Bored of the usual sisig and mainstream hamburgers? Think you have that craving for exotic food? Try this croc-meat products created by a Filipino businessman.
Wilcon Depot founder and chairman emeritus William Belo, a Filipino construction supplies tycoon, started his venture into croc-food industry accidentally.
It only started out as a solution to dispose of egg-laying chickens, but has now turned into a gateway to millions.
Belo said he acquired an initial 1,000 crocodiles who would feed on chickens from his farm, because he needed to dispose of as many as 200 chickens at a time.
He now has 20,000 crocodiles in his Rizal province farm.
The croc-meat are turned into varieties like:
- Croc lechon
- Croc sisig and bicol express
- Croc tapa and tocino
- Croc sausages
- Croc burger patties
Aside from the food products, raw croc meat is also sold per kilo.
And what to do with the crocodiles’ skins? Aside from a crispy lechon or crispy croc lechon kawali (which are also available,) Belo said he has provided the reptiles’ skin to suppliers of Hermes and Louis Vuitton.
A Japanese business associate linked him up with suppliers to the two luxury brands.
“This Japanese buyer was selling to Hermes. When Hermes saw our skin, they got interested,” Belo said. He added that the buyer described his crocodiles’ skin as “one of the best.”
“We are dealing with another group, the Louis Vuitton group,” he said.
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DID YOU KNOW that crocodile meat is a great alternative to beef and pork?
Crocodiles are said to be a good source of lean protein. The meat has been described as a healthy meat source for humans due to its high protein and low fat composition. It also contains a significant amount of phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B12, niacin and monounsaturated fatty acids. It has been described as being mild flavored and firm in texture.