MSMEs from Mindanao acknowledged for innovative food products
Micro enterprises from Mindanao were recently recognized for their emerging and innovative food products during the International Food Exhibit (IFEX) Philippines, the country’s largest international food show for Asia’s ethnic and specialty food products.
Baker’s Field Enterprises of Zamboanga City particularly won the Katha Award for Biscuits, Breads, and Pastries Category for its flavored biscocho, while Ellyne’s Tuna Chicharon/Salmon Cracklings from General Santos City received the Katha Award for the Marine Products Category.
Katha Awards Food is given to newly developed, locally-made food products and applications that meet the packaging design and innovation; product innovation; and market demand and readiness criteria.
For his part, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto lauded the positive results of the IFEX Philippines, particularly for the Mindanao enterprises.
MinDA is the island-region’s coordinating body for IFEX, and works alongside government agencies like Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture.
“When we speak of Mindanao’s growth, it is imperative to highlight the role of the MSMEs to the region’s economy. This is particularly evident in jobs creation and the promotion of our local products,” Alonto said.