Fresh Produce and Sustainable Tuna in Manila

Since 2005, Makati Shangri-La, Manila has developed sustainable food practices to deliver environmentally-conscious dishes with ingredients from both land and sea as part of the group-wide Rooted in Nature initiative. The hotel’s executive chefs fostered sustainable food sources by visiting farms and recommending the farmers plant certain crops and herbs that the chefs regularly use in their dishes. The chefs imported seeds for the recommended crops and herbs and passed them on to the farmers to grow, which the hotel in turn bought from the farms.

Makati Shangri-La, Manila also works with Old Kano, a vegetable supplier that has pioneered organic farming in the Philippines. Since 2005, the hotel has bought a wide range of fruits, vegetables and herbs from the supplier, including oregano, sweet dill, baby carrots, rocket lettuce and mint leaves. Now, over 80 percent of the hotel’s purchased fruits and vegetables are produced locally, in high quality and in sustainable conditions.

The hotel continues to look for more sustainable means of growing herbs on property. The chefs now utilize the outdoor seating area of Sage Bespoke Grill for a small garden that grows sage and rosemary. These herbs can be found in menu favorites such as the sea bass tartare, grilled salmon, tuna, lobster and other meats that are marinated and garnished.

Out in the sea, Makati Shangri-La, Manila has worked with Meliomar Inc. since 2014 to procure fresh tuna in ways that benefit local fishermen. Meliomar pioneered selective fishing in the Philippines in accordance with the marine council-certified guidelines. The company engages with community-based local fisheries around the Philippines, working directly with over 3,000 fishermen who have a combined total of 1,000 small fishing boats. The fishermen use the single-hook handline fishing method, which is one of the most selective methods for catching adult tuna worldwide, with bycatch rates of two percent.

To ensure informed fishery management decisions, Meliomar conducts the registration and licensing of vessels, the implementation of a catch documentation method and the establishment of a consistent process of data gathering to establish resource access. Meliomar’s sophisticated system of traceability and supply chain integrity monitors the tuna supply chain. Each tuna is individually tagged with a unique code that identifies each tuna to its fishing area and landing site, and stays attached with the tuna until final processing.

In addition, Meliomar Inc.’s parent company, Artesmar, provides technical coaching and training for fisherman and tuna traders for improved tuna handling and health safety practices to assure consistent quality of its products. The program improves the management of fisheries and supports coastal communities in securing productive marine ecosystems and livelihoods for future generations.

You can find dishes with fresh local produce and sustainable tuna at restaurants throughout Makati Shangri-La, Manila.