A wide range of food, beverages and technologies used in food processing and packaging are on show in Ho Chi Minh City on September 11-14.

The Vietfood & Beverage – Propack Vietnam 2013, the 17 th event of its kind, drew over 300 exhibitors from Vietnam, Germany, US, Poland, India, Japan, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia, who also came to seek partners.

Besides new products, samples are also on offer.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade forecast that Vietnam’s consumption in 2011-2016 will grow by 5.1 percent each year as spending per capita will annually rise by 4.3 percent by 2016.

During the period, domestic sales of canned food are expected to rise by 4.3 percent in volume and 10.4 percent in value.

Sales of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, meanwhile, are forecast to go up 7.5 and 8.2 percent, respectively.-VNA