Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Our Foodtrepreneur of the Week: Mr. Benny



#FOTW: MR. BENNY


Every week, Sugbo Mercado introduces fresh brands that are sure to take a place in your appetites. This is a compilation of our foodtrepreneurs, their stories, and their plans for the future.





Mr. Benny is all about shaved ice cream cultured by the Taiwanese but we upgraded it to make it our own Chinese shaved ice cream. Our bestsellers are chocolate, mango, and matcha. 

We were inspired to start Mr. Benny because we want to share the culture of the Chinese. We noticed that we have a lot of sorbetes ice cream here in the Philippines but not much shaved ice cream. We want many Filipinos to experience our style of shaved ice cream.

         We chose Sugbo Mercado specifically because its market has so much potential in it. People of all ages always visit Sugbo Mercado. I also think that this dessert that we offer can become popular through the weekend food market. We have been with Sugbo Mercado for only 4 months and so far there have been good times and bad times. I believe that success is maybe seasonal because there are certain events here in Cebu and the weather is always changing.




As for the future of Mr. Benny, I have many plans.Other than opening in SM Seaside, maybe we will expand our branches. We might put some in Davao and maybe some in Mandaue.



- Patrick del Rosario of Mr. Benny; Our Foodtrepreneur of The Week. Visit Mr. Benny at Sugbo Mercado, Garden Bloc of IT Park. We are open every Thursdays-Sundays 5pm-1am. See you there at #YOURweekendFoodmarket!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Our Foodtrepreneur of the Week: Rainbow Smoothies



#FOTW: RAINBOW SMOOTHIES


Every week, Sugbo Mercado introduces fresh brands that are sure to take a place in your appetites. This is a compilation of our foodtrepreneurs, their stories, and their plans for the future.



Rainbow Smoothies contain more than 10 mixed fruits in each cup. When customers see our product, they really get what they see. We have different fruits like dragonfruit, apples, melons, watermelons, grapes, and a lot more. We call it Rainbow Smoothies because it looks colorful. 


We opened the store just about a month ago. We went to Thailand early March where we got inspired by their concept of an all-natural multiple fruit shake. We saw a lot of customers come to their store which meant a lot of people like fruits. We ourselves like fruits a lot, and since people at present prefer to be healthier than usual, we decided to open up here; no one had the same concept in Sugbo Mercado, or even in Cebu. We tried applying to get in Sugbo Mercado, and fortunately, we got in. 



Sugbo Mercado was the first place that popped into our minds when we were thinking of a place to put up our business. It’s a little expensive compared to other locations, yes, but the population reach is more important for us. If we pay less for rent but end up having a handful of customers, then we would be at a loss. Unlike in Sugbo Mercado, that even if we spend a lot, we’re guaranteed a lot of customers and our capital goes back to us. 

We’re definitely planning to add more products to our menu someday. We discovered other food concepts in Thailand as well, like mixing kiwi and ginger and other kinds of flavors in a cup. Just as long as it’s all-natural and healthy, we’re considering all the options we can find.

We’re on our fifth week and so far, it’s been good. All our stocks are sold out by the end of the day, and that’s enough to cover a lot of our expenses. We want to open in other branches, and even a lot of our friends are interested in franchising our brand. Although I’m not considering it now because it’s too early, I’m up for planning and opening other branches later on in the future. 


- Mary Rose Aldemita and Cecile Mayot of Rainbow Smoothies; Our Foodtrepreneur of The Week. Visit Rainbow Smoothies at Sugbo Mercado, Garden Bloc of IT Park. We are open every Thursdays-Sundays 5pm-1am. See you there at #YOURweekendFoodmarket!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Our Foodtrepreneur of the Week: CHEESECAKE STORY


#FOTW: CHEESECAKE STORY


Every week, Sugbo Mercado introduces fresh brands that are sure to take a place in your appetites. This is a compilation of our foodtrepreneurs, their stories, and their plans for the future.




Cheesecake Story is, like it’s name, all about cheesecake. It’s concentrating more on being unique, and concentrating on the flavor itself. I noticed that there are a lot of desserts right now that just concentrate on being sweet. I, on the other hand, would like to let people taste different levels of sweetness. 

The bestsellers are Banana Gone Nuts and Albuquerque, most probably because the blend of flavors is sort of like a match made in heaven. Cheesecake is sweet, and I pair it with dark chocolate, so it’s not as sweet as others. Banana Gone Nuts contains walnuts, caramel, and bananas. Albuquerque just contains almonds, so it’s a good mash of flavors, because the almond gives the crunch to the frozen cheesecake. In some way, it sort of becomes ice cream because it melts in your mouth.


Banana Gone Nuts

You know one of those points in your life where you look down at yourself and you’re just looking for your purpose? I was at that point. I thought to myself, “Oh my gosh, I’m not going anywhere.” Then suddenly, it just came to me. I saw a video of  Sugbo Mercado place a year ago, and I’ve always wanted to try it out, but I wasn’t given any opportunity back then since there were a lot of issues. This – now – is the right time. When I came in Sugbo Mercado, they were very encouraging to push me to enter The Market as well. It hasn’t been smooth sailing, but I can say that it was meant to happen, because everything is already laid out.

Sugbo Mercado is almost all about food, and foodies come here all the time. Sugbo Mercado concentrates on the uniqueness of food. It has a good market, where I can serve my not-so-ordinary cheesecakes. People usually take photos of their food before eating them, which makes this market more advantageous for my brand’s marketing.

I actually just hit a month recently here in Sugbo Mercado. I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback from people which is what’s important to me right now. Business doesn’t boom as soon as you start; it often has slow progress. Right now, it’s good enough. 

I haven’t thought much about the future since I’m concentrating on the now. To be honest, I tend to freak out when thinking about it so try to avoid it. What I do is I take it one day at a time. Sugbo Mercado is opening The Market soon, and they’ve offered me a stall there. I’m thinking about that now, whether I should go for it or not. It’s business, so there’s a lot of risks.



- Kristine Cruz, owner of Cheesecake Story; Our Foodtrepreneur of The Week. Visit Cheesecake Story at Sugbo Mercado, Garden Bloc of IT Park. We are open every Thursdays-Sundays 5pm-1am. See you there at #YOURweekendFoodmarket!