December 4, 2018
As Alberta continues to grow, the popularity of specialty foods is also rising. With a large Filipino population, several new products are becoming more widely available in our province and across western Canada.
Filipino Specialties Available at Co-op, Made in Alberta
Calgary Co-op carries several popular foods from the Philippines, including longanisa and tosino (tocino).
“Longanisa is a raw frozen sausage and the tosino is a sliced marinated pork sausage and it is basically a Filipino staple product. It is something that’s eaten in the morning sometimes for breakfast with eggs and sometimes for lunch, or in the evening with rice,” explains Gord Dejong, Vice President of Siwin Foods, makers of these and other products for Co-op.
Once Hard to Find, Longanisa & Tosino Now Available
Siwin noticed an increase in demand from Filipino customers, noting the sausages were once hard to find in Calgary, or only available at specialty shops. Siwin began working on making both longasina and tosino locally, with input from Filipino-Albertans for authenticity.
“We have a team and they’ll be looking at recipes, communicating with industrial leaders in ingredient supply, looking at some of the new ways of processing,” says Dejong. “We also look at how to make the product without any artificial colours, flavours as well as just reducing sodium, sugars, and keeping an eye on all of the latest food trends. Then, with the longasina and tosino specifically, we took it to the Filipino market for taste testing.”
Siwin also makes Co-op Gold potstickers and Siwin-branded dumplings, both found in the frozen food section. Ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible.
“All our pork is from Alberta, and we get our chicken here too,” confirms Dejong. “When it comes to vegetables, we are using a local company here that is processing the vegetables, and as much as possible those vegetables are produced right here in Alberta. In addition, all of our packaging is sourced from Canadian companies.”
Potstickers and Dumplings Are a Tasty Lunch or Appetizer
Dumplings and potstickers are a quick and easy lunch or snack. Since they’re frozen, they’re easy to keep on hand for when you need a quick meal. They can be steamed or boiled, or steamed, then pan fried to give them beautiful golden colour. Serve them with your favourite Asian-style dipping sauce, or make a simple dressing for them by mixing one part soy sauce to one part vinegar.
Siwin has a ten year relationship with Co-op, supplying food products that are both high quality and delicious.
“Co-op is a western Canadian company, as we are, so we take a lot of pride in our relationship with Co-op. We feel that their business philosophy is quite aligned with ours.”
Find these and other quality foods made locally by Siwin Foods at your local Co-op location:
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