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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…

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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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Trendspotting 2022 and beyond

At the recently concluded 12th Mansmith Market Masters Conference, we asked three seasoned marketers – Kakam Gabunada, Vice President of Nestle Philippines; John Rubio, Country Director of Facebook; and Steven Tan, President of SM Supermalls in the Philippines and China – about trends that will emerge in 2022 and beyond. Here is a summary of…

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Surigao del Sur-based bank joins digital service revolution to reach unbanked

The Cantilan Bank (CanBank) is expanding its digital footprint through the launch of its app iCAN targeting unbanked Filipinos. CanBank, established in 1980 in Surigao del Sur, said in a statement iCAN would introduce features such as fund transfer, bills payment, prepaid phone reloading and QR code payment to its customers in over 100 communities.…

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Factory output surged 539.7% in Aug

The finished goods churned out by the country’s factories soared 539.7 percent year-on-year in August due to the base effects from lower output amid last year’s stringent lockdowns. The Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) monthly integrated survey of selected industries (Missi) report for August released Thursday showed a dramatic reversal of the 82.2-percent drop in the…