250 brands to attend Coffee Expo Vietnam 2018 hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The third Coffee Expo Vietnam 2018 will be held in Ho Chi Minh City next week, attracting 250 brands from 10 nations.

The event, which is slated from November 1 – 3 at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC), will display and introduce equipment and materials for coffee making beverages, as well as bakery tools and materials of domestic and international brands.

The annual expo also offers coffee and confectionery business and shop owners to seek sources of high quality materials as well as learn about business and investment activities.

A special highlight of the event is the Vietnam Super Barista Championship with attractive prizes worth up to 200 million VND.

Coffee was first cultivated in Vietnam in 1857. To date, Vietnam’s coffee growing areas reached 20,000ha. The country exports 1.8 million tonnes of coffee beans, raking in 3.2 billion USD per year. Vietnam is currently the world’s second largest coffee exporter, after Brazil.

Vietnam exported 1.46 million tonnes of coffee worth 2.77 billion USD in the first nine months of 2018, an increase of 20.1 percent in volume and 0.4 percent in value compared to the same period last year. - VNA