|Opening of Bakery World 2018|
|The Heritage Tree|
The three-day (October 5-7) Bakery World 2018, held at the convention hall of J Center Mall, Mandaue City, is the first and largest baking and food service exposition in the Visayas, with exhibitors ranging from supplies, equipment, ingredients, services and packaging solutions. During this event, there will be seminars to help bakers and entrepreneurs improve or set up their businesses. The exhibit, as well as the seminars and other activities during the Bakery World, was free and open to the public.
Organized by the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) under the leadership of its President Stanley Go and Vice-President (for External Affairs) Steven Yu, they got help from Bien Enrico Ah, the Immediate Past President of Filipino-Chinese Bakery Association Inc., who has been doing similar exhibits, mostly in Manila and, recently, in Davao. Ah, the founding president of the Philippine Society of Baking and the production manager of Liberty Food Mart Inc., always wanted to do a bakery exhibition in Cebu but the group’s directors are wary of its success.
Bakery World, already patented under the MCCI, will allow bakeries and relevant industries in Cebu and the rest of the Visayas and Mindanao to get access to new technologies, market trends, available products, and services by industry suppliers who can help them grow their business.
|Gingerbread house-inspired booth of Asian Grains Corp.|
Master bakers from South Korea and Taiwan also flew in to teach local bakers about trends in the international arena as well as new ideas and products that can be adopted.
MCCI aims to make Cebu a leader in the cake production market by bringing cake decorating to the Metro.
In order to bring in multiple cake designers to Cebu and have their works of art displayed for the public to see and witness, they organized the Cake Masters Competition.
The competition, graced by 38 professional baker contestants from multiple corners of the world who joined the contest to prove their skills in cake decorating as well as those who have aspirations of being a baker, was divided into two different categories - Wedding Cakes and the Best of Cebu and Mandaue.
The grand winner would get a cash prize of PhP30,000 and a plaque, while the 2nd and 3rd place would be getting, along with a plaque, PhP10,000 and PhP5,000 respectively.
Some 45 firms from Cebu and Manila joined the event. The exhibitors from Cebu include A.D. Gothong Manufacturing Corp., Asian Grains Corp., Asia’s Best Industrial Sales, Beauchem Thermtech Group Inc., Bigfood Trade & Commodities/RAC, DMC Busa Printers, Ever HRI Sales Inc., Fabritech/Mandaue Libertad, Global Pacific Distribution Corp., Julie’s Franchise Corp., LTH Food Industries Inc., Magic Melt Foods Inc., New Datche Philippines Traders Corp., Ngosiok Marketing, Ricor Mills, Southern Synergy Sales Corp., SVI Distribution Corp., Sweetlink Inc., Treasure Island-iPak and Virginia Foods Inc..
|Joseph Sowers |
(US Wheat Associates)
On the other hand, the exhibitors from Manila include Bakersfield, Besterm International Corp., Excellent Value Philippines Marketing Inc., Formway Trading and Services Inc., General Milling Corp., Heritage TPH Ventures Inc., Ingenti Radix Corp., Innobake, JMCool Solutions Inc., Kalinisan Chemicals Corp., Philippine Foremost Milling Corp., Restoserve Marketing Corp., Sealed Air Philippines Inc. and Tulip-The Embassy of Chocolate among others.
|Guests and members of media during the opening|
|L-R:-Steven Yu (MCCI VP - External Affairs), Carlo Fortuna (Mandaue City Vice-Mayor), Joseph Sowers (US Wheat Associates - Regional VP t for Philippines and Korea), Stanley Go (MCCI President)|
J Center Mall: 165 A. S. Fortuna St, Bakilid, Mandaue City, 6014 Cebu, Philippines.
Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI): 2/F, FCB Financial Center Bldg., A.C.Cortes Ave. cor P. Burgos St., Alang-alang, Mandaue City, 6014 Cebu. Tel: (032) 343-3491. Fax: (032) 236-8245. E-mail: MCCI Secretariat. Website: www.mandauechamber.org.