CARGILL in the Philippines recently hosted delegates from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agribusiness Trade Mission on a tour of the company’s flagship poultry plant, C-Joy Poultry Meats Production Inc. ., located in Santo Tomas, Batangas. It was the first in-person trade mission organized by the global food, agriculture and nutrition leader to the Philippines since the start of the pandemic.
The delegation – made up of representatives from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), 10 state agricultural departments and 9 agricultural organizations and trade associations – was part of a trade mission to the Philippines to present a group diverse businesses and organizations. to new export and investment opportunities in the country. Along with the visit, 16 agribusinesses would hold 200 meetings with Filipino businesses, and FAS Administrator Daniel Whitley would liaise with government leaders. The Philippines was considered the eighth-largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, averaging $3.1 billion a year over the past five years.
The 30-person delegation visited C-Joy Poultry Meats Production Inc., a joint venture between Cargill and the Philippines’ largest fast food chain, Jollibee Foods Corp. At full capacity, C-Joy could process up to 45 million chickens per year. in its state-of-the-art 10-hectare facility. With this visit, the USDA aimed to showcase the country’s thriving poultry and livestock industry and explore potential partnerships and opportunities for the visiting delegation participants.
“This trade mission celebrates the long-standing trade relationship between the United States and the Philippines and allows representatives of the U.S. agriculture industry to explore investment opportunities,” Whitley added.