The European Chamber of Commerce (ECCP) said that it is bringing 22 Philippine com-panies to this year’s Anuga FoodTec, an annual food fair organized in Germany that features products related to food and beverage engin-eering, packaging, safety and technology.
In cooperation with the Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Agriculture (DA), the ECCP through its Fair and More Inc. will bring the companies to the fair, saying that this will allow the Philippines to get a bigger share of Europe’s annual $9.5-billion organic food market.
Henry Schumacher, ECCP vice president for External Affairs, said that the European market is ideal for the Philippines, noting the rapid increase in demand for organic products by Europe.
“From supermarkets to butcher shops and bakeries, there is now a very strong demand for organic fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meats. Most of them are the very same products the country is looking forward to export,” he said.
Besides organic products, the ECCP also said that it sees a lot of potential for the Philippines to export energy drinks and coconut water to Europe.
“The trend in energy drinks in Europe is to now have coconut water as one of its key com-ponent. Again, the Philip-pines is in a good position to supply coconut water to them,” said Schumacher.
The ECCP said that the Philippines will have its own pavilion at the fair’s Fine Food Section, which will be led by the DTI’s Center for In-ternational Trade Expositions and Missions and DA’s Agri-business and Marketing Assis-tance Service.
The Philippine companies that will be joining the fair include Alliance Select Foods International Inc., Andy Albao Enterprise, B-G Fruits and Nuts Manufacturing Corp., Brand-exports Philippines Inc., Celebes Canning Corp., Ce-lebes Coconut Corp., Fitrite Inc., GSL Premium Food Export Corp., KSK Food Prod., Linkage Foods Venture Corp., M. Lhuillier Food Products, Mega Fishing Corp., Miesto International Foods Corp., Monde M.Y. San Corp., Phil-best Canning Corp., Philfresh Corp., Philippine Grocers Food Exports Inc., Prime Fruits International Inc., Primex Group of Companies Philip-pines, Q-Phil Prod. Inter-national, Raw Brown Sugar Milling Co. Inc. and See’s Int. Food Mfg. Corp.
“Germany and France alone represents two of the three biggest markets for organic products in the world. The presence in Anuga is a step in the right direction for the country,” said Schumacher.
First held in 1996, the Anuga FoodTec is organized yearly. In 2012, the number of exhibitors grew to 1,289 from 1,171 in 2011, while the number of participating countries increased to 41 from 39 during the same period.