CAMBODIA July 2019
 
Philippines’ largest dried fruit producer plans 2nd factory in Cambodia
 
Profood International Corp., Philippines’ largest dried fruit producer is building a 2nd factory in Cambodia for the production of dried mangoes, as part of its strategy to compete with cheaper products offered by neighbouring countries like Thailand, Vietnam and China. This is also in reaction to low supply and high price of fresh mangoes in the Philippines, which makes the firm to consider overseas expansion of its production facilities.
Profood’s President Justin Uy said that the 2nd facility is expected to commence operation by 2021 and have an annual production capacity of 3,000 tonnes, similar to its 1st plant in Cambodia.
Presently, Profood has 14 facilities in the Philippines with a total capacity of about 10,000 tonnes for dried mango. Justin added that in Cambodia, the price of mangoes is at least half the price of those in the Philippines.
The dried mango produced from Profood’s Cambodian facility is sold under the brand Fruit Asia. Justin added that Fruit Asia dried mangoes will be positioned as a mass market product whereas those produced in the Philippines are premium products.
The Philippines mango has achieved a good name for quality in the world market. However, due to its premium pricing, Profood needs to find an alternative production base to maintain its competitive edge. Profood claims to have 50% share of the world market for dried mangoes, however its position is fast threatened by Thai and other producers which have access to cheaper raw materials.
Profood is also planning to venture further to Africa as the region has abundant supply of mango as well as being close to the European market. Neverthless, Profood is optimistic that the Philippine supply situation will improve with newly developing Mindanao province now contributing 40% of its mango supplies, other than the traditional Luzon and Visayas region.
 
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