|Litchi processed for export. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — The first litchi of northern Hải Dương and Bắc Giang provinces have been shipped by sea to the US to be sold at Safeway and Albertsons - two supermarket chains with the largest network on the West Coast of the US.
This is a result of the efforts by the Vietnamese Consulate General in San Francisco in bringing Vietnamese products to foreign distribution systems that started early this year.
According to the Asia-America Market Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, this is a giant step forward in promoting the sale of Vietnamese fruit in general and litchi in particular in the US market, as the majority of Vietnamese fruit has been sold only in small markets and supermarkets to serve Asian consumers.
A representative from US Dragonberry Produce, the distributor of Vietnamese litchi in the US, said that two other containers of litchi were also on their way to the US. The fruit would continue to be sold in the two supermarket chains with a price tag of US$4.99 for each bag of 430 grams.
The representative said that the firm had taken steps to introduce the fruit to local partners and consumers.
It piloted the marketing of Vietnamese litchi in early May during the San Francisco trade, investment and tourism promotion conference which was attended by Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính. The company then imported litchi by air to sell at supermarkets in Los Angeles.
The high air transport cost made Vietnamese litchi less competitive in the market. This is the reason why the export of litchi to the US has been modest while the fruit has been accepted in the market since 2014.
Therefore, Dragonberry decided to transport litchi by sea and succeeded, which is expected to strongly increase the export of Vietnamese litchi to the US in the future. — VNS