Amidst today's changing world, green food products that care for the body, soul and environment are emerging as important items in the global market. IFEX Philippines 2013's Natural Food and Health Products Hall spotlights the role of natural and healthy food while providing organic industry stakeholders the venue to engage in meaningful business and advocacy discussions.
With an estimated 10-20% annual market growth rate, the Philippines' major organic products are rice and coconut products (virgin coconut oil [VCO], coconut water and coconut milk). Other products include upland vegetables, papaya, traditional wines, herbal supplements, fresh bananas, muscovado sugar, coffee, and asparagus. Most of the country's small organic farmers are associated with NGO-assisted social enterprises, especially for root crops, fruits and vegetables. Their processed products usually include jams, local wines and purees. Organic products sold in major supermarkets, health shops and farmers' cooperatives in the country have a reported price premium ranging from 20-50% over non-organic items.
When IFEX Philippines introduced the 1st Natural Food and Health Products Hall in 2011, Philippine organic products made from indigenous tropical materials such as coconut, malunggay, sambong, lagundi and other herbs made a positive impact on buyers, particularly those from countries like China, Japan, Korea, USA, Canada and Europe. Organic bestsellers included VCO, coconut cream, coconut water, assorted products of lemongrass and freeze-dried water. The Hall generated total domestic sales of Php207,675.00 and negotiated sales of US$274, 900.00.
Special events held during IFEX Philippines 2011:
Natural Food and Health Products Hall
The Berdelicious! Organic Gourmet Festival highlighted the collaboration of select organic farmers with a few of the country's top chefs in the creation of nourishing dishes made with only natural ingredients.
Going green was the theme of participating organically-certified food companies as they promoted their products and educated show visitors through various seminars and teach-ins.