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02/04/2012: GrainPro Executives Express Support for PHL Food Security Needs

Ambassador Jose Cuisia (third from left) poses with (l-r) Agriculture Attache Dr. Josyline Javelosa, GrainPro Board Member Chet Atkins, GrainPro President Philippe Villers, GrainPro Board Member Gus Schumacher, and GrainPro Government Relations Director Matthew Sparkes.

02 April 2012, Washington DC.  Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Philippine Agriculture Attache to the U.S. Dr. Josyline Javelosa received officials from GrainPro, Inc. at the Philippine Embassy on March 29, 2012.  They included three of its board members, namely Philippe Villers, who is at the same time the company's president, Chet Atkins and Gus Schumacker; and the company's director for government relations, Matthew Sparkes. They discussed collaboration opportunities to promote global food security through post harvest improvements, especially in less developed countries, while mutually supporting Filipino and American commercial interests in GrainPro.

GrainPro's representatives shared that the company was founded in 1992, headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts, and established a manufacturing plant in 2007 in Subic, Philippines. It is now supplying farm and village level pesticide-free hermetic storage units that prevent loss of germination capacity on stored seed without refrigeration. These safe storage solutions reduce postharvest losses of grains, seeds and other dry commodities for both small and large farmers, and processors, are all being produced in the Philippines. These are now being used in 87 countries all over Africa, Asia, and Latin America and their patented (or patent applied for) products are known by their brand names Cocoon, Supergrainbag and TranSafeliner. The company has focused its corporate mission on providing a response to the costly impact of post harvest loss.

GrainPro President Villers also emphasized the company's four cares -- its customers, employees, communities and the environment.

Dr. Javelosa acknowledged the good work that GrainPro is doing in the Philippines and in less-developed countries and noted the positive feedback received about their products.

Ambassador Cuisia expressed keen interest in potential collaboration opportunities that can support GrainPro in further expanding its operations in the Philippines. The Ambassador sees GrainPro as a good commercial partnership model showcasing Philippine-made technology and U.S. capital at work in jointly providing food security solutions particularly in the developing world.  END