With such an abundant marine life contributing to its thriving seafood industry, the Queen City of the South is looking to expand their global market reach. Asteria Caberte, Regional Director of the Department of Trade and Industry in Central Visayas, punctuates this further, “Cebu has the strategic location and complete infrastructure for companies to gather their raw seafood from fisheries across the Philippines and process it fresh in time for freezing, canning, pasteurizing, or any other value-adding process.”
This steady boom in their aquaculture is very much in line with their participation at the IFEX Philippines 2018 on May 25 to 27, happening at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC). Here, we round up some of Cebu’s finest seafood exporters to keep you on your toes for the big day.
1Phil-Union Frozen Foods, Inc. (PUFFI)
Phil-Union Frozen Foods, Inc. (PUFFI) is one of the country’s leading exporters of crab meat and other marine products like tuna, shrimp, giant squid, and octopus. Currently, they supply pasteurized crab meat to the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea.
In line with their commitment to quality standards, PUFFI is certified under the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Food Safety System Certification 22000, Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), EU, Halal, and Dolphin-Safe. They also follow the standards set by Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), certified under SGS Philippines and the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
2HJR International Corporation
HJR International has become one of the biggest exporters of quality seafood products in the country built on the values of quality assurance, timeliness, and corporate excellence. They currently focus their operations on shrimps, producing 10 tons of shrimp meat per day, promptly processed and packed within 24 hours after harvest in their aquafarms located in Bulacan, Agusan del Norte, and Cebu.
“We operate in unpolluted shrimp farms in the Philippines and do not practice the use of antibiotics to ensure that the shrimps retain their natural taste,” assures Jiroh Wani, Plant Manager of HJR International Corporation.
3Akai Foods, Inc.
Akai Foods Inc. started its seafood business in 1986. Now, the company currently has hundreds of fishermen under its operation in Cebu, Surigao del Norte, and Masbate. The company supplies fresh and frozen squid, giant squid, octopus, cuttlefish, and other fish species. They also manufacture value-added products such as squid balls, fish tempura, shrimp balls, fish balls, and squid rolls.
As a member of PhilExport and the Association of Food Manufacturers and Exporters of Cebu, the company is certified in food safety and quality standards under SGS Philippines, Inc., GMP and HACCP. The company currently exports to the United States and major Asian markets, such as Japan, Korea, Hong Kong.
4Central Seafoods, Inc.
Established in 1997, Central Seafoods, Inc. is a premier Philippine processor and exporter of fresh frozen marine products and pasteurized canned crab meat.The company operates several buying stations for raw materials and satellite picking plants in Visayas and Mindanao. CSI has expanded their raw materials sourcing up to the Bicol region, and increasing their combined production capacity to 3,000 metric tons per year.
Currently, CSI is exporting mainly to the United States although exports to Japan, Korea and Hong Kong are steadily gaining traction due to increase in demand. This has given the company great pride in their goal to help the nation generate much-needed foreign exchange, clearly defining its humble contribution in the strengthening and development of the country’s economy.
5Asian Wave Seafood Corporation
Asian Wave Seafood Corporation has become a major seafood player in the country that supplies a wide variety of high-quality seafood products found in the Philippines, such as milkfish, parrot fish, tuna, salmon, prawns and shrimps, lobsters, crab, octopus, cuttlefish, abalone, scallops, and other marine products.
To ensure that every product produced is of the highest quality, the company operates using state-of-the-art processing facility and freezing technology in Mandaue City that adheres to the standards of the EU, GMP, 5S System, and the HACCP system.
The 12th edition of IFEX Philippines is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA). Buyers and exhibitors can contact Ms. Zharita Bagayas, IFEX Philippines Lead Coordinator, at 831-2201 loc. 228 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, and to Ms. Alex Lucas at 831-2137 or email her at email@example.com.