The Department of Trade and Industry’s Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) has confirmed that food manufacturers from the Philippines will head to Germany’s organic trade fair BioFach to promote their coconut products. The Philippines is the second-largest coconut producer, and is the number one supplier of coconut oil to Germany. More than half of Philippine export revenue from Germany in 2017 was generated by coconut oil.
Nine Philippine companies will exhibit at BioFach, the world’s largest trade fair for organic food and agriculture, on Feb. 12-15. The trade fair welcomed 51,500 visitors and buyers in 2019, with 3,273 exhibitors from 98 countries.
“We are kicking off our 2020 export promotion activities for the food industry with a comeback to the world’s leading platform for organic food in line with DTI’s renewed thrust in elevating the country’s globally competitive food products from the organic, healthy and natural segment,” DTI Undersecretary Abdulgani M. Macatoman said in the statement.
Six of the Philippine companies attending the trade fair next year are coconut producers or manufacturers. The companies will be showcasing virgin coconut oil (VCO), medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) oil, coconut water, coconut sap, vinegar and vinaigrette, coco syrup, sugar and flour, desiccated coconut, coconut cream and coco crisps. The Philippine pavilion will also feature banana chips, cacao chips and muscovado sugar.