The Philippine processed meat industry has six different product categories: fresh processed meat products, cured meat pieces, raw-cooked products, pre-cooked products, raw (dry) – fermented sausages, and dried meat. Major export products are sausages, corned beef, bacon, luncheon meat, and other indigenous meat products.
The country is a net exporter of processed meat products. In 2013, the industry generated US$ 47.3 million in exports. Major export markets include the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Japan, the United States, Canada, Guam, and Taiwan. The local industry imports around 85% of its raw material inputs. In terms of finished processed meat, majority of its output meets domestic demand.
There are 175 meat processors in the country, majority of which are located in the National Capital Region, Region III, and Region IV-A.
The Philippine Association of Meat Processors, Inc. (PAMPI) is composed of member companies which produce about 600 million kilos of meat products worth over P 90 billion. Canned and processed meat products manufactured include ham, hotdog, luncheon meat, sausage and bacon.
The manufacture of processed meat products as a commercial processing activity can be considered among the preferred activities listed in the IPP. Commercial processing covers the (1) extraction of higher value substances from agricultural and fishery raw materials through bioprocessing; or (2) conversion of agricultural and fishery products or wastes to a form ready for further processing or final consumption.
Commercial processing of agricultural products should involve the use of domestically-produced raw or semi-processed agricultural products, unless these inputs are not locally available (NLP) or are not in sufficient quantity (NISQ).
If using imported raw or semi-processed agricultural products that are locally-produced (LP) or in sufficient quantity (ISQ), the project may qualify for registration, provided that the finished/final product is for export, or the project qualifies for pioneer status.
The certification of meat products is guided by the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Scheme.
There is a Philippine National Standard for meat products.
The Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Project is a major component of the MSME Development (MSMED) Program of the DTI and aims to improve the productivity and competitiveness of MSMEs by providing them with machinery, equipment, tools, systems, skills, and knowledge under a shared system.
The SSF Project seeks to address processing and manufacturing gaps and bottlenecks in the value chain of priority industry clusters, particularly those in agribusiness.
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