MANILA, Philippines - Organic products from the Philippines were featured at the BioFach 2015, considered the world's leading trade fair for organic goods, in Nuremberg, Germany last month.
Philippine companies TreeLife Coco Sugar, Bios Dynamis and Primex Group Philippines showcased their products at the trade fair.
Nuremberg Messe Representative in the Philippines Karen Adecer told the Philippine embassy in Berlin that exhibitors succeeded in "closing business deals and getting orders from Germany, other parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East."
North Cotabato-based TreeLife exports premium organic coconut sugar and coconut syrup, while Bioas Dynamis exports anti-oxidant organic black, brown and red rice.
The North Cotabato provincial government has supported the companies' presence at BioFach.
"The reception of the international community to our locally grown products is very promising. It only shows that indeed, there is a bigger market for our farmers and small to medium scale businesses, as long as they pass specific international standards," North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza said.
Primex Group Philippines has been exporting world-class high grade quality coconut products since 1991. Among the products featured at the trade fair were organic banana chips, coconut milk powder, dessicated coconut and coconut oil made from copra or dried coconut.
Aside from the three Philippine companies, Adecer also noted that there were nine other foreign companies exhibiting at the Biofach who are using Philippine coconut to manufacture their own organic food and beverage line.
"Primex, TreeLife and Bioas Dynamis are the pioneers that will help usher Philippine brand awareness in organic farming among European customers. Germans are quite interested in knowing what organic products from the Philippines can be exported to Europe. As Germany is considered the biggest organic market in Europe, I am confident that given proper exposure, our organic food products will be very much accepted in this country," Philippine Ambassador to Germany Melita S. Santa Maria Thomeczek said.