Vietnam Foodexpo to showcase country’s food supply potential

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 10:06

Last year’s Vietnam Foodexpo. — VNS Photo

The annual Viet Nam International Food Industry Exhibition returns to HCM City from November 15 to 18 with the participation of more than 400 food and agricultural suppliers.

With a display area of 13,000sq.m and nearly 600 booths at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre, Vietnam Foodexpo 2017 will be the largest international exhibition for the country’s food industry.

On display will be fruits and vegetables (fresh, dried, canned, frozen); seafood (frozen, canned and processed); beverages (beer, alcohol); tea and coffee; food ingredients (rice, nuts, spices, additives, sauces ...); processed foods (confectionery, milk, dairy products, canned and processed foods, healthy foods); and food processing technology equipment.

It will have big names from the Vietnamese food industry such as Quang Ngai Sugar, Hanoi Beer, Sai Gon Beer, Lafooco, Bibica, Hai Ha Kotobuki Confectionery, Dong Giao Food, Sa Giang Food, Tan Nhat Huong Food, Nam Phuong Fish Sauce, Mekong Seafood, K-Coffee, Phuc Sinh Coffee, Tien Giang Tigifood, and VinEco Vegetables.

Many provinces and cities will also bring their typical local agricultural products and foods.

Besides the traditional display activities, Vietnam Foodexpo 2017 will also support trade exchanges, investment promotion, and distributor-importer match-making activities.

Thousands of high-value transactions were concluded at the 2016 Vietnam Foodexpo. — VNS Photo

Bui Huy Son, director general of the Viet Nam Trade Promotion Agency, which has been assigned by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to organise the exhibition, said: "With its prestige, Vietnam Foodexpo has become the most comprehensive one-stop trade platform, showcasing thousands of agricultural products and food brands from all over Việt Nam, from raw materials to deep-processed products with high added value.

“Vietnam Foodexpo is also a place where visitors can experience the colourful world of Vietnamese tropical food, among which are some top global export items by volume, learn about the thriving supply capacity of Vietnamese companies and expand business and investment opportunities.”

In recent years Viet Nam has emerged as an important source of agricultural products and foodstuffs for many countries around the world.

The Government is paying special attention to the development of this promising sector.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh said: "The food industry is one of the industries in Viet Nam with great potential, not only meeting domestic demand but also exports to many countries. Viet Nam's food products are gradually being recognised and are creating a good image in the world.”

Last year Vietnam Foodexpo received thousands of potential buyers from 38 countries and territories, including many key Vietnamese export markets such as the US, EU, China, and Northeast Asia.

Philippe Kechichian, a businessman from Portugal, said: "At Vietnam Foodexpo, I was able to select Viet Nam's most prestigious businesses and products, learned about their factories and production capacity and concluded several purchasing agreements.” — VNS

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