A booth of VietFood & Beverage – ProPack 2017. (Photo: vinexad)

HCM City (VNA) – A total of 550 enterprises from 20 nations and territories will take part in the 22nd International Exhibition on Food and Beverage and the 22nd International Exhibition on Food Processing, Packing Technology and Equipment (VietFood & Beverage – ProPack) to be held in Ho Chi Minh City from August 8-11.

The participating businesses will showcase their products in 600 pavilions, including seven national ones of India, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, China and Vietnam.

Nguyen Khac Luan, General Director of the Vietnam National Trade Fair & Advertising Joint Stock Company (Vinexad), said that more than half of 93 million Vietnamese people are aged under 30 and have improved income compared with the past.

Therefore, the habit of buying convenience food is getting more popular, thus making Vietnam become a consumption market for food and beverage of considerable potential in the region, Luan said.

Nguyen Ngoc An, deputy head of the Food and Foodstuff Association of Ho Chi Minh City, said the association continues to coordinate with Vinexad in organising the two exhibitions to create a prestigious venue for both domestic and foreign enterprises to introduce their products, boost trade and seek partners.

With the trade value generated over the past more than 20 years, the exhibitions has drawn much attention from domestic and foreign enterprises, he added.

A survey in 2017 showed that 80 percent of the exhibitors felt satisfied with the exhibition events, with 70 percent affirming to continue their participation in the next ones.-VNA