An event to connect supply and demand for domestic consumption and export organised by Ho Chi Minh City’s Investment and Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC) has been bringing together nearly 50 enterprises, retailers, associations, banks and governmental bodies.

The purpose of the event was to help local producers, especially small- and medium-sized units that produce agricultural products and seafood gain access to retailers and exporters.

Major participants included the Big C retail chain and Uy Tin Trading Service Limited Company, the owner of Golmart e-supermarket.

Meanwhile, the suppliers comprised a number of VietGap certificated businesses who provide various agricultural products, such as aloe vera, pineapples, bananas, cashew nuts, coconuts, rice and fresh vegetables.

Le Thanh Trung from Big C, said the chain focused on developing products that are popular local specialties from all over the country. Those products will be introduced in selected Big C stores on a trial basis for 6 months, before expanding it to the whole chain of 29 stores nationwide.

Furthermore, Big C will recommend products that are suitable for export to the French-based Casino Group, an international food retailer with 25 partners in 20 countries.

Vuong Le Bich Tuyen, a representative of Golmart, said the supermarket was looking for local producers of flowers, Bonsai trees, processed foods and other specialties in preparation for the upcoming festival season over Tet.

According to Deputy Director of ITPC Ho Xuan Lam, an even larger event, with the same purpose, will take place in Ho Chi Minh City as part of the 3 rd High-tech Agriculture and Food Industry Fair (Hi-Tech Agro 2014) from October 22-26. More big names including Big C, Metro, Aeon, Lotte and NTUC Fairprice Singapore are expected to participate.-VNA