Profood International Corp.: From Mango King’s Vision to A Global Trailblazer in Processed Fruits

In the heart of Cebu, where the sun-kissed shores meet lush landscapes, a tale of innovation, perseverance, and a passion for quality unfolded — the story of Profood International Corp. Acknowledged as one of the distinguished awardees at the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (CCCI) 120th Year Celebration Gala Night, this trailblazing company has not only transformed the processed fruit industry in the Philippines but has also left an indelible mark on the global stage.

The roots of Profood International Corp. trace back to Justin S. Uy’s early experiences in entrepreneurship, beginning with ventures into shell craft, fashion jewelry, poultry, and even mushroom cultivation. However, it was in 1978, at the age of 19, that Uy and a sibling embarked on a transformative journey into home-scale dried mango production. Armed with determination and ingenuity, Uy created drying machines and conveyors from scrap motor parts, laying the foundation for what would evolve into Profood International Corporation.

Profood, now the largest dried mango producer in the Philippines, boasts a diverse portfolio of dried fruits, fruit purees, juices, preserves, and frozen processed fruits. The company’s products have transcended borders and are exported to more than 50 countries worldwide. This global outreach has not only made Profood an economic powerhouse but also a symbol of quality and innovation, holding certifications such as ISO 9001:2015 QMS, BRC, HACCP, Kosher, and Halal.

Under the Profood umbrella, a constellation of companies has flourished, ranging from Tropical Fruit Asia Cambodia Company Limited to JIPROP Development Corporation. These ventures reflect not only Profood’s diversified interests but also its commitment to contributing meaningfully to various sectors.

Profood’s success story extends beyond the realms of processed fruits. The brand has ventured into tourism and hospitality with JPark Island Resort and Waterpark in Mactan Island, featuring a sprawling resort, waterpark, dining outlets, a casino, and more. This triumph in Cebu laid the groundwork for the development of the El Cascade JPark Bohol project in Panglao, Bohol.

The award comes as a recognition of Profood’s extraordinary 44-year journey, showcasing excellence, innovation, and sustainability in the processed fruit industry. Beyond its business success, Profood has significantly impacted rural communities by encouraging mango and fruit cultivation, providing employment opportunities, and leaving an indelible mark on the map of global trade.

Along with other captains of industry who shaped the business landscape of Cebu, CCCI is set to honor the Profood International Corp on December 6 at Nustar Convention Center, SRP, Cebu City.

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