Bacolod UCC Clock­work eyes to help lo­cal farm­ers

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

newly-opened Ueshima Cof­fee Company (UCC) Clock­work at the Philip­pine Na­tional Bank Life Build­ing on Lac­son Street in Bacolod City is eye­ing to help Ne­grense farm­ers, es­pe­cially of cof­fee, by even­tu­ally sourc­ing out lo­cally-pro­duced raw ma­te­ri­als.

Its fran­chisee Steve Choa, who is the pres­i­dent and manag­ing direc­tor of ACC Top Food Ventures, in a media brief­ing at the café and restau­rant, said they are cur­rently sourc­ing out cof­fee beans in­ter­na­tion­ally and lo­cally.

Choa, who is from Bacolod City, said the head of­fice UCC Philip­pines is ac­tu­ally work­ing with cof­fee farm­ers in the coun­try, but not yet in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

“It is my dream to pro­mote and sup­port cof­fee grow­ers in Mount Kan­laon,” he said, adding that there are many cof­fee plan­ta­tions in the area but not yet in­cluded among those with known names and brands.

The busi­ness­man, who is a cof­fee en­thu­si­ast, said lo­cal cafés share the goal to even­tu­ally sup­port and ed­u­cate farm­ers in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal when it comes to cof­fee pro­duc­tion and pro­cess­ing so they can also scale up the qual­ity of their prod­ucts.

“It might be a long term goal as it takes years to de­velop the farms as well as other pro­cesses,” Choa added.

Opened last July 25, UCC Clock­work - Bacolod is the first branch in Western Visayas.

It is the third franchise of ACC Top Food Ventures next to Ver­tis North and Cliff­house Ta­gay­tay, and forms part of over 30 UCC branches in the coun­try.

UCC is known for its dis­tinct Ja­panese-style cof­fee-mak­ing that makes use of premium-qual­ity beans.

Choa said Bacolod is city that is known for

hav­ing a dis­crim­i­nate taste when it comes to din­ing.

He said UCC is ready to sat­isfy the Ba­colod­nons’ cravings for good qual­ity cof­fee and de­li­cious food.

“I am very proud to bring in a cof­fee shop of this cal­iber and level here in Bacolod. I want to level up the qual­ity and exposure of cof­fee in the city,” Choa said, adding that they want to boost third wave cof­fee which is still lack­ing in Bacolod City.

Aside from cof­fee, UCC Clock­work also of­fers a full menu that in­cludes Filipino and Ja­panese in­spired food op­tions in its lo­cal cof­fee shops. It of­fers pas­tas, pas­tries, and main dishes pre­pared with the same care and qual­ity as its cof­fees.

In the bid to also help boost the lo­cal culi­nary sec­tor, the fran­chisee said the café and restau­rant also con­sid­ers to even­tu­ally in­tro­duce food and cuisines with Bacolod and Ne­gros touch.

That could be another salient fea­ture of our Bacolod branch com­pared to other UCC stores in the coun­try, Choa said.

“In terms of market ad­van­tage, we of­fer an am­biance of homey and com­fort along with the qual­ity food and ser­vice,” he added.

Founded by Tadao Ueshima, the Fa­ther of Cof­fee in Ja­pan, UCC was in­tro­duced in the Philip­pines by en­tre­pre­neur Hu­bert Young in 2000.

In a mes­sage de­liv­ered by UCC mar­ket­ing man­ager Tet Bach­mann, Young said “it is prov­i­den­tial that UCC is now in Bacolod to bring to the City of Smiles our world renowned good cof­fee smile.”

UCC Clock­work in Bacolod City is cur­rently open­ing at 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Sun­day to Thurs­day and from 7 a.m. to 12 mid­night on Fri­day and Saturday.

But start­ing July 28, it will be open from 6 a.m. to 12 mid­night to cater to more cus­tomers es­pe­cially those jog­ging at the Capi­tol Lagoon./epn

ER­WIN P. NICAVERA PHOTO

ACC Top Food Ventures pres­i­dent Steve Choa (stand­ing left) and his sis­ter manag­ing direc­tor St­effi Choa (stand­ing right) with UCC mar­ket­ing man­ager Tet Bach­mann (stand­ing cen­ter) dur­ing the media brief­ing at the UCC Clock­work – Bacolod branch yes­ter­day.

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