Mama Sita's is popular for its Filipino sauces and mixes.


Philippine food export companies head to Dubai for Gulfood 2021


DUBAI – Thirteen food companies from the Philippines are heading to Dubai to showcase what the Asian country has to offer for Gulfood 2021.

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), will lead the 13-strong delegation under the FoodPhilippines banner for Gulfood.

Gulfood runs from February 21 to 25 at Sheikh Rashid Hall R172 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan said that the Philippines will showcase halal-certified products.

“It’s all systems go for our ongoing efforts to promote our choicest halal-certified food products, particularly in the Middle East and North American region,” said DTI Secretary for Trade Promotions Group Abdulgani Macatoman. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our homegrown flavors, exemplifying the diversity that discerning taste buds all over the world know and love,” he added.

The FoodPhilippines pavilion will be manned by the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) Dubai team.

To build on the momentum created by the Philippine delegation, CITEM and PTIC Dubai will facilitate an extensive business-to-business event between exhibitors and prospective buyers from March 14 to 16.

The food export companies showcasing their products in Dubai are: Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures, Inc.; Century Pacific Food, Inc.; Doxo Trading; Federation of Peoples’ Sustainable Development Cooperative (FPSDC); JNRM Corporation; MagicMelt Foods Corp.; Market Reach International Resources; Mega Global Corporation; Philippine Grocers Food Exports, Inc.; Profood International Corporation; Sandpiper Spices and Condiments Corporation/Mama Sita’s; SL Agritech Corporation; and Super Q.

According to DTI, the companies offer hearty, diverse, and halal-certified selections and are export-ready to represent the best of Philippine food manufacturing and processing.

The FoodPhilippines pavilion will feature well-loved Pinoy products such as coconut water by Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures, Inc.; canned tuna by Century Pacific Food, Inc.; canned sardines by Mega Global Corporation; various branded goods by Philippine Grocers Food Exports, Inc; and special Filipino breads by MagicMelt Food Corp.

As one of the world’s leading exporters and producers of several tropical fruits such as pineapples, coconuts, and mangoes, the Philippines has also become fertile ground for the production of premium fruit products.

The companies will be bringing in, among others, distinctly Pinoy pineapple juice and global favorite dried mangoes.

Rice, a Filipino dining staple, will also come in various iterations through the Philippines’ leading manufacturer of premium rice, SL Agritech Corporation, as well as through delectable rice cake snacks by JNRM Corporation and FPSDC’s selections of black, pink, brown, and red rice.

Rounding out the Philippine delegation are pioneering brands Mama Sita’s, for its mixes and sauces accompanied by heirloom Filipino recipes, as well as Super Q, which transformed the Philippine noodle industry with its quality wheat-based noodles such as bihon, pancit canton, and palabok.

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