A ‘Great American Barbecue’ in the PH

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(From left) Local importers from Dane International Commodities Elaine Gatchalian and Aida Garcia, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, Kathy Santos of Happy Living Philippines Corp., and Vicky Choi of ESV International Corp.

(From left) Local importers from Dane International Commodities Elaine Gatchalian and Aida Garcia, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, Kathy Santos of Happy Living Philippines Corp., and Vicky Choi of ESV International Corp.

The US Embassy Manila Chief of Mission’s Residence opened its doors for “The Great American Barbeque” trade reception event, which showcased the variety and quality of the United States’ food and beverage exports to the Philippines.

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In his welcome remarks, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg said that the event was a celebration of the trade relationship between the Philippines and the United States in agricultural products. Those trade ties reached a record-high of almost $4 billion in 2014. The Ambassador pointed out the “power and benefits of trade,” and he noted that the United States is both the number one supplier and customer of agricultural products to the Philippines.

Fine US food on the menu included Cajun chicken fajitas, mini-cream cheese burgers, seafood kebabs, US baked ham, roast US Angus corned beef, coleslaw, corn on the cob, baked beans, a US mashed potatoes bar, and a make-your-own-s’mores dessert station. For added American style, the dishes were enhanced by a range of fine US red and white wines, craft beers, and sodas.

The event was carried out in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) in Manila and US industry trade groups, US exporters and local partners, including the US Meat Export Federation, Cargill Meat Solutions, Alternatives Food, Bestworld Beverage Brands, Bugle Boy Distributors, Composite Enterprise Group, Dane International Commodities, Emperador Distillers, Global Beer Exchange, Happy Living Philippines, Ideal Macaroni and Spaghetti Factory, Link Import Export Enterprise, Mix Plant, PTC Commercial and ESV International, and RAM Food Products.

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