Selecta’s humble beginnings can be traced to the Arce family’s ice cream parlor in Manila in 1948. Its ice cream was well-known for its creaminess, authentic flavours, and unique gold can packaging, qualities that remained throughout the years.
In 1990, RFM Corporation bought Selecta from the Arce family to form Selecta Dairy Products, Inc. Known for its sharp entrepreneurship, RFM catapulted the rise of Selecta as a serious contender in the ice cream market — always ahead in product innovations by creating new and exciting flavours like Cookies and Cream, Halo Halo, Ube Macapuno, and Chocolate Almond Fudge, and supported by heart-warming media campaigns that depict Selecta as an ice cream that creates family bonding moments. In 1997, Selecta became the market leader in the Philippine capital, which accounted for 60% of the nation’s ice cream consumption.