PH, Saudi officials meet on halal industry development
Officials of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the trade department met with executives from the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) on the growing interest in the Philippines to develop and promote the halal industry.
The Philippine officials also sought the help of Saudi officials to develop the local halal industry.
Philippine Charge d’ Affaires Iric Arribas said the development of the Philippine halal industry will “facilitate the entry of more Philippine food exports to Saudi Arabia and to the rest of the Middle East.”
Arribas said the “food requirements not only of the Filipino Muslims, but also of the tourists from Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries, who would be encouraged to visit the Philippines because of the availability of halal food” would also be met.
Meetings were also held in Riyadh, Al Khobar and Jeddah from November 14 to 22.
Representatives from Philippine halal food manufacturers and exporters were met by the various Saudi-based food importers, consolidators and distributors.
The Filipino companies which participated in the outbound business mission include Bantre’ Trading, SL Agritech Corporation, QPhil Products International, Maharlika Agro-marine Ventures, Magic Melt Foods, Inc. and Pixcel Transglobal Foods, Inc.