|Mooncake brands are offering more flavour choices and using less plastic in packaging this Mid-Autumn Festival. — VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Minh|
HCM CITY — For this Mid-Autumn Festival many mooncake brands are increasing their output and varieties and focusing on environment-friendly packaging.
Many have announced an increase in output of 5 - 30 per cent compared to last year's.
Thành Long Bakery is offering more than 10 new flavours to target youths such as avocado, sesame and garlic and almond and coffee, Sài Gòn Giải Phóng (Liberated Sài Gòn) newspaper reported.
Bibica Corporation is reducing the sugar and fat content in its mooncakes and using more natural ingredients such as lotus seeds and sesame in place of jam.
Hemant Rupani, CEO of Mondelez Kinh Đô Việt Nam, which is offering two new mooncake lines, said the brand's "Rich portfolio of 83 kinds of products can satisfy consumers’ diverse demands, from premium to classic, mid-level mooncakes, and special needs."
The company also announced that this year it is using recyclable and reusable paper bags to cut plastic waste in addition to offering vegan and low-sugar mooncakes.
Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Thúy, head of Thành Long Bakery, said that more cardboard is now used in packaging to reduce waste.
Prices have also increased from same period last year, ranging between 5 to 7 per cent per box.
According to Trần Hữu Linh, general head of the Việt Nam Directorate of Market Surveillance, authorities would closely monitor the mooncake market during the Mid-Autumn Festival, keeping an eye on production facilities and storage of ingredients and collecting samples for testing. — VNS