farmers

SMC ramps up support for farmers

Agriculture remains one of the hardest-hit sectors since the pandemic struck in March 2020. With usual supply routes cut off due to protocols and mobility restrictions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, most farmers have experienced difficulty moving produce to various markets around the country, including Metro Manila. San Miguel Corp. (SMC), which last year…

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ANI strengthens PH food security through digital solutions

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many industries to change the way they think and do business. Amidst the uncertainties, companies are “going digital,” but many have found themselves overwhelmed by new technology and processes. One local agrienterprise, however, found the perfect formula to marry tradition with innovation: by looking to the past to secure the…

coffee

How to adopt a coffee tree

October is also known for another beverage. We have been celebrating Philippine coffee since President Fidel Ramos declared October as coffee month in 1997. In malls, promotional activities include free coffee every day for two to three weeks. The nonprofit Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI) was established in 2002 by then Agriculture Secretary Cito Lorenzo…

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Century Pacific, RFM make it to Forbes’ ‘Best under a Billion’ list

Philippine food and beverage makers Century Pacific Food Inc. (CNPF) and RFM Corp. landed on Forbes Asia magazine’s “2021 Best Under A Billion” list of 200 top-performing publicly listed small and mid-sized companies in the Asia-Pacific region. The roster highlights companies with less than $1 billion in revenues and consistent in terms of top- and…

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Gov’t sees green shoots of recovery

High inflation seen persisting throughout the year and vaccine hesitancy may slow the Philippines’ economic recovery, but the government is still confident that rebound from the pandemic-induced recession is just around the corner. In an economic bulletin Monday, Department of Finance (DOF) Undersecretary and chief economist Gil Beltran noted the 20.7-percent growth in total external…