Cebu Food Crawl 2016 - Featuring Philippine Mangoes (the sweetest)

Cebu Food Crawl Profood Gallery Mango Museum and Factory Tour 

2nd Day (first stop)

With an early call time around 6:45 AM, I skipped breakfast at home and took with me a pack of crackers (sky flakes) in a taxi cab on my way to IT Park, our assembly area. But I can't fathom my hunger so I ordered a breakfast meal at the famous Jollibee while waiting for my fellow foodies.

Days prior, I have thought not joining the mango tour due to its early time schedule but I gave in anyway and didn't expect much until I was in the vicinity of 18 hectares of the mango factory -- I learned how mangoes and other fruits products are processed fresh from the farm and sold to various markets worldwide.

Profood International Corporation with its main headquarters and processing plants in Cebu (specifically in Mandaue City) gave us a group tour in the morning and we were so privileged for the opportunity to check various plants. Aside from Central Visayas, Profood has offices and plants strategically situated in different parts of the Philippines like in Bulacan, Ilo-ilo and Davao.

There's an entrance fee of Php 200 per head for a group of 25 excursionists (minimum no. to get a factory tour). Ours is waived and we are so thankful for that.

Philippine Mangoes (Carabao mango variety) are considered to be the best and sweetest mangoes in the world according to the 1995 edition of the Guinness Book of World Record. The country is also known for its various tropical fruits like coconut, pineapple, soursop (Guyabano), Banana, Papaya, jackfruit and a lot more.

Profood has almost everything in preserving fruits the natural and economical way from different products like dried fruits, puree, canned juices, preserves, puddings, jellies, sauces, frozen fruits or known as Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) and etc. They own a number of brands like Philippine brand, Cebu brand, Grace brand, Company J, Tampico and a lot more. 

Feel free to check their website here:

There are restricted areas in the plant where photos are not allowed, so here are a few shots I took during the tour where it is allowed:

I'll be your driver-tour guide

Receiving and Initial Sorting area

These sacks of calamansi will still get sorted manually

The workers manually select the "healthy" ones

This is a separate house where they store and also sort mangoes ready for juicing, puree and other processes.

Change of career to sell fresh tropical fruits...

I felt like a typical tourist

A mandatory selfie with mango tress at the background

Since Profood exports their preserved products worldwide, here's some shots I took from their Mango Gallery Museum:

So the next time you plan to visit Cebu, make sure to drop by at Profood Gallery Mango Museum and Factory

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