By Zac B. Sarian
Maybe it is about time that local exporters of agricultural produce take a good second look at the market in Canada.
After reading our article on jackfruit as a big business in Vietnam, Jette, a Filipino who is living in Calgary, Canada, reported to us that she has seen firsthand how agri products from Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, and China are marketed in big volumes in that country. Their products, one of them jackfruit, are everywhere, especially in Asian stores. Unfortunately, not much come from the Philippines, she wailed.
The agri products come in processed forms, frozen or fresh. Aside from jackfruit, there are durians, Thai mangoes, longans, bilimbi (kamias), dragon fruit, passion fruit, chico, kaimito, etc. Then there are the taro roots, stems and leaves, kamote tops of different varieties, banana leaves, and others.
Jette says that fish products are mostly from Vietnam, Taiwan, and Thailand. Tuna is sold in Canada at 12 to 13 Canadian dollars per pound. “I wish the Philippines would compete with this since I know we export a lot of this. I only see bangus, Philippine pompano, and galunggong here. It is sad that I don’t see much competition from the Philippines. And sadly, a lot of our product prices are also not that competitive. For Philippine candies, delicacies, and ice creams, they are doing well. But I would be happy and proud to see more Philippine products in store shelves. On the other hand, I don’t feel too homesick now because I could easily find the basic ingredients of my Pinoy-faves.”
There you are, Canada could be a good market for Philippine food products, both fresh and processed.
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