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  Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – The Vietnam International Food Industry Exhibition 2016 (Vietnam Foodexpo 2016) kicked off on November 16 at the Sai Gon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City.

The event, held by the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, is the biggest trade promotion event of agro-fishery and food industry so far in the country.

It featured 550 booths of 400 businesses from 30 Vietnamese localities and 15 countries and territories.

The event introduced development of food industry over the past time, said Ho Thi Kim Thoa, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, at the opening ceremony, noting that the expo allowed firms to promote their brands and gain access to domestic and foreign markets.

It focused on marketing Vietnam’s key export products such as rice, coffee, peppers and cashews, said Bui Huy Son, Vietrade Director, adding black garlic, brown rice milk and avocado oil were also displayed for the first time.

Participants could also connect with wholesale and retail distributors and potential food importers and investors, he added.

Information on the latest technologies in processing high-quality foodstuffs is also available at Vietnam Foodtech, which coincides with the Vietnam Foodexpo.

Italia is selected as the Country of Honour at this year’s event.

According to Cecicia Piccioni, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam, over 30 Italian food businesses showcased modern processing technology and unique food at the event.

Through the expo, Vietnam-Italy trade promotion activities in food industry will be boosted, she added.

The event runs through November 19.-VNA