May 24, 2019

What To Expect in IFEX Philippines: NXTFOOD Asia This May 24-26

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  • If you thought that Filipino products such as coconut, banana, mango, pineapple, coffee beans, cacao, and tune have reached its best state as an export commodity, better think again because there is more to it than being the country’s top food exports.

    Guests and media were brought in a delectable 12-course gustatory journey into the islands of the Philippines as Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) together with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Agriculture (DA) hosted Merienda Cena, an exclusive media preview of IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD Asia 2019 last May 16.

    Dubbed as the country’s biggest and most respected business-to-business (B2B) event for Asian food and ingredients, this year’s IFEX Philippines will showcase Asian food featuring the latest food innovations, trends and best practices in the food industry with the participation of Asian food manufacturers, experts, culinary masters, enthusiasts and other stakeholders in the food world.

    The new much-awaited exhibit called ‘IFEX Degustacion: Islands on a Plate’ will also make a premier in the 13th edition of the trade event. The degustation menu will feature the country’s ‘Premium 7’—namely coffee, cacao, coconut, mango, pineapple, banana, and tuna— which are sourced from the central and southern Philippines to be incorporated in every dish and delicacy possible.

    According to DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan, IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD Asia seeks to answer the question “What’s NXT in the world of FOOD?” by giving exhibitors from the Philippines and beyond a platform to showcase premium food exports, emerging trends, best practices and industry innovations to the world’s biggest buyers.

    With the help of Via Mare’s Chef Bea Nitard’s culinary expertise, 12 uniquely-made degustation dishes were served to guests which showcase each of the Premium 7 ingredients. “To further highlight the Premium 7 and the Rising Food Stars, IFEX Philippines is gearing up for a delectable and sumptuous culinary showcase of the promising export products in the country as it sets the stage for the future of food in Asia,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

    (L-R) Chef Bea Nitard of Via Mare, DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan, and Via Mare founder Chef Glenda Barretto

    The 12-course IFEX Degustacion features different classic Filipino dishes given a unique twist using 7 top local food exports. Some of the dishes are the Open Faced Mango & Premium Red Tuna Salad with mango poppers, Batangas Turmeric Rice & Chicken Barbeque, Taba ng Talangka on Roasted Kinurat Rice, and Spicy Chocolate Ginger Bombs.

    Open Faced Mango & Premium Red Tuna Salad

    Batangas Turmeric Rice & Chicken Barbeque and Taba ng Talangka on Roasted Kinurat Rice

    Spicy Chocolate Ginger Bombs

    Also, there will be a beverage lane featuring Filipino home-grown beverages and top local brands, from the latest in fruit and vegetable-based alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to juices, wines, and spirits.

    Aside from the Islands on a Plate degustation exhibit, the three-day event will host an Asian Food ChampionsIFEX ConnectIFEX Food Export Seminar, and Food Philippineswhich shall be the premier venue for top Philippine food brands with a strong presence in the global food market.

    Discover a whole new way of bringing up the best of local food products featuring the country’s top food exports in this year’s IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD Asia 2019 happening on May 24 to 26, 2019 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

    For more information, visit their website or follow IFEX Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


    What: IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD Asia 2019
    Where: World Trade Center, Pasay City
    When: May 24 to 26, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    • For Trade Buyers
      24-26 May | All exhibit areas (Hall A, B, C, D, E – Retail Hall)
    • For Consumer and the General Public
      24 May | HALL D and E
      25-26 May | All exhibit areas (Halls A, B, C, D, E)
    • Ticket Prices:
      Trade Buyers – Free
      Government Employees – Free
      General Public/Visitors – Php 100
      Senior Citizens, Persons with Disability, Students (All Levels)  – Php 80

    Written by Deneca Ordinanza

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