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August 3, 2015

RP pastry business grows as Pinoy taste evolves; Red Ribbon capitalizes on Filipinos’ predisposition to turn the ordinary into unforgettable sweet moments

In a survey released in 2013 by the Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI), the number of manufacturing establishments for 2010 reached more than 16,000. Interestingly enough, manufacturers of breads, pastries, cakes, pies and other similar perishable bakery products accounted for 20.3 percent or more than 3,000 of the total number of establishments.

This was a far cry from a time when small, independent neighborhood bakeries catered mostly to residents of small towns and barangays to the massive industry that it is today where bakeries are now conspicuously present in malls and other large commercial areas.The industry has grown to what is now a large scale concern also evidenced, not only the proliferation of many branches by the key players, but also by the entry of foreign brands.

The growth of the industry has not only been a source of employment; it has been responsible for changing the way Filipinos eat and enjoy food that was, only a few decades ago, not the usual fare.

“Decades ago, the usual merienda would be the regular Filipino fare, the kakanins,” said Zinnia Rivera, general manager of Red Ribbon. “Today, cakes, pastries and breads have now become common food items in Filipino homes and enjoyed every day.”

As one of the leading bakeries in the country, Red Ribbon has endeavored to make the consumption of cakes, breads and pastries a regular fare.

What sets the company apart is its inherent understanding of the market that allows it to innovate its product offerings to better delight customers.

Aside from its best-selling favorites like Black Forest, Triple Chocolate roll, Butter Mamon, and Dedication Cakes, Red Ribbon leads in developing flavors and variants that celebrate the many occasions Filipinos observe such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Easter, and the like.

“We have always made it a point to understand what our consumers want and what resonates with them especially when celebratory occasions are concerned.” Rivera added.

Rivera said that the company is a firm believer in reinventing best-selling items into limited edition offerings that celebrate a much-loved occasion.

Its classic and novel sweet offerings have never failed to impress and endear the brand to its consumers because it touches the heart where it matters.

“I believe that that the ability to re-invent our products is what keeps us relevant to our consumers,” she added. For instance, we have developed many new variants of mamons and cakes that have since become favorites such as the Cookies and Cream Mamon, Caramel Mamon, Choco Banana Split Cake, and Dedication Cakes, just to name a few.”

Today, Red Ribbon remains a much-loved brand in the minds and hearts of its customers because it has succeeded where it matters most: in being a part of everydaysweet moments for Filipino families for many years now.

And for as long as Filipinos come together, Red Ribbon will remain relevant and will always lead in evolving the way we strengthen family ties.

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