Sunday, May 24, 2015


Aquabest, the country’s leading water refilling franchise is poised to launch its new condominium store format at the upcoming 2015 Franchise Asia Philippines.

The company is a long-time member of the Philippine Franchise Association and is considered to be among the leading players in the water franchising industry. The company recently developed a new condominium centric store format in response to the changing trends in the market.

The company recently opened two condominium based stores in SMDC developments namely SM Sea Residences and SM Blue Residences. These stores have a combined water station and laundromat setup.

Compared to conventional Aquabest stores the condominium store format has a larger floor area and has an increased emphasis on the laundry business. Prospective franchisees also have reduced delivery expenses since there is a large captive market available in the respective developments that house the stores.

The company has launched the new store format in response to the changing market trends. The strong growth of the Philippine property market has fuelled the growth of high density high rise vertical developments which has transformed the market.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Jardine Distribution Inc. BiyahEdukasyon goes to Panay with Mango Growers

True to its commitment to partnering Filipino farmers, Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI) recently organized another “BiyahEdukasyon” bringing Mango growers to Iloilo City, Guimaras and Boracay, in the bustling island of Panay. 

“BiyahEdukasyon,” literally translated as educational trip, is an institutionalized program of JDI that is exclusively offered to its partner farmers who have been loyal customers for years. 

Participants of this year’s “BiyahEdukasyon” attend an Integrated Pest Management Seminar organized by JDI and its different sponsors.
“Byahedukasyon has been our way of pursuing continued education for our partners outside of their farms.  Aside from providing farmers solutions through the products that we offer, we believe that by providing them opportunities to learn more about their crop and exposing them to other income-generating ideas, we are able to help them in their business.  This in tern ensures that the partnerships we have with them are sustained,” says Kaye Aguilan, JDI product manager.

JDI and sponsors hold an Integrated Pest Management Seminar during this year’s “BiyahEdukasyon” to give back to the company’s loyal customers. (From L-R: David Lobo of Sumitomo Chemicals, Minako Nakatani of Nihon Nohyaku, Lawrence Yu of Sumitomo Chemicals, JDI President Edwin Hernandez, and resource speaker and BPI-NMRDC Senior Agriculturist Yondre Yonder.)

A total of 90  participants from the provinces of Pangasinan, Batangas, Davao, North Cotabato, Saranggani, and Cagayan De Oro took part in the trip.

The event included a seminar on integrated pest management and an actual demonstration of bagging mango fruits to prevent damage from pests at the National Research and Development Center Guimaras.  This was followed by a tour of the  MacNester Food Products, a food processing facility using Mangoes as one of its main ingredients for many food products; The participants were treated to an island hopping tour at Boracay and capped by a dinner by the beach courtesy of  Summit Agro International, one of JDI’s partners for its Mango brands.

JDI’s loyal customers who participated in this year’s “BiyahEdukasyon.”

Key Mango customers were also recognized during the trip.

“It was a fun and meaningful trip for the participants. We made sure that they would not only learn but also enjoy the activities held throughout the trip. After all, our loyal customers only deserve the best—like our products and this trip,” said Aguilan.

This year’s “BiyahEdukasyon,” with a theme “Mango Gilas sa Guimaras,” is composed of different activities including a seminar on integrated pest management, an actual bagging demo, a tour of the MC Nester Food Products, Boracay Island Hopping, and Applaud Night.

 JDI, a member company of Jardine Matheson Group, represents a number of leading brands in crop protection, local and foreign-made pesticides, plant growth regulators, hybrid rice seeds, and vegetable seeds.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Aquabest the country’s leading water franchise is pleased to announce the awarding of its new batch of scholars under its Corporate Shared Values (CSV) program.

Under its CSV program the company offers scholarships to the children of its deserving employees.The company has always placed an emphasis in the welfare of its employees and their families. This is driven by the company's realization that its people are its prime assets and as part of its Christian values. 

 Every year the company sets aside funds to help with the education of its employees in good schools that offer quality education. With the scholarship grants, the children of its employees get to realize their dreams and reach their full potential. 

Since its inception the scholarship program has assisted dozens of children in getting the good education needed to succeed in their life. This year's scholars are: Fitz Geralde Palomar, Grade 2 at Creative Learning Center Educational Foundation Inc., Danica Marie Boton, 2nd year high school at Fortunato F. Halili Agricultural School and Scarleth Jane Cayetano, Grade 3 at Merry Mount Preparatory School.