With the globalization of the food trade, the challenge of keeping up with the changes in consumption and demand due to economic growth rises apace.

The 14th Philippine Food Expo, the country’s “Only All-Filipino Food Show,” which has been set for April 20-22 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, tackles this with the theme “Emerging Trends in Food Trade.” It will gather some 300 leading firms involved in food manufacture, growing, export, equipment, packaging, ingredients, and additives.

According to Philfoodex president Roberto Amores, the rise in spending power in countries in the Asean region results in a greater demand for a variety of new diets which are nutritious and affordable. He added that the Philippine Food Expo will help its members become more competitive in facing the challenges that the Asean Economic Community might present.

Just like in previous editions, the event will be an excellent venue for business matching between and among suppliers and food processors across the country. Seminars to be given during the event include ASPIRE for Agripreneurs: agribusiness support for investments promotion in regional expositions, franchising opportunities, application of the TRAIN Law to the food industry, and the impact of DOST Set Up Programs on SME adaptors.

Other topics include trends and business opportunities in the Asean food and beverage industry, threats to food business, financial assistance for SMEs, productivity and innovation, adapting GS1 barcodes, renewable energy, and packaging and logistics services.

(Philexport), the Deparment of Agriculture, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Export Marketing Bureau, the expo will also include the Choco, Coffee and Tea Festival. This side event is a display of concoctions of a variety of brews and blends, and will feature a culinary showdown for college students and faculty, and a barista challenge.

The Philippine Food Expo is a must-visit event for everyone, from the everyday Filipino consumer to international traders and importers of food products. The three-day event Expo is organized by the Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization (Philfoodex) Inc.

For details, visit www.phillippinefoodexpo.com, or contact Cut Unlimited at (02) 372-7023 to 25 and info@eventsbycut.com.

This appeared without a byline in Agriculture Monthly’s April 2018 issue.