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From ube cream liqueur to brown rice puffs: Nine Filipino food products win CITEM’s Katha Awards

By Eileen Mencias

Nine winners emerged from a field of 79 contenders at the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions’ (CITEM) “Katha Awards for Food.”

Held during the IFEX Philippines 2024 Media Salu-Salo, the awards recognize ingenuity and creativity in Filipino food products with export potential.

The 2024 Katha Awards winners are:

– Destileria Barako Corp.’s Ube Cream Liqueur, a blend of sugar cane vodka, cream, and ube

– Lionheart Farms Philippines Corp.’s canned SLOW Coconut Flower Sap

– Bestfriend Goodies’ Halal-certified Bean Appetit Monggo with Squash in Coconut Milk and Dilis

– Baken Philippines Inc.’s Real Bacon Crisps

– Gem Foods International Inc.’s Buenas Dried Vegetables

– Theo and Philo Chocolate Factory Inc.’s Handcrafted Chocolate Treats with real coconut and natural ingredients

– SL Agritech Corp.’s Dona Maria Brown Rice Puffs Series

– One Vizcaya’s Maharlika Pure Calamansi Extract packed by Gulf Pacific Integrated Exports Inc.

– Kai Anya Foods International Corp.’s Northbay Deli Classic Salmon Smoked in Oil.

The Katha Awards for Food, initiated in 2015, have been a hallmark of Philippine creativity in food, according to CITEM deputy executive director and officer in charge Ma. Lourdes Mediran.

“It aims to encourage food entrepreneurs to explore a variety of flavors and work on new, untried ideas,” she added.

From a competitive pool of 79 entries, judges narrowed the selection to 21 finalists. These finalists represent the cream of the crop, all meeting CITEM’s rigorous export quality standards.

This year’s judges included SM Retail SVP Millie Dizon, former Tourism Secretary and CITEM president Mina Gabor, Philippine Culinary Heritage co-founder Anna Marie Ozaeta, and food industry consultant Ferdinand Cabo Chanpongco.

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