The paradox of Vietnamese coffee industry

According to statistics, Vietnam’s coffee export in October reached 35,000 tonnes (equivalent to US$80 million), which brings the export volume of ten months to over one million tonnes (equivalent to US$2.3 billion). However, income generated from coffee is quite unstable, largely dependent on the international market. More effective overall strategies are necessary for the Vietnamese coffee industry to develop sustainably to its full potential. Heaps of challengesThe results show that economic benefits generated by the coffee industry during recent years are limited. Unplanned production and chaotic trading still continue. So far, sustainable development has still been a big challenge for…... [read more]

The Vietnamese coffee industry has witnessed remarkable progresses in recent years. Under the policy of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the coffee area is scaled down but annual output still increases to 1 million tonnes. With such high productivity and output, Vietnam earned more than US$2 billion for the first time in the 2007- 2008 crop. This is a great achievement of the Vietnamese coffee industry in the integration process. To have the above result, apart from the effort of the people, producers, traders and processers of coffee, trade promoters have played active role in expanding the markets,…... [read more]

Many people were surprised to see Vietnam coffee packs with the trademark "Da Lat Blend" at many shops selling Starbucks’s top of the line Reserve products. It was difficult for Vietnamese coffee to set foot in Starbucks stores, so what will happen next? Enter Starbucks Packs of Vietnamese coffee sold in Starbucks stores in the US have elegant and bright colors, with the words "Vietnam - Da Lat". The weight of each package is 250 grams, priced at US$12.5.Starbucks includes the details of the origin and quality of Da Lat coffee from Vietnam. Starbucks emphasized that Da Lat is known…... [read more]

Large export market share but small value is the red alarm for the Vietnamese coffee industry today. To boost the added value, many producers advocate stimulating domestic consumption and promoting deep processing. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said Vietnam exported nearly 1.7 million tonnes of coffee valued at US$3.74 billion in 2012. Coffee industry creates jobs for more than 1 million workers and is the source of income for over 560,000 households. Coffee growers receive 95 per cent of total value of coffee bean exported.  Low value on raw exportTo date, Vietnam's coffee industry has made a long…... [read more]

The 2017 Vietnamese Coffee Day titled “New development stage of Vietnamese coffee industry” will include diverse activities as an international seminar about new development stage of Vietnamese coffee industry which will be expected to attract representatives of top countries of coffee industry in the world.On displaying will be high quality coffee products from famous planting areas in Vietnam. At the event, the visitors will have a chance to enjoy and learn about coffee culture of areas and regions of the country. In addition, they will have an opportunity to acquire information and savvy of the coffee, how to recognize pure…... [read more]

Dr. Nguyen Quoc Manh, Deputy Manager of Industrial Crop Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department of Crops Production said since 1975, the Vietnamese coffee industry has developed rapidly in terms of cultivation area, yield and output, and has succeeded in forming coffee growing areas in the Central Highlands and Arabica coffee growing areas in the northwestern region. Since 2000, Vietnam has become the world’s second biggest coffee producer and exporter and the world’s biggest Robusta coffee producer and exporter. Vietnam’s coffee output has increased from a mere 10,000 tonnes in 1975 to millions of tonnes. Output…... [read more]

Addressing the event, MARD’s Deputy Minister Ha Cong Tuan said that later last year, Vietnam had more than 643,000 hectares of coffee, of which over 576,000 hectares were in the Central Highlands’ provinces.In the 2015-2016 crop, coffee productivity reached 2,430 tons per hectare while the total production was 1,459 million tons. Last year, Vietnam exported 1.79 millions of tons of coffee, earning more than USD 3.3 billion.Development of the coffee industry has helped generate jobs for millions of laborers and importantly improve the living standards of locals, especially those in remote and mountainous areas and from minority ethnic groups in…... [read more]

"The international coffee market has seen unexpected trends and seriously impacted Vietnamese exports," Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said at the 2015 Viet Nam Coffee Outlook and Sustainability Forum."We should find a way to cope with the situation to ensure the development of the industry."This year the Vietnamese coffee industry has seen domestic prices fall relentlessly since the beginning of the year, an unusual trend."Sustainable coffee production continued to increase and replantation has been going up," Tran Cong Thang of the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development said.In 2014 -15 the…... [read more]

The global financial crisis causing drops in prices of many farm produce, including coffee, is hitting Vietnamese coffee industry, said Doan Trieu Nhan, senior consultant of the Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association (Vicofa) worried. The consultant said on the Vietnam Agriculture that coffee export prices dropped to only US$1,600 a ton currently, from US$2,520 a ton in February 2008, and US$2,000 a ton a month earlier. Local coffee prices also followed the fall on the world market. In the central highlands province of Dak Lak, prices of coffee bean shrank from VND42,000 a kilogram early this year to VND26,000 a kilogram. Nhan said…... [read more]

Vietnam has set many standards for the export of coffee, starting with TCVN 4193:83 in 1983 and then TCVN 4193:86 in 1986 based on international standards. After coffee exporters complained about difficulties in meeting the standard, TCVN 4193:93 was set in 1993 based on three simple criteria: the humidity, the ratio of broken black beans and the mixture instead of defected beans. Mission impossible? Nguyen Trieu Nhan, Vice President of the Vietnam Coffee and Cacao Association, says the Vietnamese coffee industry has achieved a double victory this year. Farmers have had a bumper harvest and coffee prices remain high in…... [read more]