Davao firm to export peking duck to Japan

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

DAVAO-BASED export company, Maharlika Agro-Marine Ventures Corp. (Maharlika), will be exporting 25 tons to 50 tons of peking duck every month to Japan starting this March.

Maharlika chair and chief executive officer (CEO) Vicente T. Lao, who guested in yesterday's edition of Davao Press Club's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao Annex, said they have signed a 12-month Sales Agreement Contract with Daigo Tsucho Co., Ltd. and Aono Fresh Meats Ltd., buyers and sole distributors of Maharlika peking duck products in Japan, at the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, Japan last March 7.

This is the first time the Philippines has taken advantage of its bird-flu free status and a first for a Filipino company to export Philippine produced peking duck products to Japan.


Lao said Japan usually source its peking duck products from the United States or Europe but now they are looking for sources in Asia because the cost of shipping is cheaper.

He said the industry is a good opportunity for Filipino companies to tap.
"Based on our trial shipment, our peking duck products were well received by the Japanese market," Lao said.

He said they did a trial shipment earlier this year to familiarize with the customs and regulations of Japan. He said they are exporting prime cuts like duck brests and legs.

Locally, they are shipping around 15 to 20 tons to restaurants in Manila every month.

Maharlika is importing 3,000 breeder ducks from Cherry Valley, United Kingdom every month. These ducks are brought to the breeding farm and hatchery in Bukidnon. Day-old ducklings from the farm are then transported to growing farms in Manolo Fortrich and in Arakan Valley.

After 45 days, ducks are harvested and brought to their dressing plant in Tamugan, Davao City. Some of their products are whole duck, premium breast meat, boneless leg meat, bone in leg meat, wing, fillet, and dressed Peking duck. These products are blast frozen and vacuum packed and are ready for shipping.

Lao said their breeder peking ducks in Bukidnon outperformed its counterparts in the UK. He said the ducks in Bukidnon are less stressed because of the two season weather in the Philippines compared to the four seasons weather in the UK. He said since the ducks are less stressed, they keep on laying eggs.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 18, 2014.


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