LOS ANGELES – Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon welcomed the participants to the Outbound Business Matching (OBM) Mission to Los Angeles during a briefing held at the Philippine Consulate General on 3 December 2010. The OBM Mission was organized by the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC-LA) based in Los Angeles headed by Trade Representative Archimedes Gomez.

The delegation is composed of nineteen (19) food exporters carrying food products with high export potential in the United States not only for the Asian and Filipino communities but also for the mainstream markets.  This Mission will serve as a starting point in creating a Filipino Food Section in the supermarkets in the U.S. in the future.  The products these companies carry are guaranteed to meet the U.S. import requirements on food safety and quality.

The objectives of the OBM Mission are to create broader awareness on the Philippine food products; to observe and meet with executives of other chain of stores (i.e. other Asian, Hispanic and Mainstream) to find potential collaborative partners and the possibility of expanding the distribution channels of Philippine-made products; and, to book and/or negotiate sales during the business-to-business matching activity.

During the briefing, Consul General made clear to the participants that this is a non-selling mission.

On 4-5 December 2010, a food fair will be held at the Seafood City in Eagle Rock, L.A.  Activities will include cooking demonstrations, comedy skits, showcase of Filipino games, Lucky Me! Hot & Spicy eating contest and raffles.

A Business Matching event will be held on 7 December 2010 at the Pacific Palm Resort Hotel.  For more details, interested parties may contact PTIC-LA at (213) 388 1029 or (213) 388 3876.

Top photo shows Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon (standing) as she delivers her welcome remarks during the briefing for the participants for the Outbound Business Matching (OBM) Mission to Los Angeles.  With the Consul General are (from right) Trade Representative Archimedes Gomez, Deputy Consul General Daniel R. Espiritu, Congen Aragon, and representatives from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

Bottom photo shows the participants, representing nineteen (19) food exporters, during the briefing held at the Philippine Consulate General.