House probes ‘Sukang Pinakurat’ trade war.

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News Dec. 14, 2010 source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12/14/10/house-probes-trade-war-over-sukang-pinakurat

MANILA, Philippines – Competition has apparently turned sour literally between a condiments giant and a startup competitor over sukang pinakurat, a special variety of spicy vinegar.

Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casino, chairman of the House of Representatives committee on small business and entrepreneurship development, said his committee will probe how one of the giants in the condiments industry has allegedly been allowed to strangle a small, Mindanao-based suka manufacturer.

Casino said he has filed House Resolution 577 to investigate the violations committed by Southeast Asia Foods, Inc. (SAFI), makers of Datu Puti Pinoy Kurat Spiced Tuba Vinegar, of the tradename and trademark of Green Gold Gourmet Foods, Inc., original maker of the Suka Pinakurat brand.

SAFI is listed as the manufacturer and distributor of Datu Puti Lines, Mang Tomas, Golden Fiesta Cooking Oil, and Nelicom Lines, among others. It is said that SAFI is lording it over the condiments market.

In contrast, GGGFI is a small suka manufacturer based in Iligan City. Its main product is the Suka Pinakurat, which they registered with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office in 2006, Australia’s Intellectual Property Office in 2008 and the United States Patent Office in 2009. In a statement and in a press conference with House media, Casino said Datu Puti Pinoy Kurat appears to violate Section 123 of the Intellectual Property Code (Republic Act 8293) which states that a mark “cannot be registered if it is identical or confusingly similar to an already registered mark. As such, it may be considered a trademark infringement, which is a form of unfair competition.

“In effect, DTI and [Intellectual Property Office] has allowed SAFI to grossly push aside a successful small business brand by eating into its hard-earned niche in the local and even the international market, he added.

Casino said the DTI should prohibit Datu Puti Pinoy Kurat from selling their version of Suka Pinakurat until the matter is resolved. “It is only right that we hear this to come up with new policies that will prevent big businesses from eating up the success of small corporations, he said.

Iligan food products excite global palate.

Friday 25 September 2009 08:40 source: http://www.malaya.com.ph/sep25/livi1.htm

The Philippines is filled with food treasures yet to be found. Lanao del Norte, a small province in Northern Mindanao for one, has been conquering the global palate for its suka pinakurat or spicy coco vinegar. “What is good about pinakurat is its exotic taste coming from natural ingredients,” shared Peppo Stuart Del Rosario one of the siblings who manages the local company, Green Gold Gourmet Food Products. Coco Vinegar is a staple condiment in Philippine households yet through innovation the company was able to add value to this popular Filipino sawsawan (dipping sauce). The company developed the old-fashioned vinegar into a distinct line of gourmet vinegar.

During the childhood of the Del Rosario siblings, the vinegar concoction of their father was only used as a home flavoring. It was only later when the family decided to venture into a coco vinegar business. Nine years in the trade and still flourishing, the intense spice of their pinakurat and other flavors was used not only as a condiment but also as salad dressing.

Green Gold Gourmet coco vinegar can also be enjoyed in other variants such as waykurat or sweetened coco vinegar and kuratsoy or pinakurat with soy sauce.

When asked about what sets pinakurat apart from other coco vinegar manufacturers the Del Rosario kin simply explained that the special process of fermentation and the blending of the right amount of ingredients used are what spell the difference. “Plus it is made by the golden hands of people in Iligan and Lanao,” he added.

This year, palatable gastronomic delights unique to the country were showcased in the International Food Exhibition Philippines. Through the show, CN Trading, a company connected with the Island Pacific Supermarket chain in West Coast California thought of importing the product.

Another local company, Manga Miyamaratiyaya Ki Isa, Inc. (MMKI) from Iligan City, is a church foundation that aims to provide livelihood to the Maranao, Cebuano and Higaonon farmers of Digkilaan, Iligan City. The farmers grow their raw products without the use of fertilizers. MMKI only uses pure dried leaves of herbal plants like lagundi or five-leaved chaste tree, tanglad or lemongrass, ampalaya or bitter melon, malunggay and many others, thus living up to its name of providing perfectly natural herbs and healthy teas in the Philippines.

MMKI’s herbal teas and capsules were made without the use of inorganic chemicals and additives therefore ensuring quality food supplements. During IFEX Philippines, Romy Ramos of Milagrosa Foods and Grains Company Ltd, distributor of Filipino food and products in the UK placed big orders of both pinakurat and MMKI, and was particularly interested on MMKI’s herbs that are organically grown in the mountains or hills of Digkilaan, Iligan City.

Green Gold Gourmet and MMKI are just two of the food companies featured under the IFEX Philippines Partner Region Program. PRP is an initiative of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions that aims to assist micro, small and medium food enterprises from the different regions of the Philippines in food packaging, systems development and product promotion under the IFEX banner. This years partner region is Northern Mindanao.

Under the program, Northern Mindanao generated $ 2.3M worth of export sales from local and overseas buyers such as United States, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Middle East and Australia. Other luscious offerings from Lanao del Norte that captured the local taste were Cherry Michelle’s soft to the bite silvanas pastries and healthy sterilized milk from Lanao Foundation Inc.

For more information on IFEX Philippines, visit www.ifexphilippines.com

Pinakurat is coming soon to USA!

Thursday, 02 April 2009 17:54 Nathan Yap

In July 2007, Green Gold Gourmet and FBC Worldwide have forged a partnership that will finally bring Pinakurat to the US market! Since their initial meeting, FBC Worldwide has been going through an extensive and complex approval process with the US Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA).

Although it has taken much longer than initially expected, final FDA approval is expected within the next 6 weeks. While the wait for the FDA approval is almost over, FBC has been quite busy in setting up a distribution network for the pending Pinakurat release. So far, they have received applications for distributorship from California, Texas, Hawaii, Illinois, Florida, and New York. If any other distributors are interested, they may go to http://www.PinakuratUSA.com for more information. Stay tuned for pending announcements, for a new Pinakurat bottle may be available in your local Filipino Food Mart or restaurant!

Green Gold Gourmet (based out of Iligan) is managed and operated by Rendo del Rosario. FBC Worldwide LLC has offices in Houston (led by Nathan Yap) and in Cagayan de Oro (led by Nino Duran).

New Iligan plant for spiced vinegars creates job for locals.

Saturday, 20 December 2008 09:05 source: http://balita.ph

ILIGAN CITY, Dec. 18 – President Gloria Macagagal-Arroyo will be the guest of honor at the inauguration on Friday of Green Gold Gourmet Corporation’s (GGGC) food processing plant here that was constructed to address the growing demand for the company’s unique and innovative food products.

The President will join local government officials and members of the business community in cutting the ribbon formally opening the GGGC’s food processing plant in Barangay Puga-an, this province.

Completed in October 2008, the 1,184-sq.m. factory building that sits on a 4,292-sq. m. lot can produce 10,000 bottles of Suka Pinakurat a day, more than double the capacity of the original GGGC plant in Pala-o, also in Iligan City.

The GGGC produces three kinds of Suka Pinakurat the sweet vinegar with soy sauce called Kuratsoy, the hot spicy vinegar called Way Kurat, and the chili garlic sauce Chigar. The company also produces garlic chips and shrimp paste (Naprik bagoong).

The GGGC products are sold in key cities of Davao, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, and other areas of Mindanao and Visayas. Distribution centers in Metro Manila and in some areas in Luzon have also been established.

GGGC’s products have long been a favourite “padala” for Filipinos with relatives abroad. Recently, export consolidators have made GGGC products available in some Filipino stores in the United States, Canada and Australia.

GGGC a 100-percent Filipino-owned family business — is the brainchild of Rene del Rosario, the inventor of “Suka Pinakurat,” a spicy vinegar made from pure fermented coconut nectar and spices that are native to the farmlands of Iligan.

Started in 2000 as a “backyard business” of the del Rosarios in their residence in Pala-o, Iligan City, GGGC has grown into a multi-million-peso business of a hardworking Filipino family that believes in President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s advocacy of providing livelihood and job opportunities for the people.

As of today, GGGC employs close to 200 residents of Puga-an and nearby barangays who work for the company as “managguetes” (gatherers of sap from coconut or palm trees), spice and chili farmers, and junk bottle and carton box gatherers. (PNA)

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PGMA gives recognition to a ‘backyard business’ that has grown into a multi-million enterprise.

Saturday, 20 December 2008 09:05 source: http://balita.ph

ILIGAN CITY, Dec. 18 – President Gloria Macagagal-Arroyo will be the guest of honor at the inauguration on Friday of Green Gold Gourmet Corporation’s (GGGC) food processing plant here that was constructed to address the growing demand for the company’s unique and innovative food products.

The President will join local government officials and members of the business community in cutting the ribbon formally opening the GGGC’s food processing plant in Barangay Puga-an, this province.

Completed in October 2008, the 1,184-sq.m. factory building that sits on a 4,292-sq. m. lot can produce 10,000 bottles of Suka Pinakurat a day, more than double the capacity of the original GGGC plant in Pala-o, also in Iligan City.

The GGGC produces three kinds of Suka Pinakurat – the sweet vinegar with soy sauce called Kuratsoy, the hot spicy vinegar called Way Kurat, and the chili garlic sauce Chigar. The company also produces garlic chips and shrimp paste (Naprik bagoong).

The GGGC products are sold in key cities of Davao, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, and other areas of Mindanao and Visayas. Distribution centers in Metro Manila and in some areas in Luzon have also been established.

GGGC’s products have long been a favourite “padala” for Filipinos with relatives abroad. Recently, export consolidators have made GGGC products available in some Filipino stores in the United States, Canada and Australia.

GGGC, a 100-percent Filipino-owned family business is the brainchild of Rene del Rosario, the inventor of “Suka Pinakurat”, a spicy vinegar made from pure fermented coconut nectar and spices that are native to the farmlands of Iligan.

Started in 2000 as a “backyard business” of the del Rosarios in their residence in Pala-o, Iligan City, GGGC has grown into a multi-million-peso business of a hardworking Filipino family that believes in President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s advocacy of providing livelihood and job opportunities for the people.

As of today, GGGC employs close to 200 residents of Puga-an and nearby barangays who work for the company as managguetes (gatherers of sap from coconut or palm trees), spice and chili farmers, and junk bottle and carton box gatherers. (PNA)

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PGMA inaugurates ‘Suka Pinakurat’ processing plant.

Saturday, 20 December 2008 08:40 source: http://www.op.gov.ph

ILIGAN CITY – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated today Green Gold Gourmet Corporation’s (GGGC) “Suka Pinakurat” processing plant in simple ceremonies held at the plant’s site in Barangay Puga-an here.

Joining the President in the ribbon cutting and marker unveiling ceremonies of the 1,184-sq.m. factory building on top of a 4,292-sq. m. lot were Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz and 1st District Rep. Vicente Belmonte.

After the inaugural ceremonies, the President was given a tour of the plant’s facilities and briefed on the various stages in the processing of the famous Suka Pinakurat by GGGC owner Rene Stuart del Rosario.

GGGC – a wholly Filipino-owned family business – is the brainchild of Del Rosario, the inventor of “Suka Pinakurat,” a spicy vinegar made from pure fermented coconut nectar and spices that are native to the farmlands of Iligan.

Started in 2000 as a “backyard business” of the Del Rosarios at their residence in Pala-o, Iligan City with a startup capital of only P28,000, GGGC has grown into a multimillion-peso business.

Rene del Rosario said he’s doing his part of providing livelihood and job opportunities to his fellow Filipinos in response to President Arroyo’s advocacy for increased job opportunities throughout the country.

GGGC employs about 200 residents of Puga-an and nearby barangays as “managguetes” (gatherers of sap from coconut or palm trees), spice and chili farmers, and junk bottle and carton box-gatherers.

The plant produces four kinds of Suka Pinakurat – the original spicy suka pinakurat, suka pinakurat with soy sauce called Kuratsoy, the non-spicy vinegar called Way Kurat, and the chilli garlic sauce Chigar.

The company also produces garlic chips and shrimp paste (Naprik bagoong).

The GGGC products are sold in various cities, including Davao, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, and other areas in Mindanao and the Visayas. The company has also established distribution centers in Metro Manila and in some areas in Luzon.

GGGC’s products have long been a favorite “padala” for Filipinos with relatives living abroad. GGGC products are also available in some Filipino stores in the United States, Canada and Australia.