Visitors at ​2015 Vietfood & Beverage and ProPack int'l exhibition (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Both domestic and foreign food and beverage enterprises will have a chance to promote trade and expand business while attending the Vietfood & Beverage and ProPack international exhibition, scheduled for August 10-13 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The exhibition will feature 500 booths of 425 new and well-known firms from 20 countries and territories worldwide, including China, Germany, Malaysia, Poland, Taiwan (China), Thailand, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam, said the Vietnam National Trade and Advertising Company (Vinexad).

This is also an opportunities for well-known domestic businesses like Habeco, Sabeco, Tan Hiep Phat Group, Vissan and Vifon to consolidate their positions on the market along with introducing their latest products, seeking partners and learning about customers’ demands.

This year, domestic manufacturers will bring to the exhibition clean products cultivated and processed in line with environmentally-friendly and non-toxic standards such as organic rice, honey, bird nest and cereals.

Highlight of the event will be the display of processed poultry products from the Associations of Poultry Processor and Poultry Trade in Poland and the European Union. The associations’ member businesses will provide consultations on bio-farming methods as well as new methods in food processing and preserving.

Business-to-business (B2B) meetings will be organised during the exhibition to connect domestic and foreign poultry businesses.

The food and beverage processing industry has great potential in Vietnam. Being a tropical agricultural country, Vietnam has abundant resources – a significant input for the processing industry. A large domestic consumption market with low labour costs coupled with strong equitisation of food enterprises has made the sector full of vitality, according to the organising board.

The exhibition was first held in 1996. After 19 exhibitions witnessing significant and rapid changes in the market, from the initial purpose of serving consumers' basic needs, the food and beverage industry has become a sector with considerable market share accounting for 15 percent of the gross domestic product, and it will continue to grow.-VNA