Manila, November 15, 2018 — Ambassador Sung Kim hosted a Thanksgiving celebration at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on November 13 to showcase U.S. food products available in the Philippines.
At the celebration, visiting U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney thanked customers in the Philippines for supporting U.S. agriculture. He said, “From hotels and restaurants to franchise chains, food manufacturers, and retail customers, Philippine buyers constantly demonstrate their awareness of the quality and variety of U.S. food products.” In 2017, export sales reached $964 million, up four percent from the previous year. Traders expect 2018 sales to surpass the $1 billion mark. High-value food and beverage products remain the premier growth sector for U.S. agriculture in the Philippines due to the country’s robust economy, steady expansion of the food sector, and consumer familiarity with American brands.
While in the Philippines, Under Secretary McKinney met with Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to discuss the strong and growing two-way agricultural trade relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines.
The Thanksgiving celebration included a spread of 14 dishes highlighting U.S. agricultural products available in the Philippines, including a traditional Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Chicken Pot Pies, Mini Beef Patties with Monterey Jack Cheese on Brioche Toast, and Pecan Pumpkin Pie. Guests also met suppliers of U.S. turkey, steak, lobster, sausage, wine, dried fruit, and nuts.
The event was organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service in the Philippines in collaboration with Alaska Prime Seafood, Alternatives Food Corporation, Artisan Cellars & Fine Foods, Dane International Commodities, ESV International, Forth & Tay, Onestop Distribution, Mayon Consolidated, Mida Food Distributors, and Titania Wine Cellar.