On June 4, the press was invited to Unilever’s launch of its series of online videos — now on their Food Solutions website — at Abe’s Farm in Magalang, Pampanga in the foothills of Mt. Arayat. Unilever Food Solutions, geared towards helping the food industry, previewed their series of short features on current food trends in SouthEast Asia.

“As the food service arm of Unilever, we at Unilever Food Solutions believe it is our mission to keep chefs and restaurant operators, big or small, equipped with the knowledge and skills to run their food business successfully,” shared Unilever Food Solutions Philippines Marketing Manager Seanta Reyes. “The Food Trends videos at UFS.com are intended to help food business owners and operators. We believe that for them to stay in touch with customers, they need to stay in touch with the latest trends in the industry – that’s what Food Trends aims to provide.”

Innovation and the Internet were very much at the forefront of the presentation. Over a sumptuous and authentic Pampangueño lunch, the press was treated to an exposition by the UFS team on how these two aspects can boost the success of a food enterprise in the midst of stiff competition.

Food is increasingly gathering importance in the tourism industry, with people traveling not just for sightseeing but for the local food. Internet exposure is a must for the commercial kitchen as foodies surf the Net for interesting eats. Eye-catching food presentation is also important, with the number of people taking photos and sharing them on social media.

Another trend is to have serving portions for tasting and for sharing. As people become more adventurous with food, they certainly want to experience new flavors but not necessarily eat a full portion. Smaller serving sizes allow the clientele to sample a variety of dishes, and sharing a common plate with friends and family makes the dining experience more convivial.

The chef demonstrated innovation with a dessert called “Sekreto ni Maria”. What looked like a bowl of velvety macapuno ice cream  sprinkled with panocha shavings turned out to conceal  mango slices. A pleasant surprise and certainly a new way to serve ice cream.

Unilever hopes the video series will make it easier for restaurant owners and chefs to satisfy their clientele and expand their business. The launch of the Food Trends online video series provides the much-needed resources to keep up with the quickly evolving industry.

For more information and to watch the Food Trends online series,
simply go to www.UFS.comfoodtrends.