“I started working at age 12, out of need. I lost my father and my mother was just a sidewalk vendor. After school, I would do odd jobs,”
In 1969 French inventor Louis Doyen invented a plastic bag that could stand upright. This plastic bag was called as Doypack. Doypack became popular food packaging material.
Alfredo was a son of street side vendor in Philippines, who lost father at the age of 12. Alfredo was hard worker and with the money he saved he managed to start a printing press. On his trip to Europe he happened to see Doypak, he was very impressed with it and purchased Doypack machine and brought it to Philippines. But fruit juice vendors were not interested in this kind of packaging.
Alfredo refused to give up and with his friend started making fruit juice on his own. He called his juice Zest O. The brightly coloured packs were big hit and soon Zest O captured 80% of fruit juice market.
Alfredo also owned an airline company called Zest Air.
“Raising pigs in the backyard was the most successful livelihood program, but the pigs got sick so he had to do something to keep them alive”
Grecilda Sanchez-Zaballero, daughter Gregorio Sanchez
Gregorio G. Sanchez was Civil Engineer in Philippines who was concerned about poor quality of pigs that were sold in market for meat. Using pots and pans and his home as laboratory he did research on reasons for poor health of pigs. He found that pigs were suffering from bacterial infection. To counter that he discovered a probiotic bacteria, this “good bacteria” improved the health of pigs. Gregorio called it LactoPAFI bacteria. He then formed a company to sell bacteria based products including health drinks.
“Tony was only 23 years old or so when I met him. But already, he was equipped with the wisdom and patience and persevering attitude of a 70-year-old man. He would listen to any one who had ideas, and would casually nod as if he didn’t know them. To this day, he remains the same: humble, always listening, but ready to take a calculated risk.”
-Manuel Lumba, Marketing Consultant
Tony Tan was Chinese immigrant who came to Philippines to seek fortune. He started with ice cream parlour. Along with ice cream he decided to sell hamburgers, French fries, sandwiches etc. Soon these became more popular than ice cream. He then closed ice cream business and concentrated on fast food. He modeled his chain on Mc Donald. He named his retail fast food chain as Jolliebee and smiling red bee as logo. Jolly for happiness and bee for hardwork.
Today Jolliebee is leading food chain of Philippines.