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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre (PTIC) in Sydney said Filipino products are now available in more mainstream retail stores in Australia. 

From Filipino sauces and mixes to vinegar, soy sauce, salty snacks, biscuits, rice noodles and other Pinoy favourites, giant retailer Woolworths is ramping up the number of store locations where Filipino products can be found in its international food section in response to a growing multicultural population and increasingly adventurous Australian mainstream consumers. 

From only a dozen stores in 2019, the distribution has now expanded to 60 stores across Australia, with more stores to be added within the next 3-5 years as more Filipinos and Australians seek out Filipino products to enjoy.

The Philippines’ trade representative to Australia, Alma Argayoso said that DTI aims to grow the market and make Filipino products more available not only to Filipinos but also to Australian buyers.

“The Filipino mom-and-pop shops will remain as they have unique offerings, style and culture catering to the Filipino community, but if we are aiming to target the majority of Australians, we have to be in the mainstream stores,” Argayoso added. 

Filipino product range in Woolworths supermarket in Sydney | Photo from PTIC Sydney
Filipino product range in Woolworths supermarket in Sydney | Photo from PTIC Sydney
Filipino product range in Woolworths supermarket in Sydney | Photo from PTIC Sydney
Photo from PTIC Sydney
Filipino products are proving to be popular in Woolworths Hampton Park | Photo: Alice Nicolas
Pinoy products are proving to be popular in Woolworths Hampton Park | Photo: Alice Nicolas

According to DHN Import/Export Trading, the company that has pioneered stocking Filipino staple pantry goods to Woolworths, the demand for Filipino products increased during the pandemic when lockdown measures were imposed. Stuck-at-home Filipino-Australians have turned into cooking more adventurous dishes and trying out new recipes.

“We predict that the demand for Filipino products will continue to increase even beyond the pandemic. There is an increasing awareness now about Filipino cuisine and the availability of products and ingredients in the mainstream supermarkets will further drive demand,” Bob Harris, the marketing consultant for DHN Trading, said in a recent interview. 

“Making the products available in mainstream shelves also offers unique opportunities and practical convenience for Filipino families where both adults work and for shift workers as Woolworths stores are open 7 days a week from 7 am to 10 pm or 12 midnight depending on the area,” Harris added.

The PTIC in Sydney, the overseas trade office of the Philippine government in Australia supports this initiative and stated that the government’s aim has always been to grow the market and make Filipino goods more available not only to Filipinos but also to mainstream Australian consumers. 

“Aside from traditional Pinoy favourites, other Filipino-made products, either branded or toll-packed in the Philippines, such as canned tropical fruit, fruit juices, banana chips, virgin coconut oil, coconut flour and other coconut products, are also available in the mainstream aisles of Woolworths,” Argayoso added.

Woolworths Stores with Filipino product range:

New South Wales/ ACT

  • Eastern Creek SM
  • Eagle Vale
  • Marayong
  • Cabramatta
  • St Clair
  • Mt Druitt
  • Singleton
  • Plumpton
  • Ingleburn
  • Town Hall
  • Rockdale
  • The Ponds
  • Conder
  • Blacktown
  • Cecil Hills
  • Prospect
  • Glenwood
  • Glenmore Park
  • Canberra Airport
  • Norwest – Circa Shopping Center
  • Emerton
  • Prestons
  • St Marys
  • Kogarah
  • Miranda
  • Jordan Springs

Queensland

  • Kippa-Rings
  • Bracken Ridge
  • Mt Isa (QRK)
  • Inala
  • Earlville (QRK)
  • Chermside Central
  • Taigum
  • Aspley
  • Calamvale

Victoria

  • The Avenue
  • Tarneit Gardens
  • Williams Landing
  • Hampton Park
  • Moonee Ponds
  • Deer Park
  • St Albans
  • Caroline Springs

Western Australia

  • Thornlie Square
  • Banksia Grove
  • Kalgoorlie
  • Cannington
  • Maddington
  • Spearwood
  • Newman
  • Wellard
  • Karratha City

South Australia/Northern Territory

  • Alice Springs
  • Casuarina
  • Katherine
  • Darwin City
  • Broken Hill
  • Nightcliff
  • Northgate
  • Karama

Feature photo from PTIC Sydney

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