philippines 2019

 

 

Trade buyers and visitors flock toward international and local exhibitors in the last edition of IFEX Philippines

International and local companies are invited to explore the growing market for quality food exports in the13th edition of the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines which will be held from May 24 to 26  at the World Trade Center (WTC)  in Pasay City.

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

Starting 2018, IFEX Philippines has become an annual event for more opportunities for international and local companies to tap the rising global demand for premium and quality food products from different regions across the globe, including North and South America, Europe, East Asia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia and many more.

The three-day event will cover 12 different food sectors namely (1) seafood and marine products; (2) alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; (3) coffee, herbal teas and cocoa; (4) fresh and processed seafood; (5) fruits and vegetables; (6) grains and cereals; (7) herbs and spices; (8) meat and poultry; (9) natural, healthy and organic products; (10) bakery and confectionery; (11) specialty, ethnic and gourmet products; and (12) other allied industries.

According to DTI-CITEM, individual exhibitors who participated in IFEX Philippines 2018 can avail of a loyalty discount. This discount excludes exhibitors or companies under group or regional participation.

In the previous edition of IFEX Philippines, DTI-CITEM surpassed its targets with over USD 256 million worth of export and domestic sales from 513 international and local exhibitors.

Among 12 product sectors in the event, natural and organic products emerged as the best-selling category which generated USD 29.9 million worth of sales. It was followed by fine food and specialties (USD 29M); fresh and processed fruits and vegetables (USD 22.6M); grains and cereals (USD 12.9M); and beverages (USD 8.55M).

The top five country origin of Very Important Buyers (VIBs) in the event came from Japan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), China, Qatar and the United States, respectively.

Those who are interested to join IFEX Philippines 2019 can contact the Project Officer-Lead for Exhibitor Campaign, Zhary S. Bagayas, via e-mail at zbagayas@citem.com.ph.

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