Belgium’s top exporters brings the original Belgian fries to the Philippines

Flanders Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) will be bringing together five major Belgian fries exporters to exhibit as a group at WOFEX Manila 2018 slated from August 1 to 4.  The five companies, Agristo, Bart’s Potato Company, Clarebout Potatoes, Ecofrost and Mydibel, will be participating at this trade show under the “Belgian Fries” banner to widen their networks, increase their share in the Philippines’ growing market for processed potato products, and heighten awareness of Belgian fries in the Philippines and the region. This is the first time that the delicious Belgian fries are being presented in the Philippines at such a scale.

These five companies represent the five biggest family-owned businesses in the industry in Belgium offering a wide range of potato products and specialties that are exported to over 100 countries worldwide. The companies are all halal-certified. Their participation in WOFEX Manila is part of a five-nation promotion campaign in Southeast Asia, coordinated by VLAM and Belgapom, the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry.

“Hot on the heels of exhibiting in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam, we are pleased to bring Belgian fries to the Philippines this time around, as part of our plan to increase our presence in the Southeast Asian region. There is an existing market in this region for our products, but we see an even bigger opportunity to expand exports and heighten appreciation for our national delicacy. Southeast Asia is one of the largest fast-growing regions of the world, with a rising middle class, rapid urbanisation and an overall young population. These trends, together with Belgium’s high food standards and innovation, will continue to drive demand in the region and beyond, and our industry is ready to reply to this in an original way, since our Belgian fries are truly different from those from other countries,” said   Mr. Romain Cools from Belgapom.

belgian fries manila

“The Philippines is well-known as a food-lover’s paradise, and Philippine consumers really know and love good food. Belgian fries are still relatively unknown in the Philippines, so we are excited about this opportunity to share one of Belgium’s most beloved national dishes with the Philippines. Golden yellow and crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, Belgian fries, or frites, as we call them, are a true Belgian delicacy that is delicious either as a side served with steak, or as an appetizing snack with a mayonnaise-based sauce!”

Belgium is the largest exporter of frozen fries in the world, with 90% of its production freighted to the global market. In 2016, Belgian fries exports rose 14.3% to 1.68 million tonnes in 2016 from a year earlier, with an increasing share going to countries outside EU.

Belgian fries have a long history and have become part of the country’s heritage, with many shops and stands in Belgium serving this delicious savory snack. In fact, the ubiquitous Belgian fry shops that can be found in every city or village have been recognised as part of the cultural landscape in Belgium, with UNESCO status being sought for the dish since 2014.


From the electrical distribution facilities right to your doorstep, Schneider Electric also provides the best safety products for your household.

Schneider Electric participates in the 41st IIEE Annual Convention

The Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines (IIEE) recently held its Annual National Convention at SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.  With the theme, “EXPO 2016, a specialized Electrical, Electronics and Energy Exposition.”  Schneider Electric, one of the top global companies that specializes in energy management and continuously providing automated solutions in terms of hardware, software and services was one of the major exhibitors and participants of the event.  This year’s convention also focused on renewable energy.

Schneider Electric showcases power management solutions

Schneider Electric showcases power management solutions

Schneider Electric’s  hub at the convention was strategically located so that all participants and guests alike were able to roam around and see the company’s latest offers ranging from household solutions to  mid and large-range electrical-infrastructures.

Schneider Electric PACIS Digital Substation

For electrical power network distribution on medium size to large scale network, Schneider Electric had developed the PACIS Digital Substation. PACIS stands for Protection Automation Control Integrated System Solution. It is a smart grid automation where an operator, stationed in a command center, can monitor and remotely control electrical flow on the entire electrical facilities.  He can also  see which part of the system goes haywire or if there is something wrong in the electrical power being supplied to a certain grid. He can also control all substation equipment through the center instead of physically going to the location.  With the PACIS solution, it can also automatically trip the electrical supply to a certain equipment to avoid further damage.

Schneider Electric showcases power management solutions

Schneider Electric showcases power management solutions

Household safety through wiring devices by Schneider Electric

From the electrical distribution facilities right to your doorstep, Schneider Electric also provides the best safety products for your household.

From the electrical distribution facilities right to your doorstep, Schneider Electric also provides the best safety products for your household.

From the electrical distribution facilities right to your doorstep, Schneider Electric also provides the best safety products for your household.

Also topping the list of Schneider Electric’s technology solutions are the following:

  • EasyPact – The EasyPact is a group of air moulded-case circuit breakers, switch disconnectors, and motor starters are engineered to minimize downtime, lower the cost of ownership and maximize efficiency in numerous applications.  These LV circuit breakers, and others are devices ranging from 100 to 4000 A
  • Altivar AC Drives – The Altivar AC Drives are the most advance and user-friendly variable spped AC Drives and Drive systems in the market.  These can be efficiently use for machines, buildings and industrial utility processes.
  • EasyLogic PM2000 Series energy meters – these devices are useful for essential measurements.  It can collect the parameters you need with a single meter =- voltage, current, power, demand, energy, active load timer, meter operation timer, run hours and the likes.
  • PowerLogic PM8000 series – These compact meters help ensure the reliability and efficiency of your facility by simplifying the management of power quality, availability and reliability.  The best choice for power management since it can address power issues before they can cause problems.
  • Prisma iPM – a pre-designed low voltage distribution system. It is based on module design and pre-designed structure, a perfect integration with Schneider devices to build up a complete distribution solution.

With some of these solution devices and distribution networks, the reliability and efficiency of your power network can be maximized as well as integration of your power management solutions for your power-critical facilities.  With Schneider Electric, Life is On–always.




Food prep hacks for families on the go by Haier

Eating together at home is a time-honored practice among Filipinos, but the daily demands of work and school—not to mention traffic—are making it harder to sit with family at the dinner table.

“Mealtimes with family aren’t just about enjoying home-cooked food. Important conversations often happen during dinner, allowing families to nurture values and strengthen relationships,” said Leny Agdamag, Haier’s Product Manager for Small and Kitchen Domestic Appliances.

The time spent when preparing meals is a huge factor in why people are opting to eat whenever they can to and from school or the office. Good food, however, does not necessarily require too much time in the kitchen with the right microwave and oven toaster.

Morning quick bites

An electric oven can make short work of breakfast in 10 to 30 minutes. But don’t just settle with the usual morning toast.

One easy recipe is tortilla pizza. Just spread marinara sauce over tortilla bread, sprinkle some cheese, and top it with sliced tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms. Add pepper and herbs for flavor.

For something sweet, soak sliced bread in a mixture of eggs, milk, and sugar to make French bread. After toasting, slather each side with butter and maple syrup.

Dinner in minutes

The microwave isn’t just for heating yesterday’s leftovers.

Make homemade macaroni and cheese by sprinkling grated soft cheese and white pepper over a bowl of elbow pasta. Pour in some milk for added creaminess.

Lasagna is another very easy recipe. With a bowl, mix spaghetti sauce, basil leaves, ground pepper, and sliced sausages. Spread some of the mixture evenly across the bottom of a baking dish, then top it with a layer of lasagna noodles followed by about a cup of ricotta cheese and mozzarella. Repeat the process once more.

Kitchen’s little helpers

Haier makes food preparation easier with small appliances designed to simplify kitchen work.

The brand’s electric ovens feature a 60-minute timer, adjustable temperature from 100 to 250 degree Celsius, and quartz tube heating elements for efficient cooking. Added grill rack and food tray allow for different types of cooking, while the removable crumb base tray makes cleaning hassle-free.

Microwave ovens from Haier are available with either mechanical or digital controls. Mechanical models offer six power levels, while digital models have five power levels to choose from. Both types are designed with a glass turntable and internal lighting, along with features such as alarm signal and maximum power adjustment.

“Small appliances like microwaves and oven toasters provide modern households with better efficiencies so that families can spend more time at the dinner table than in the kitchen,” Agdamag said.

Haier oven toasters and microwave ovens are available in leading department stores nationwide. Both appliances come with a one-year warranty for parts and service.

Change is Coming, Make way for CD-R King LED Light Tube

Change is Coming, Make way for CD-R King LED Light Tube

Disruption in technology has changed the way we live. As the cliché goes “Nothing is permanent except change”. What seemed to be a harmless household product, later on proved to be harmful in the long run. Years after fluorescent was discovered, it was found that fluorescent gives off a small amount of ultraviolet light and that 8 hours of exposure under a fluorescent light is already equivalent to an hour of sun exposure.

Further studies also associate conditions like migraine, stress, mood swings and eye strain to prolonged exposure to florescent light.

Environment issues on fluorescent is also a great concern. Fluorescent contains a small amount of mercury. Careless disposal can affect the ecological system.

These studies has prompted most household to switching into CFL during the last few decades which was considered less harmful but still contains fluorescent, thus mercury is still present.

The invention of LED has saved us from the long term use of fluorescent. Nowadays, you will rarely see a household which still uses fluorescent light.

Luminosity factor

If household were very susceptible to changing from fluorescent to LED light, commercial offices proved to be less flexible since they question the luminosity of the proposed light.

Larger commercial space requires high luminosity that gives a higher light output. If broken down to lumens versus floor space, fluorescent will boil down to be a cheaper source.

LED light tube

Recent innovation has given a solution to the luminosity factor as it introduces the LED Light Tube, giving commercial offices the lumens they require minus the toxins.

LED light tube gives the same high light output of fluorescent with the benefits of LED technology.

CD-R King, your one-stop media provider with its effort to help protect the environment brings this innovation closer to the general public as they offer the technology at a very affordable price.

CD-R King LED light tubes are available in T-8 10watts (php120), T-5 18watts (Php150) and T-5 20watts (Php200), all of which can last up to 50,000 hours. LED light tubes can be purchase with casing or as a replacement tube.

Available in all CD-R King branches nationwide. For more updates, Like/follow them on FB: /cdrkingph.



Maintain the Glister of Your Pearly Whites

Aside from being the month of love, February was also the Dental Health Month.

Dental health is a very important health issue especially because not everyone realizes that poor dental health is linked to more than just aesthetics. Research has linked poor dental health to several other diseases from migraines, respiratory infection and even some cardiovascular vascular conditions.

The message is obvious—bad dental hygiene results in bad overall health.

Glister, Amway’s brand of oral health care, gives us a few tips to maintain the “glister” of our pearly whites:

Tip 1: Follow a strict oral hygiene regimen.  Brushing your teeth two to three times a day, is recommended.  Floss at least once a day to remove plaque and rinse with mouthwash right after, to kill leftover bacteria that may cause plaque. Finally, use a mouth spray in between as a refresher.

Tip 2: Invest in the right toothbrush—one that combines soft and medium bristles for a more effective brushing and one that will have enough reach to effectively clean in-between the teeth. Glister Advanced Toothbrush has a patented head design that contains more than 2600 bristles for effective plaque removal. It also has an ergonomically designed handle for easier grip when brushing.

Tip 3: Avoid over consumption of products that can stain your teeth such as soda, coffee and tea.  Brush or rinse with mouthwash immediately after consuming these beverages.

Tip 4: Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables like carrots, celery and crisp apples as they act as a natural way to clean tooth enamel without causing any damage.

Tip 5: Drink water frequently as this helps remove stain-creating plaque.

Tip 6: Visit your dentist at least twice a year for preventive maintenance. Remember, prevention is always better than repair and cure!

Amway’s complete dental health care system, Glister started as the toothpaste with special polishing and cleaning agents to make the teeth “glisten”.  It has a safe and gentle formulation that makes teeth whiter and brighter without damaging the tooth enamel.  It also promotes remineralization with every brushing.  Through extensive research and product development, the Glister line now includes Glister Multi-Action Toothpaste, Glister Advanced Toothbrush, Glister Concentrated Multi-Action Oral Rinse, and Glister Mint Refresher Spray.


Glister group product shot

Glister is exclusively distributed by Amway.


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