Viet Nam food firms set for India expo

Thursday, Jun 07, 2018 08:56

Jeevan Kandpal, the Indian consul in HCM City, introduces the Vibrant Tamil Nadu Expo and Summit in India at a meeting on June 6. — VNS Photo Trung Khanh

Many Vietnamese firms are set to participate in the Vibrant Tamil Nadu Expo and Summit in Madurai city, India, to seek information and business opportunities, a meeting heard in HCM City yesterday.

Speaking at the meeting, Jeevan Kandpal the Indian consul in the city, said the food industry-focused expo from August 12 to 15 would provide “opportunities to forge business partnerships world-wide.”

The expo aims to bring together all the stakeholders from “farm to fork” – a reference to farmers, food processors, manufacturers, traders, exporters and importers, and consumers -- he said.

India is the world’s second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, marine products, and meat and poultry.

It is the largest producer of milk with production estimated at 155.5 tonnes, or approximately 19 per cent of the world’s production.

Its food and grocery market is the world’s sixth largest, with retail contributing 70 per cent of the sales.

“Domestic consumption is immense, given the 1.3 billion population and increasing affluence,” Kandpal said.

It would be a lucrative food market for Vietnamese firms, he said.

“The Indian Government has relaxed norms for the sector, allowing up to 100 per cent FDI in food product e-commerce through the automatic route, and the wide consumer base should be a magnet for creating successful business ventures.”

Nguyen The Hung, deputy director of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s HCM City office, said food is among Viet Nam’s industries with the greatest potential.

“Food products not only meet domestic demand but are also exported to many countries and territories around the world. Viet Nam is becoming an important supplier of agricultural products and food globally.”

Hung hoped through the expo Vietnamese agricultural products, foods and beverages would enter the Indian market.

Vietnamese firms would also have the opportunity to network with international partners at the event, he said.

Nguyen Dinh Truong, representative of the Viet Nam Cashew Association, said cashew enterprises are very interested in the Indian market and, in addition to participating in the expo, would also want to visit leading cashew processing facilities there.

The District 5 Business Association said it would send a delegation to the expo.

K Thiruppathi Rajan, chairman of the event organising committee, provided information about the event and took questions.

Kandpal said bilateral trade grew by 35 per cent last year to $12.27 billion, and the two countries are striving to lift it to $15 billion by 2020. — VNS

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