The Philippines is one of the top exporters of raw dried and processed seaweeds (carrageenan) in the world. It caters to major markets like the United States, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Mexico, Denmark, Thailand, Brazil, China, and Australia.
The seaweed industry in the Philippines started in the 1960s as a small-grower industry that provided livelihood in the coastal areas. Today, the aqua farms that culture seaweeds in the country have increased to 34,190, which generate an estimate of 170,950 jobs. Among the commercial species of seaweed produced in the Philippines include red seaweeds: Eucheuma cottonii and E. spinosum (for carrageenan) and Gracillaria and Gelidium (for agar-agar).
The development of the carrageenan industry started in Cebu, where they established a semi-refined carrageenan processing facility for pet food in 1978. After constant research and development, the first refined carrageenan processing facility was launched in 1986.
EXPORT AVERAGE GROWTH
• 24.70% export growth rate for seaweeds and carrageenan combined from 2009 to 2013
LM ZAMBOANGA UNITED TRADING
Casa Ñangan, Talon-talon, Zamboanga City Tel: (63.62) 992.3928 Fax: (63.62) 992.3928 Email: email@example.com Manuel G. Luy, General Manager Product Lines: carrageenan, semi-refined
MARCEL TRADING CORPORATION
926 Araneta Avenue, Quezon City Tel: (63.2) 712.2631 Fax: (63.2) 712-5879/ (63.2)712.1989 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com Website: www.marcelcarrageenan.com Michael Tan, President Product Lines: carrageenan
MARTSONS FOOD CORPORATION
P.O. Box 81323, Lizada, Talamban, Davao City Tel: (63.82) 291.0670 Fax: (63.82) 244.0453 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: martsonsfoodcorp.com Standards/Certification: Halal, CRC, ISO 22000 Michael Ang, President Product Lines: carrageenan, semi-refined
Tugbonga, Consolacion, Cebu City Tel: (63.32) 345.2571 Fax: (63.32) 345.2740 Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mcpicarrageenan.com Maximo Ricohermoso, President Product Lines: carrageenan, refined
SHEMBERG MARKETING CORPORATION S.E. Jayme St., Pakna-an, Mandaue City 6014 Tel: (63.32) 346.0789/ (63.32) 345.1042 Fax: (63.32) 346-0863/ (63.32) 346.1892 Email: email@example.com Website: www.shemberg.com.ph Standards/Certification: Kosher, Halal, ISO 9001:2000 Pierre Colin Dakay, Chief Executive Officer Product Lines: carrageenan, refined and semirefined
TBK MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
Barangay 76, Hollywood, Nula-tula, Tacloban City, 6500 Leyte Tel: (63.53) 321.6720 Fax: (63.53) 523.8880 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ben Kuan Tan, President Product Line: carrageenan, semi-refined
V.W. MARINE RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL
Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City Tel: (63.62) 990.2524 / (63.62) 341.4340 Cebu Office Fax No. (63.62) 992.7598 Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew Wee, General Manager Product Line: seaweeds
W HYDROCOLLOIDS, INC. 2nd Floor, W Towers, 39th St., North Bonifacio Triangle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Tel: (63.2) 856.3838 Fax: (63.2) 856.1033 Emai: email@example.com Website: www.rico.com.ph Standards/Certification: Halal, Kosher, HACCP, ISO 9001:2008, BRC Food Certified Contact Person: NORJIELYN STO. DOMINGO Designation: Sales & Marketing Manager Product Lines: carrageenan