Imported coffee hurts local producers
Imported coffee are already hurting local coffee roasters too much that they had to form a coalition to protect their stake at the industry, a report showed.
A Manila Bulletin report showed that local coffee producers have recently set up a coalition to protect their interests against the influx of imported coffee as well as what they call an “unfair treatment” over their production.
This, according to them, have been resulting to unstable prices in the domestic market where coffee consumption is rising.
Accounting for 80 percent of the country’s total local coffee production, the group includes UCC, Gourmets Cafe, Culinary Exchange, Kickstart Coffee, and Siete Baracos.
These coffee roasters are now seeking for a representation in the consumer affairs section of the Department of Trade and Industry, according to advocacy group Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. (PCIB).