Coming soon: Kimchi made in the Philippines
Kimchi, the cabbage side dish that screams Korean, may soon be manufactured by Filipinos.
That is, if Philippine ambassador to the Republic of Korea Raul Hernandez is successful in convincing Korean food conglomerate CJ Cheil Jedang expand to go into food processing on top of its investments in the Philippines.
CJ, the largest food company in South Korea, manufactures animal feeds in the Philippines.
It has also expanded to logistics, home shopping, Tous les Jours bakeries, and supply of cinema equipment using 4DX, a motion picture technology owned and developed by South Korean company CJ 4DPLEX, a part of the CJ Group.
The Philippine Information Agency said Hernandez is asking the company to also go into food processing.
The Philippine trade delegation toured some of the company’s main brands such as Tous les Jours bakeries, A Twosome Place coffee shops, VIPS steakhouses, Olive Young health and beauty stores, and a grocery featuring all the CJ food products found in the supermarkets all over Korea and overseas.
Hernandez welcomed CJ’s plans to expand the current 19 Tous les Jours branches in the Philippines and its animal feeds factory, and to explore additional new business ventures.
He invited CJ to consider setting up more food processing businesses, including possible kimchi production, and other ventures that use Philippine products like coconuts and other tropical fruits.
An investment mission in August is being eyed to explore the possibilities of food processing.