WANDERLUST| Scrumptious gifts from the bay

THE BOUNTIES of the Sarangani Bay brand is synonymous with the rich marine life of its namesake, a body of water located at the southern tip of Mindanao. The pristine waters of Sarangani Bay is home to aquaculture industries, such as Sarangani Bay, under Alsons Aquaculture Corporation, still the Philippines’ largest processor and exporter of premium quality bangus and other processed seafood products.

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CABRERA and Aportadera with members of the Davao Digital Influencers

“Bangus has always been out top product but we also have our pampano, sea bass and shrimps. For many years, our products are displayed and can be bought and tasted in various food services channels, such as restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, and catering services. We’re proud to say that they’re all export quality,” said Jose Marie Cabrera, export and marketing head of Sarangani Bay Products (VisMin).

Cabrera recently made a tie-up with with restaurateurs Allen and Chiqui Aportadera, owners Peppers Iberica, in re-introducing their products to the market.

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MEMBERS of print and social media at Peppers Iberica

“We partnered with restaurants to develop new recipes. This time, we want to offer something different,” Cabrera added. Peppers Iberica is the first restaurant that they have teamed up with but they have already started to collaborate with other local restaurants as well.

Sarangani Bay’s partnership with Peppers Iberica yielded new items in the menu, such as their mouthwatering Grilled Bangus ala Pobre, Steamed Seabass, Seafood Paella, Giant Gambas, and the Special Sarangani Pasta

“We have already included them in our menu, and our diners are enjoying them,” shared Chiqui Aportadera.

According to Cabrera, Sarangani Bay products include their fresh frozen unseasoned, fresh frozen marinated, cooked and frozen, bottled milkfish, fresh frozen export, and fresh frozen (cream dory, Vannamei shrimp, bangus) lines.

“We also have marinated products in our cooked line, such as smoked, relleno, embotido, sisig and tocino bangus. A number of hotels used our products in their breakfast spread, such as ouor daing na bangus,” he added.

Sarangani Bay grow their own pampano, bangus, tilapia, shrimps (Vannamei) and sea bass in their own farms in Sarangani, assuring quality and freshness of their products. For over 25 years, they have established their expertise in managing their own fry hatchery, brackish water ponds, sea cages and processing plant. Their products have passed the US Food and Drug Administration and European Union food safety standards and complied with ISO:22000 Food Safety Management Standards, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (FDA), Current Good Manufacturing Practices (FDA) and Halal quality and safety standards.

The tie-up also coincided with Peppers Iberica’s first anniversary. The restaurant, located along Mabini Street Extension, is known for their Iberian Chicken, Babyback Ribs, and Bagnet.

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