TRUE to its thrust to help fledgling food businesses among its members, the Food Producers' Association of Northern Mindanao (FOPANORMIN) launched over the weekend its Big Brother Small Brother program.
FOPANORMIN president Nenita Tan explained that under the scheme, the organization will partner with bigger stakeholders in the industry to assist its relatively smaller startups.
"We are looking for big players which are willing to provide guidance to our selected MSME members in terms of technical assistance, proper managrment of logistics, accounting, marketing, products processing, etc.," Tan said.
These so-called big players may be multinational companies, academe, government units, foundations or financial institutions.
In return, the selected micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) must be committed to apply what they have learned during the corporate tutelage, according to Tan.
Tan said this program is part of FOPANORMIN's thrusts to provide food processors in this part of Mindanao to generate assistance both from government and private stakeholders.
Big Brother Small Brother concept is expected to be adopted next year.
Friday's launch coincided with the opening of the group's Christmas showcase at Limketkai Mall rotunda in Cagayan de Oro City.
"Whether it be as an association or as individual companies, we were able to share inputs with each other our own business experiences simply to be a catalyst for growth for each other within and outside the association," Tan said.
For almost 20 years now, FOPANORMIN has been instrumental in leading innovations to constantly upgrade and sustain the food processing industry in Region 10, partnering with such agencies as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), among others.
It has a total of 32 industries as active members.
"We will continue to develop our products not just for membership upliftment but to showcase the best that Northern Mindanao can offer," Tan said.
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