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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Posted 1:24 PM by Tevita
Sagrex to market banana fries to fast-food chains
From : Sun Star, Davao
By Joy Romares-Sevilla
THE Sagrex Foods Corp., the only company based in Mindanao that produces frozen cardava banana, said the company will introduce frozen banana fries to fast-food chains in the international market.
Ferdinand Marañon, Sagrex chair, told Sun.Star Davao his company is targeting food chains outside the Philippines for banana fries, which can be considered as a snack food like potato fries.
"Gradually, maybe we can also introduce the product to fast-food chains here, but all of our products kasi are mainly produced to be marketed abroad," Marañon said, adding that Sagrex is into introductory shipment of its products, such as frozen ripe cardava banana, frozen turon (ripe banana glazed with sugar), and frozen banana fries to various supermarkets in the USA, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Korea.
Marañon said Sagrex has a distributor in these countries. In fact, they are now distributing their products to Asian-Filipino supermarkets in the US.
"There are more than 1,000 Asian Filipino supermarkets in the US," he said.
Marañon said they are also planning to expand to other foreign markets where there are Filipinos.
"Filipinos are our initial target. There is no more resistance from them to buy our products," Marañon said.
Marañon was among the 14 businessmen who went to Saudi Arabia last year for a trade mission, which was spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
He said his products are very saleable to many Filipinos in the area considering that Saudi has 1.4 million Filipinos.
Sagrex is now in its advocacy of planting more cardava banana to idle lands.
Marañon earlier admitted that cardava banana has a huge demand in the world market, saying that it is going to be the country's next gold mine.
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