Food Connection Manila, an exclusive one-day trade show, recently gave the country’s top food and beverage professionals an exclusive taste of New Zealand’s finest food offerings.
Food Connection Manila took place at the New World Makati Hotel last Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
The event was hosted by the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).
Aside from sampling some of New Zealand’s freshest produce and premium food, the guests also met many of New Zealand’s key producers.
New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan
Food Connection Manila introduced a wide range of New Zealand products, such as free-range meat, seafood, dairy and other prepared foods, as well as wine and craft beer.
New Zealand Trade Commissioner to the Philippines Hernando Banal
“New Zealand products are known for their distinctive taste and quality and this is a great opportunity to showcase them to Filipinos,” said Hernando Banal, New Zealand Trade Commissioner to the Philippines.
New Zealand’s naturally fertile environment, moderate climate, geographical location and features, and clean air make it ideal for practically every kind of food production, from horticulture and cropping to seafood and farming.
Charlie’s Juice Drinks and Phoenix Organic Juices and Softdrinks
Cooking Demo by Celebrity Chef Leo Fernandez
In between food-tasting, participants witnessed Kiwi-Pinoy celebrity chef Leo Fernandez whip up classic Filipino dishes using ingredients renowned from New Zealand such as New Zealand Greenshell Mussel kinilaw and Corned Beef hash rice Croquettes with Caldereta Sauce.
Kiwi-Pinoy celebrity chef Leo Fernandez
“I love the quality of the products from New Zealand and I am on a mission to make Filipino cuisine famous in New Zealand,” said the famous chef, who recently took home the runner-up spot in MasterChef New Zealand 2016.
New Zealand Greenshell Mussel kinilaw and Corned Beef Hash Rice croquettes with Caldereta Sauce
New Zealand as High-Quality Food Products Exporter
New Zealand is a trusted global food provider to over 100 countries, exporting more than 75% of the food it produces. In the Philippines, New Zealand’s biggest exports are dairy products. However, New Zealand wine, confectionaries, healthy and natural beverages, and meat have experienced significant growth in recent years.
Greenshell Mussels from Kono2
Clockwise: Babich Wine, Tohu Wines and te Pa Wine
“New Zealand takes pride in its reputation as a trusted food supplier, thus we make sure that every food product that comes out of New Zealand undergoes the strictest food safety and biosecurity measures,” said Hernando. With strong biosecurity controls, New Zealand is recognized by the World Organisation for Animal Health as an ‘animal disease-free’ exporter.
Palm Corned Beef
As part of its government mandate, New Zealand produces sustainable and seasonal foods, guided by the food producers’ integrity and respect for the environment. The country’s livestock are predominantly raised on pasture in open fields, which makes New Zealand’s grass-fed free-range meat a a sought-after premium commodity in international markets.
Schubert and Antipodes from Brumms Quality Wines, Inc.
“We know that Filipinos today are looking for convenient food that not only caters to their increasingly busy lifestyle but are also healthy, safe, and delicious. New Zealand products bring to the table these criteria for sustainability and organic production,” added Hernando.
New Zealand Natural Ice cream
New Zealand food and beverages are available in local hotels and supermarkets.
Anchor UHT Milk and Anchor Unsalted Butter
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