HCM CITY (VNS) — Several Vietnamese producers are exporting a variety of traditional Tet goods to the diaspora living in many parts of world.
A banh chung (square glutinous rice cakes) business called Tran Gia in the southern Dong Nai Province has exported 40 tonnes to nearly 10 countries this year. It has also shipped more than 20 tonnes of materials used to wrap banh chung such as dong (phrynium) leaves, sticky rice, moulds, and spices.
Canada is the biggest market for its banh chung, importing around 15 tonnes, followed by Australia with more than seven tonnes, Toan said.
The main export to the US is of banh chung materials, he said.
He had to turn down many export orders this year since he was afraid the orders cannot be fulfilled.
Phan Quoc Nam, director of Long Uyen in Tien Giang Province's Chau Thanh District, said his company had exported about 20 tonnes of banh tet (cylindrical glutinous rice cake), sweet potatoes, and frozen fruits and vegetables.
He said banh tet, a specialty of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, is liked by many overseas Vietnamese.
To export to the EU, the company had to strictly control quality and follow the requirements set by the importing markets, he said.
A producer of banh tet and coconut cakes in Ben Tre Province said his business has 20-30 contracts to export 10,000-30,000 cakes this Tet.
Other companies like Vinamit Joint Stock Company, Tan Dong Trade Production Co, and Huong Canh Co have also undertaken exports of Tet goods.
Tran Thanh Phu, director of Tan Dong, said his company got more orders than last year, mainly for banh chung weighing 0.5-1 kilogramme.
It had exported two tonnes of banh chung to the EU besides other glutinous rice cakes, dried foods, La Ba bananas and other products, he said.
Vinamit said it had completed shipments of dried fruits to China, Cambodia and Laos.
Tri Duc Food Company based in HCM City said it had exported around 20 tonnes of jams made from ginger, sweet potato, lotus seed, custard apple, and tomato to the US, EU and some Asian countries.
Besides cakes and jams, businesses have also exported dozens of tonnes of cat ear mushroom, vermicelli, and rice paper.
In order for the country to sustain its exports, food hygiene and safety must be a top priority during the production, preservation, and transport stages, Toan and other producers said.
Several local food exporters hope to earn a reputation for quality during the holiday season so that they can increase exports through the year.
Analysts said businesses should focus on expanding scale, improving product design, and building brands for their products to expand exports. — VNS