Philippines: Top Global Producer of Bananas, Pineapples and More

This is certainly a good news to our farmers who grows export quality Philippine bananas, pineapples, and coconut. The country remains the top global producer of the above mentioned fruits with Japan remaining the top destination for Philippine bananas, with $231.3 million in export sales in 2016.

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry continues to increase the Philippines’ trade relations with Japan as it showcases the country’s finest tropical flavors in the largest food fair in the Asia-Pacific region.

Japan is the Philippines’ largest export destination for fresh foods and the second largest market for processed food, next to the United States. Reports from the Philippine Statistics Authority said that Japan is among the top export destinations of the country with 16.42 percent total share to total merchandise exports in January to November 2017.

Under Food Philippines brand, DTI-Citem will bring the country’s top exporters of tropical fruits, beverages and other processed food to the 43rd International Food and Beverage Exhibition, popularly known as FoodEx Japan, on March 6 to 9 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.
“Japanese people are no stranger to us. We know that they have a penchant for our tropical fruits and that is what we are looking to showcase as we return to FoodEx,” said Nora Terrado, DTI undersecretary for trade and investments promotion and Citem officer-in-charge.
“We will also feature other tropical food and ingredients to widen the line of Philippine products shipped to Japan and promote the country as a premier sourcing destination,” said Terrado.
FoodEx is known as a major gateway to the Japanese market. Last year, the four-day event welcomed over 3,000 local and international exhibitors, as well as more than 82,000 buyers from the food manufacturing, service, distribution and trading sectors across the global food industry.

Aside from bananas, the Philippines is also a top global producer of pineapple (3rd), canned tuna (4th), and mango (10th), based on a 2013 data of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Through Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, Japan provides an attractive and vast market for Philippine food suppliers to serve the retail, food service and manufacturing industries. Data from the Japan External Trade Organization also show that Japan’s foreign direct investments in the country reached $724.71 million, while Philippine investments in Japan reached $14.165 million in the first nine months of 2017.

FoodPhilippines’ participation in the FoodEx Japan 2018 is organized by Citem, in partnership with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Tokyo and Philippine Trade Training Center, as one of the DTI’s major efforts to intensify the promotion of Philippine specialty food products in trade shows overseas.

The above photo is another type of Philippine banana called "red banana" and only grows in Mindanao.


  1. This is really great for the farmers. We have many products here in the Philippines na talaga namang export quality,and i know someday mas maraming products pa tayong maeexport hindi lang sa Japan, kundi worldwide.


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