Food Philippines brings social enterprises to 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 15, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Sixteen Philippine companies are participating in this year's Winter Fancy Food Show (WFFS) slated at the Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, January 17-19, the Philippine Trade and Investment Center Silicon Valley announced today. Each with an advocacy at the heart of its business, these companies bring with them narratives of the people, places, and practices incidental and instrumental to their production.

"What Food Philippines brings to WFFS are high quality products that contribute in sustaining and uplifting our country's social, cultural and environmental landscape," says Rosvi C. Gaetos, executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the organizer of the Philippine's annual participation.

"It is already recognized that specialty food from the Philippines are of premium quality-natural, healthy, and functional. However, our specialty food products go beyond texture and flavor, as they directly support special advocacies that promote job creation and inclusive growth in some of the Philippines' least developed areas, raise standards of living, promote the sustainable use of our natural resources and preserve Filipino food traditions while promoting the development of an expanded array of locally available food ingredients," explains Gaetos, underlining this year's theme of social responsibility for the Philippines' participation in the West Coast's largest specialty food and beverage event. The Philippines exported over USD4.5 billion worth of food and beverage products to the world in 2014.

The companies comprising this year's delegation to the WFF are Brandexports Philippines, Inc. / Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), featuring their coconut and mango vinegar, coco wine, fruit wine, among others; Citra Mina Canning Corporation, with their cooked loin and canned tuna products; Eighth Wonder, Inc., promoting heirloom rice; Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines, with their coconut chips and coconut flour; Fruits of Life, Inc., with their bottled and canned coconut water; Hatchgrove Enterprise, featuring garnishing coconut oils, Virgin Coconut oil, marinating coconut vinegar, and frozen coconut products; JUD Products Philippines, Inc., offering fruitcake, coco sugar, coco syrup, among others; and Mackie International, Inc., with their ice pops and natural drinks, triangle freezer pops and other shelf stable frozen treats.

Also participating in the WFFS under Food Philippines are Mama Sita's (Marigold Manufacturing Corporation), with their base ingredients such as all-natural vinegars and sea salt & spices, tropical syrups, snacks & refreshments, paste & sauces; and soup mixes, among others; Philfresh Corporation, with their super frozen tuna, shelf stable and ready-to-cook products/frozen cook loin canned tuna; Q-Phil Products International, with their vegetable-flavored noodles, taro leaves and coconut cream; Raw Brown Sugar Milling Co., Inc., featuring muscovado candies in different fruit flavors, and Virgin Coconut Oil; See's International Food Manufacturing Corporation, offering banana chips in different cuts and sizes; Simex International, Inc.,/Southern Agro Export Corporation (SAGREX), Golden Saba Brand products of Sagrex Foods, Inc.; SL Agritech Corporation, with their premium healthy rice, and xroads Philippine Sea Salts, featuring their culinary sea salts.

The Philippine Pavilion in this year's WFF event is located at the South Hall (booth numbers 4228 to 4243) of the Moscone Convention Center.

For more information, please visit, email or call the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in San Francisco, the DTI's representative office covering San Francisco and the U.S. northwest (Philippine Consulate General, Suite 405, 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA. 94108,, tel +1 (415) 773-2336) or you may access CITEM's website through

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