Throughout the centuries, the Philippine culinary industry has evolved to become one of the most important players in the Asian food market as it openly embraces fresh new ideas without forgetting to hark back to the past for guidance. It isn’t a surprise that Salon International de I’Agroalimentaire or SIAL, the world’s largest food innovation observatory chose Manila to host its first-ever ASEAN leg in 2014.

Following the success of the first installment, SIAL ASEAN picked up where it left off as it officially opened its doors to its 2nd edition last June 17 at the World Trade Center Manila for three full days of food extravaganza.

Poised to be bigger and bolder than the last, visitors can expect an all-inclusive business class food event geared towards providing fresh new insights through an impressive line-up of product displays and live demonstrations from 350 exhibitors and international pavilions, insightful pocket events and seminars such as SIAL Seminars and La Cuisine.

Moreover, it also seeks to serve as a platform to build new connections among local and foreign networks as it provides the most ideal venue to conduct B2B opportunities with nearly 10,000 attendees from all corners of the globe.

A platform to showcase the most innovative products being offered by the market, the SIAL Innovation Awards is a key SIAL event that offers visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to discover trends and promising new products before everyone else does. Reserved only for SIAL exhibitors, a distinct jury will validate the eligibility of the products according to the criteria of novelty on the Asian market, its innovative quality, and how it benefits the consumers.

At the SIAL ASEAN Gala Night, the awarding ceremony for SIAL Innovation was held. And emerging as the grand winner was Kokos Coconut Cheese, which was selected for its original and unique recipe of cow cheese with coconut cream. But what truly made the product stand out is its unique hand-made coconut cream ingredient that is rarely found as a cheese product ingredient.

The result is an outstanding yet simple product that can be enjoyed as a snack or as an ingredient. Indeed, Kokos Coconut Cheese displays the harmonious marriage between heritage and modern innovation as it infuses familiar native ingredients into a western and modern concept to come up with something unique and exciting for the global food market.

Only on its second year, SIAL ASEAN 2015 is definitely a game-changer for the local food industry as it inspires innovation and excellence through pocket events such as the SIAL Innovation Awards. Ongoing until June 19 at the World Trade Center Manila, don’t miss the chance to take part in a world-class food exposition that seeks to elevate the food industry to global heights.