CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Over 41 local producers and manufacturers met with 21 buyers, including hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, convenient stores, consolidators and distributors as they gather together in one venue to negotiate trade on July 31, 2015, at Grand Caprice Restaurant, here.
The Department of Trade and Industry – Misamis Oriental Provincial Office organized the activity for the purpose of promoting local products and at the same time address the supply needs of hotels and restaurants.
Ma. Eliza A. Pabillore, provincial director, DTI-Misamis Oriental, said the agency hoped that the activity will result in many booked orders and increase in sales especially for the micro enterprises.
“This will provide an opportunity for small enterprises to promote their products and negotiate directly to buyers while our hotels and restaurant will also have a chance to patronize local products,” Pabillore said.
Pabillore said a lot of new and exciting products was showcased, such as yogurt, gouda cheeses, duck meat, balut, goat’s milk and goat’s cheese, turmeric, sambong, coconut sugar, moringa, virgin coconut oil, moringa soap, coffee, tablea and other health and wellness products.
Most of the hotels and restaurants were looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh and processed meat and beverages. On the other hand, consolidators, supermarkets and convenience store are interested in new processed food products, said Pabillore.
Out of the 59 trade leads, two resulted in booked orders and, approximately, 20 are for further negotiation.
This is the 2nd Speed Matching that was conducted in Cagayan de Oro. The first was done in 2013 wherein a lot of local producers were able to penetrate groceries and convenient stores.
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