Philippine coconut products to be on display in Russia, Belarus

March 08, 2019
Emmanuel Piñol

THE Philippines’ coconut products will be displayed in supermarket outlets in Moscow and Minsk during the week-long campaign of the Department of Agriculture (DA) starting March 18 to introduce  coconut products to the Eastern European market.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said  on top of the  long list of coconut products to be displayed is the country’s iconic cooking oil brand Minola.

Piñol added that  coconut products will be the second commodity to penetrate the vast Eastern European market which includes the Russian Federation and the former Soviet Union countries following the visit of President Rody Duterte to Moscow in May 2017.

He said  Russia has earlier allowed three Philippine companies to sell fisheries products, especially Tuna, while three more firms are expected to be given the green light soon.

The San Pablo Oil Mill in Batangas is the one producing the Minola brand.

Piñol said  according to Monaco-based Russian businessman Igor Malyshkov, who is in the Philippines now for a week-long visit, said the Coconut products will be displayed in two outlets of a supermarket chain which has about 15,000 branches all over Eastern Europe.