Introducing products to customers at a pavilion at the exhibition (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Around 22,000 domestic and foreign visitors are expected to come to the international exhibitions on food-beverage and on food processing and packing, which kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on August 8.

The 22nd International Exhibition on Food and Beverage and the 22nd International Exhibition on Food Processing, Packing Technology and Equipment (VietFood & Beverage – ProPack) draw the participation of 550 enterprises from 20 nations and territories showcasing their products in 600 pavilions, including seven national ones of India, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, China and Vietnam.

Vietnam’s national booth gathers the country’s giants in the food-beverage field, such as Sabeco, Habeco, Dr. Thanh, and Sagota.

Nguyen Khac Luan, General Director of the Vietnam National Trade Fair & Advertising Joint Stock Company (Vinexad), said that Made-in-Thailand consumer products, food and beverages have been long popular in Vietnam.

However, Thai firms still choose to take part in the VietFood & Beverage – ProPack annually as a way to promote their products to foreign buyers, including supermarkets and leading retailers.

Pham Thanh Kien, Director of Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Industry and Trade, stressed that foreign businesses’ presence in Vietnam has opened up more cooperation opportunities for investment and production in export processing and industrial zones, creating jobs for labourers and boosting technology transfer and production and business.

It has also fostered competitiveness and made domestic firms to reform to attract consumers, Kien added.

The two exhibitions will run through August 11.-VNA