Alex Lichaytoo, co-founder of Bacchus International, was recently knighted by the Italian government with a Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Order of the Star of Italy) in recognition for his contributions in bridging Philippine and Italian cultures.
Lichaytoo, together with his brother Clifford, established Bacchus International, Inc. in 1995 with the goal of bringing premium wines to the country. Over the years, Bacchus became a household name in the Philippines for its excellent collection, which prompted the brothers to expand their business to introduce the best Italian food products to the Philippine market.
Bacchus International then brought Lavazza coffee, De Cecco pasta, Venchi chocolates, and Caputo 00 Pizza flour among others to our shores.
Bacchus International has continued to expand. Lichaytoo has worked tirelessly to establish significant collaborations with renowned chefs such as Chef Margarita Fores, herself a newly knighted Filipino from the Italian government.