Forum promotes vegetables, fruits trade to China

The coconut is a special fruit of the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, which is known to be the country’s premier coconut growing region. General Director of Vina T&T Nguyen Dinh Tung said that the fruits had been checked and radiated, as per the international standards in Vietnam, before they were shipped to the US. “The company’s partner will check it again in the US. After that, we will export five containers of fresh coconuts to this market, which is known to set high standards in terms of the quality of fresh fruit imports,” Tung said. The company successfully negotiated with its partner to export coconut to the US, which mainly imported the fruit from Thailand, he said. “A disadvantage for the Vietnamese coconut is the price, which is about 20% higher than that of Thailand, making it difficult to negotiate. We finally overcame it,” Tung said. Vina T&T occupies 40% of the Vietnam’s export market share in the US. The company has exported longan, dragon fruit, durian, rambutan and coconut to the US. It has received the licence to export star apple to the US and is awaiting the fruit harvest season. “We buy fruits from the areas that grow them in bulk. We then radiate and package them before exporting. Each variety of fruit has a unique manner of radiation and package. We have to strictly follow the standards given by our US partners,” he said. …... [read more]

Vina T&T Import – Export Service Trading Co Ltd last week exported its first batch of fresh coconuts to the US, which is considered to be a difficult market. Coconut harvest in the southern province of Ben Tre.  The coconut is a special fruit of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Ben Tre, which is known to be the country’s premier coconut growing region. General Director of Vina T&T Nguyen Dinh Tung said that the fruit had been checked and radiated, as per the international standards in Viet Nam, before they were shipped to the US. “The company’s partner will check it again in the US. After that, we will export five containers of fresh coconuts to this market, which is known to set high standards in terms of the quality of fresh fruit imports,” Tung told Viet Nam News. The company successfully negotiated with its partner to export coconut to the US, which mainly imported the fruit from Thailand, he said. “A disadvantage for the Vietnamese coconut is the price, which is about 20 per cent higher than that of Thailand, making it difficult to negotiate. We finally overcame it,” Tung said. Vina T&T occupies 40 per cent of the Viet Nam’s export market share in the US. The company has exported longan, dragon fruit, durian, rambutan and coconut to the US. It has received the licence to export star apple to the US and is awaiting the fruit harvest season. “We buy fruits from the areas that…... [read more]

Coconut harvest in the southern province of Ben Tre. (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Vina T&T Import – Export Service Trading Co Ltd last week exported its first batch of fresh coconuts to the US, which is considered to be a difficult market. The coconut is a special fruit of the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, which is known to be the country’s premier coconut growing region. General Director of Vina T&T Nguyen Dinh Tung said that the fruits had been checked and radiated, as per the international standards in Vietnam, before they were shipped to the US. “The company’s partner will check it again in the US. After that, we will export five containers of fresh coconuts to this market, which is known to set high standards in terms of the quality of fresh fruit imports,” Tung said. The company successfully negotiated with its partner to export coconut to the US, which mainly imported the fruit from Thailand, he said. “A disadvantage for the Vietnamese coconut is the price, which is about 20 percent higher than that of Thailand, making it difficult to negotiate. We finally overcame it,” Tung said. Vina T&T occupies 40 percent of the Vietnam’s export market share in the US. The company has exported longan, dragon fruit, durian, rambutan and coconut to the US. It has received the licence to export star apple to the US and is awaiting the fruit harvest season. “We buy fruits…... [read more]

Coconut harvest in the southern province of Ben Tre. — VNA/VNS Photo Huynh Phuc Hau Vina T&T Import – Export Service Trading Co Ltd last week exported its first batch of fresh coconuts to the US, which is considered to be a difficult market. The coconut is a special fruit of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Ben Tre, which is known to be the country’s premier coconut growing region. General Director of Vina T&T Nguyen Dinh Tung said that the fruit had been checked and radiated, as per the international standards in Viet Nam, before they were shipped to the US. “The company’s partner will check it again in the US. After that, we will export five containers of fresh coconuts to this market, which is known to set high standards in terms of the quality of fresh fruit imports,” Tung told Viet Nam News. The company successfully negotiated with its partner to export coconut to the US, which mainly imported the fruit from Thailand, he said. “A disadvantage for the Vietnamese coconut is the price, which is about 20 per cent higher than that of Thailand, making it difficult to negotiate. We finally overcame it,” Tung said. Vina T&T occupies 40 per cent of the Viet Nam’s export market share in the US. The company has exported longan, dragon fruit, durian, rambutan and coconut to the US. It has received the licence to export star apple to the…... [read more]

Key farm produce has raked in almost US$11 billion, up 18% against last year. Coffee and cashew nut exports showed  stable growth in the period, while vegetable and fruit exports moved up to the third ranking behind aquatic products and forestry products. By mid-July, fruit and vegetable exports totaled more than US$1.8 billion, of which fruit exports made up a majority. Blue dragon exports topped the list making up half of the total fruit export value.  Litchi exports recorded a remarkable growth. Bac Giang province, a center of litchi production, has improved the quality of the local specialty to penetrate demanding markets like the US, the EU, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Australia.  Truong Van Thai, Deputy Chairman of Bac Giang’s People’s Committee, says: “To avoid a common problem – falling prices when farmers produce a bumper crop - Bac Giang has zoned litchi-growing areas covering between 29,000 and 30,000 hectares. It has also increased the application of technology and safe production techniques, improved product quality, and studied consumer markets. Bac Giang has stepped up trade promotion, sought new markets, and linked processing and distribution to stabilize output and prices.” So far this year, Vietnam has shipped nearly 15,000 tons of fresh litchi to China and another 13 tons were exported to Australia. Since early July, Luc Ngan litchi has been available in supermarkets in Thailand, one of the 5 largest fruit exporters in the world. Tran Thanh Hai, Deputy…... [read more]

This new-found class is spawning the emergence of a new generation of Vietnamese consumers willing to spend more on healthy food— and the trend has huge economic implications for fruit-exporting countries worldwide. The comments came after the Vietnam Fruit & Vegetables Association reported that foreign fresh fruit consignments into the Southeast Asian country surged more than 40% in the early months of 2017 and could likely hit US$1 billion by year’s end. The Association report noted that a survey of supermarkets in the Ho Chi Minh City districts of Thu Duc and Hoc Mon reported that approximately one-fourth of their fresh fruit sales were imported. This shows unequivocally, said the responding supermarkets, that the potential for the foreign fruit segment has yet to be fully realized, given the enormous potential nationwide demand. The report noted that more than 50% of imported fruit is sourced from Thailand followed by China, Australia, the Republic of Korea, the US and Myanmar in descending order of magnitude. Mangos and custard apples from Thailand along with oranges from China are the most popular imports. Other well-liked imports are apples, oranges, pears, kiwi, cherries and grapes from New Zealand and Australia. Changing trend What is happening is that the trends in Vietnam are moving toward health. And much of that is happening in the food segment, said Le Quoc Phuong, deputy director of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Information Centre. Increasingly we see an uptake in…... [read more]

The export value of farming, forestry and aquatic products gained a year-on-year increase of 14.7 per cent, to US$20.45 billion, in the first seven months of this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue The export value of farming, forestry and aquatic products gained a year-on-year increase of 14.7 per cent, to US$20.45 billion, in the first seven months of this year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Key farm produce raked in $10.89 billion, up 18 per cent while forestry products brought home $4.41 billion, up 10.8 per cent. The US, China and Japan were the three largest export markets of Viet Nam’s timber and timber products in the first half of this year, accounting for 70.2 per cent of total exports of those products. The markets with strong growth in timber export value included China (29 per cent), Canada (21.8 per cent), the US (18.7 per cent), Germany (10.6 per cent) and South Korea (9.2 per cent). Viet Nam shipped 3.3 million tonnes of rice, worth $1.5 billion, abroad, up 15.7 per cent in volume and 13.7 per cent in value compared to the January-July period of 2016. China was still the largest export market of Vietnamese rice during the first seven months, the ministry said. The second was the Philippines. Vietnamese businesses won contracts to supply 175,000 tonnes of rice to the Philippines at an open tender on July 25, according to the Viet Nam Food Association. …... [read more]

Dragon fruit farming in Chau Thanh district, Long An (Photo: VietGap.com) Long An (VNA) – The southern province of Long An aims to develop a dragon fruit area of 2,000 ha in 2017-2020, using high-technologies. Long An’s dragon fruit export turnover hits about 40 million USD annually, helping generate jobs for tens of thousands of locals. The province has defined dragon fruit as one of its key crops, only after rice. Chau Thanh district has been selected as a core area for dragon fruit cultivation, with more than 7,500 ha, making up more than 80 percent of total dragon fruit area in the province. Le Van Hoang, Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said Long An is focusing on changing farmers’ methods to develop high-tech agriculture in tandem with new-style rural area building. Nguyen Van Thinh, Chairman of the Chau Thanh district People’s Committee, said the district has instructed communes to intensify their connectivity in production, and encouraged big enterprises to invest in dragon fruit, especially exports to markets like Japan, the US and Europe. At the same time, the locality has built dragon fruit production chains, established preservation and processing facilities and diversified products. Chau Thanh district has also coordinated with the provincial Department of Industry and Trade to promote its products in several countries, he added. Vo Thanh Hong, Vice Chairman of the Chau Thanh district People’s Committee,…... [read more]

Under the five-year project, the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd. will cooperate with Vietnamese experts from the Southern Fruit Research Institute (SOFRI) and the Vietnam Institute of Agricultural and Post-Harvest Technology (VIAEP) to produce high-quality and disease resistant varieties. The NZ side will provide its expertise in post-harvest preservation and transfer sustainable production technology, helping Vietnam meet global demanding consumer tastes, and raise incomes of local farmersas well as those involved in the dragon fruit supply chain. It will also train local farmers and packaging workers, aiming to increase the efficiency of production modes and product quality. The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd. expects the plan will be a representative model of effective cooperation for other countries in developing tropical fruits and building brand names in the world market.... [read more]

According to the Southern Fruit Research Institute (SOFRI), there is an increasing demand for imported fruit in foreign markets, including the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan. Dr. Nguyen Huu Dat from the Department for Plant Protection said Vietnamese dragon fruit has great opportunities to enter the US market. Since Vietnam was allowed to market this fruit in the US, the export volume has increased sharply from 100 tonnes in 2008 to 1,200 tonnes last year. This year, dragon fruit exports to the US are likely to reach 2,000 tonnes as the export volume has doubled in the first half of this year. Other markets like Japan and the Republic of Korea also saw a 25% increase over the previous year, Dat said. Vietnamese rambutans are also favoured in the US, although the price of the Vietnamese fruit is triple that of Mexico (about US$15/kg). In 2012, about 350 tonnes of Vietnamese rambutans were shipped from Vietnam to the US, earning US$3 million. Over the past few years, Vietnam’s vegetable and fruit export turnover has increased considerably, from US$235 million in 2005 to US$826 million in 2012. Vietnam plans to boost exports of mangos to Japan, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. It is also completing procedures to ship other types of fruit, such as litchis and longans, to these promising markets.... [read more]




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