Tour wants Filipino editors to know why US wheat is best for PH | Global News
Close  

Tour wants Filipino editors to know why US wheat is best for PH

/ 04:28 AM June 17, 2016
The_combine_Claas_Lexion_584_in_the_wheat_harvest

WIKIPEDIA

SPOKANE, Washington – American farmers and flour millers from the Philippines touted Pacific Northwest grain to visiting Filipino newspaper editors, explaining why it’s best to purchase wheat from the region.

A group of newspaper editors from the Philippines are visiting June 9-18 as part of a U.S. Wheat Associates tour.

ADVERTISEMENT

Consumers in the Philippines prefer soft, high-rising bread, cookies with spread and soft pastries – attributes best provided by wheat from the Pacific Northwest, said Ric Pinca, executive director from the Philippine Association of Flour Millers Inc.

The Philippines last year unseated Japan as the largest market for soft white wheat, grown almost exclusively in the Pacific Northwest. It purchased more than 800,000 tons last marketing year, which ended May 31.

FEATURED STORIES

Customers in the Philippines also bought more than Japan several years ago. The Philippines was also the top buyer for hard red spring wheat, said Shawn Campbell, assistant director of U.S. Wheat’s Portland office, according to a Capital Press report.

Import of U.S. wheat to the Philippines is expected to rise as the Philippine economy improves and more flour mills are constructed to meet market demand. The market for flour has increased by 5 to 6 percent annually.

So far, the editors’ tour has included a tugboat ride on the Willamette River, an export elevator, the Federal Grain Inspection Service, Washington State University breeding program and greenhouses and shuttle-loading facilities in Lewiston, Idaho.

The U.S. wheat producers said Philippine news media have “outsize influence” on public perception Often, Filipino millers face public pressure for the high price of wheat. The tour wants editors to learn how much attention is paid to producing high-quality grain.

The wheat producers also want to show why grain from competing countries may be cheaper but not as reliable as U.S. grains. Pinca said that should explain why Filipino wheat marketers tend to buy exclusively from the United States.

Subscribe to our global nation newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Federal Grain Inspection Service, Filipino editors’ tour of US wheat industry, Philippine Association of Flour Millers Inc., Philippines wheat consumption, Philippines wheat imports, U.S. Wheat Associates
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our global news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.