Cav Banana, et al

We export all-in pack

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You can email me directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com

We also offer Banana Chips, Coconurt  Sugar, Banana Chips, Pineapples, etc.

Investors and New Importers eyeing Philippine Bananas

I have been entertaining investors since last year and the most recent are from UK and Asia Pacific.  They are not interested to see the corporate scenes in Makati.  They rather see Davao.  They asked me to accompany them in Davao Philippines. Inspite of flight delays, humid climate and inconvenient location, they enjured all the hassles just to see the banana plantations in Davao, packing facility and export potential.  Upon seing it, they abruptly said, “WOW!”   I was asked, “how come we  found out about you and the banana plantation only now? ” They were amazed how big the plantation was, as big as a country.
And last week they returned in spite of the negative issues raised by a giant country to Philippine banana industry.   It’s a mistake that many fruit growers only now realized that dealing to this nation is a big risk.  Although many banana growers are losing hope because of the effects of the negative news brought about by rejection of a giant nation incidentally claiming part of Philippines as its territory.  Believe it or not, the investors see differently with enthusiasm and big hopes for Philippine banana industry.  They  said I need to open my eyes and widen my horizon.
With the negative news being thrown to Philippine banana industry, I am receiving more buy inquiries now than before. They are mostly from Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and a few from South Indies, and some of them are investment proposals.  They don’t see pest rather they see big opportunities and big return on investment.  Philippine banana industry is still standing and I see a future in it.
It’s not a secret that Japan is the biggest importer of Philippine bananas and it is a fact that Japan is one of the strictiest importer.  Japan should be the first to reject Philippine bananas if the pest issue is rampant and United Nation or World Health Organization should be the first to announce it, as what they did when they discover “sars” and “bird flu” in China and HK.
American and Japanese brand firms controlled and operate most of the plantation of bananas in the Philippines (e.g. Del Monte, Dole, Chiquita, Sumifru, etc.).  These firms are in control of the industry since the early 1900.  We know for a fact how strict US and Japan are and if you can visit, you won’t even be allowed to enter the plantation without being quarantined. These plantations is one of the well managed plantation in the world that is why Philippine bananas is more expensive than what you can get in South America, India and Africa.  European clients told me the difference is found in taste and quality… Philippine bananas are proven deliciously sweeter and the quality is better.
Allow me to share my answer to one of my buyer’s question, …”how can you prove the other clients that the bananas have not been infected?”
1.  No plantation in the world have zero pest that’s why the government in cooperation with big brand firms and growers are in partnership as prevention is better than cure.  
But since banana plantation in the Philippines are majority controlled by American and Japanese firms, they put investments to make sure that pest are controlled.  And if there is, I can assure you that it is just an isolated case and the government has identified where it is.  We are all warned of the location so we don’t get our supplies on those pinpointed region.
2. Identified safe zone and reputable farms passes through regular inspection and will not be granted cerfitication if they do not pass criteria:

a. All banana trees have label or tag for inventory.  Growers and Inspectors know easily if there is pest or disease because it passes regular inspection and the records are put on a database including test results, soil condition, history, number of times treated, number of times it was fertilized, records of defects if any, totality of banana tree from roots to stem to leaves, who is the owner, who is the people involve, etc.
b. All fruits have label or tag and area all recorded in a database to quickly identify if one has disease or pest or not.
c. International Quarantine standards are practice and no outsider can come in without passing through the procedure.
d. If the plantation did not pass quarantine or was identified under unsafe zone, it won’t be given Accreditation from Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters.
e.  No exporters are awarded with Export License without its farm supplier passes the inspection of Quarantine Division of Philippine Department of Agriculture.
3. Banana fruits has cover for protection against insects and pests.
4. We assigned quality inspector/look out in the field to make sure that the bananas are freshly harvested at right age and passed international quality standards.
5. We are in partnership with a number of selected credible farms and packing house.  Our packing procedure are under big brands quality standard… 
…and our workers immediately reject banana fingers or bunch with found reject qualities.
 
6. Bananas are again inspected at loading site even they are already in boxes (Sampling process and counter checking of banana quality)

…sensor test (special container)
container provider’s specialist supports testing on bananas
8. Phytosanitary certificate is a must.  We will not be issued with Phytosanitary certificate if inspector found rejects at farms on boxes inside the contianer.
9.  We formulate our own packing and loading report for buyer’s assurance that we are checking every step of the way. 
10.  Buyer/Consignee are protected by a contract.
Below are the kind of defects we not allow to be packed:

PIT MARKS

BROKEN NECK

MALFORMED

KNIFE CUTS

NIPPLE END

POOR FRUIT

PUSED FINGER

DIRTY FINGERS

FINGER ROT

FALSE RIPE

FRUIT ROT

OTHER FUNGUS

SCALE INSECTS

MEALY BUGS

BLACK BUGS

CHEMICAL RESIDUE

DIAMOND HEAD FRUIT SPOT

MATURITY STAIN

CHEMICAL BURN

SCABS (BROWN)

SUNBURN

SPLIT PEEL

Note:  There is so much cheating in this business and the ones who do not make sure who they deal with before the spot buy are the common victims of cheating in many form.   

Cavendish Banana – we can deliver to as far as Russia and Europe

Cavendish Banana origin Davao Philippines

(same quality as offered by big brands)

Week 15 price:

Class A 456 hands (big hands) = US$7.70/13.5kg box

Class A 789 hands (small hands) = US$6.10/13.5kg box

Price change without prior notice.

We have an experienced delivering to as far as Russia and Bulgaria.

You may inquire directly at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Have your farm or plantation in Tagaytay Philippines

Tagaytay is one of the favorite among tourist and retiree for  for its cool climate, peaceful living and majestic view.  Taal lake (view from Tagaytay) is considered one from top 10 most beautiful lake view in the word.

**The writer of this post/blog does not claim ownership to the photos (excerpted from google images)

Aside from the view, Tagaytay Philippines is perfect location for farm and plantation location as below photos and I encourage you to give it a try…

(the writer of this post does not claim the ownership of the photos shown (excerpted from Google images)

There’s more and Invite farm investor and enthusiast for a joint venture.  If you are interested, I can provide business plan or feasibility study for the crop you desire to cultivate.

You can contact me at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Delicious Sweet Banana from Davao Philipines

There are lots of brands out there.

These are just some of the known brands.

We offer OEM or we can allow buyer’s brand/label to be printed on the box and fruit sticker.

Rest assured that you will be satisfied as we supply same quality with known brands at a lower cost.

Our difference is obviously in its distinct delicious sweet taste.

You may contact me for more details at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

For your assurance that I am sincere, we can meet with buyer’s-importer’s representative.  Below are the actual operation photos (from plantation to packing house).  I am willing to visit buyer’s office and can bring samples but I need  support by means plane ticket and initial budget as I need to pay the actual packed bananas and pineapple and for my basic allowance for my accommodations and necessities).  I believe I also need letter from buyer to present to immigration upon my arrival in country destination as proof that the items are for sample request (or buyer-importer can just shoulder the DHL cost).  With the samples, I am also willing to give presentation clear folder with documented photos and past shipping documents and my company details.  If there are things the buyer require as proof of my sincerity, kindly mention so I can comply.
As we can also facilitate other products from Philippines, I need to know what among which is needed.  The best way to lower cost is through minimal investment or joint venture with me.  The current pricing now is at its highest rate but will normalize to low soon.  If you are interested, rest assured that I will be supplying KNOWN BRAND QUALITY as my team are former workforce and plantation source of one particular known brand.
Note:  my sincerity goes beyond my words.  Rest assured that I do extra mile and after sales service.
Let me know what you think.  I am willing to provide breakdown and or/or feasibility study and business plan for your assurance that I am sincere to you.  Below is the actual plantation location and facilities used depending on bulk of requirement (I personally took the pictures)


The plantation is as far as your eyes can see and 1 week is not enough to tour the area.
Note:  We do not own the plantation but we are in partnership with a reliable legal cooperative.
Below are small type of packing facility for spot buys:
Below are bigger facility we lease for regular volume buyers:











Below is the continuation in the packing operations:






Below are the type of pallet.  If buyer wants his/her order to be palletized, added charges is required.
We also facilitate offer pineapples and other products from Philippines
You can email me at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com
pls click to link below for our joint-venture proposal:
https://fyi09.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/banana-import-export/

Banana Import Export

Business Venture Proposal

Product:
My primary offer is Cavendish Banana origin Davao Philippines, for export to countries in Europe, Middle East Region and Asia Pacific. I already exported to Bulgaria, Iran, Dubai, Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt.  I aspire to work for you and export to Singapore, South Korea and China as it is nearer than Europe and Middle East. Proof of my past deals are available upon request.
Introduction: 
I already established an outsourced team in Davao and they function efficiently even though I administer remotely.  As Singapore is very near Philippines and is consider the hub for commodity trading, I can easily monitor shipments and payment by just having my needed home office with computer and communication gadgets.  I have two brother Singapore (software Engineer and Civil Engineer).  Rest assured that they will assist in any way they can but I need to either joint venture or work in Singapore.

Business Model:
Trading Company with sales-admin office in Singapore, export operations in Davao Philippines
Why in Singapore?  … Singapore is strategically located near our target countries in Asia Pacific and Davao Philippines and declared by World Bank as the cheapest place to set up a business. As such, it will surely be cost effective as the Sales-Admin office will only be set-up at the proponent’s rented flats-residence (No need to rent an office space in a corporate building).
fyi.  An Investor/Joint Venture Partner need not invest large amount right away on this business as I will capitalize on buyer’s down payment.  I can accept whatever can be given as support as initial investment.   
Revenue Model:
– Direct Sales Offer
– Join Trade Fair
– Continue Existing Operational Facility in Davao Philippines
– Sales Office in Singapore (near Davao Philippines)
Cavendish Banana Export Business Outlook:
The Philippine banana industry is the 5th largest export industry in the country and the 2nd biggest in Mindanao. In terms of local tax contribution, the banana industry remitted about PhP389 million worth of local taxes in 2008, including Business tax, Real property tax, Residence Certificates of Employees, Withholding tax of employees, Withholding tax at source, and Income tax.
The Philippine banana export industry is the 3rd biggest in the world and the only Asian country among the top 5.
The local industry is not spread out around the country; rather, it is concentrated in Mindanao, the southernmost island among the three main islands of the Philippine archipelago. Beginning in the 1960s in Davao del Norte, the industry has now spread in eleven (11) provinces in Mindanao with some 50,000 hectares of farmland used for planting bananas. In 2008, about 150 million boxes (each box weighing a gross of 14 kilos) were exported to the industry’s main markets, which are: Japan, Korea, HongKong, New Zealand, Brunei, China, Singapore, the Middle East, Indonesia, Russia and Canada. Some of the export-quality bananas are also sold in the Philippine market.
Reference/Excerpt from:  Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association website
Income Potential:
This business is capable of earning twice within a period of 1 year, 2.5 times that within 2 years and 3 times that within 3 years due to increasing demand. Although India is the number one exporter (may be because of lower price offer), main advantage of our offer is its taste and quality and it is widely favored in many countries.  Feasibility and/or Business Plan is available upon request by an Investor
Proponent
**has been into this business since 2007, with more than 15 years in the corporate business sector.  The company is named in the Philippines… “Sembawang Trading” after it went to Singapore on 2005.  He was mentored by a Singaporean.

The Company
Sembawang Trading initially acted as a go-between agent for the importers and exporters. 

Ownership
Sole Proprietorship (proposed to joint venture with an Investor to re-register to Corporation)

Mission
– Reliability to our customers
– Consistency in our service
– Profit enhancement for our
  shareholder’s benefit
– Social benefits to people
  we work with and churches
  we are supporting

Vision
Philippine Cavendish Banana Cultivation and Export, the Singapore way
Proposed Brand/Label:

Available upon request
Growth Strategy

Manageability
The proponent is mature and creative enough to handle complex projects.  The company is very much  flexible and with its venture partner and local team to hand the operations, it can work-out shipment demanded by it clients.
Costs
The price may vary depending on specification requirement, season, and terms.  Nevertheless, this business has its ways to provide rational evaluation of costs.


Competitive Advantage
·  Highly Competitiveness
·  Visible
·  Sincere
·  Offer lower cost of product/s
· Customer care from start to after sale
· Initiate shipment monitoring and risk management
 
Competition
Competition in this line of business is very slim as the market is global.  Nevertheless, the expectation is very high (export standard) so this business sets its mission in reliability, consistency and profitability to be very focus on customer satisfaction simultaneous with partner cooperation and shareholders’ contentment.  Otherwise, the buying client can easily look for other supplier.

Happy Banana New Year!

Other ways to help

Pictures tell it all why most Filipinos are in grief, instead of party mood in anticipation of Christmas season. The author does not claim ownership to the following photos. 

Many have cancelled their Christmas parties and instead of celebrating the season’s festive mood, a lot have decided to donated whatever they can afford for the victims through government agencies,  private sector and non-government initiative services (mostly cash, food, clothes).

I appreciate how Filipino values unite us in this time of difficulty.. everyone tries their best to reach out to the victims.  Many are already concentrated to immediate needs giving.  It’s the best thing to do at the moment and I am thankful that many did that.   But if  you are thinking of donating with focus on rehabilitation and long term support, I suggest you also take into consideration the famous quotation as many are already concentrated to immediate needs of victims:

“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he can feed himself for life.”

Per my own knowledge of the area, poverty and abuse of mother nature is the main reason for this devastation. This includes illegal logging, irresponsible mining and abuse of rivers for their livelihood.   The provinces involved are actually rich in natural resources but many are still into poverty due to lack of knowledge and capital funding.

If a foundation or someone is willing to invest, I can extend my support through my experience in Feasibility Study making, Business Plan making and establishing of Packing House Trading Business, Consultancy work and Fund Management in leading donor or investor to reliable people or institution for a longer term development plan.  I can help but I need support for few days/weeks stay in the chosen area inclusive of transportation and miscellaneous expenses.  In my previous visit in the region, many are cheaters and scammers exploiting good people intention.  Donors or institution needs someone who will represent them for their security and their donations.  Same with the buyers and importers, they also need someone who knows the area to avoid being victimized.

I facilitate export of Cavendish Banana, pineapple, sea foods, vegetables and products in the region of Mindanao.  One (1) container van order of banana alone help a lot of localities in the are to move forward with their lives (e.g. many are employed as packing workers, quality inspector, workers from container provider, truck driver and owner). The government earns through taxes.  Below are my previous works and with minimal grant for research and capital funding, many people will have work and earnings for long term effect.  With my business plan or feasibility study, I/you can help many families and Investors/Donors will earn as well through return on investment.   My past work is not to be given right away.  I need grant-support to make what is appropriate for that area. The grant-support will be used for miscellaneous & travel expenses to stay for days or probably weeks, at the same time to know who are eligible to receive grant funding such as private individual, institution or cooperative.

Feasibility Study and Business Plan are both available

I did this Moringa Plantation and Processing Feasibility and Business Plan for developers in Tanzania Africa but was also requested in other countries.   I need further grant if one investor require advance embryo cultivation as this needs to capture the technology from one farm in the Philippines.

Maize/Corn Cultivation and Milling

Hardware and Software Development (Japan Technology)

Rice Grain Trading

Scrap Metal Export and Smelting

I can make one for other type of investment potential.  I can also facilitate livelihood seminar workshop and other form of donation management through the local Pastors and Christian Churches I can tap.   Till to this day, I am in support of  Pastors, churches and communities within my reach through various projects I personally organized (e.g. donation of pencils to school children and Sunday Schools, Free Vitamin A to fight malnutrition as supported by Sight and Life Switzerland, grocery items for Pastors, Newsletter support, Livelihood seminars, Cancer patient support, etc.)

If I can be of help to you or to your foundation, I am willing to offer my services.  I can be reach through my direct email:  denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Images are excerpted from Google images

Moringa Business Outlook, Business Plan et al in Video and Powerpoint

Below are the cover image for Power Point Presentation version (also available in PDF format)

Actual presentation are with my original works, including other business lines as Hardware and Software Development Business Plan, Cavendish Banana plantation and export, etc.  I could be reach through my direct email:  denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Rice Retailing Business Plan

It seems many Filipinos are desiring to enter into business but most don’t know where to start as they don’t know how to make a feasibility study or business plan.  Just this month, I already made 2: one is a Software-Hardware Development Business Plan and the other is Rice Retailing.  Both of which are former OFW or Overseas Filipino Worker.  I was told that they have the experience and ability but lacks capitalization so they would want to grab what OWWA and Land Bank of the Philippines is offering to them.    First I made a full blown Feasibility Study but they were told to only submit 2-3 pages.  With my experience with BID Network, I was able to immediately provide a Business Plan Fact Sheet or the summary format.  With my experience, I was able to help and earn though not all can pay as many only ask for my help.  So far, below are the list of topics I produced for requestors in London, Africa, Philippines and other countries:

1. Cavendish Banana Cultivation and Import-Export potentials

2. Moringa Cultivation and Processing

3. Hardware-Software Development and Audio-Video Image Capture and Analysis (embedded technology programming, Windows programming for iPad/iPhone applications and high level image capture used for satellite imaging, missile targeting system, digital camera technology, etc.)

4. Maize Cultivation and Milling

5. Rice Trading

6. Setting-up your business in Singapore

7. Setting-up your business in the Philippines

On progress:  Soya Beans Cultivation and Sorghum

 

If God willing, I will joint venture with a funder to formalize my Consulting business as there are times that I need to site visit locations for further research and analysis.  My desire is that one day I could establish my consulting company either in Singapore or in Tagaytay City Philippines.  I am willing to collaborate with other firms and big companies for a sutainable consistent work with promising income potentials.

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