|Consumers are increasingly interested in specialty foods from various regions. VNA/VNS Photo|
HCM CITY – Many products made under a programme called ‘One Commune One Product’ have become a big hit with consumers seeking to buy gift hampers for Tết (Lunar New Year).
Sticky rice grown by the Khẩu Nua Lếch Thượng Quan Rice Cooperative in Bắc Kạn Province's Ngân Sơn District is one such.
The co-operative has had to mobilise a lot of manpower to fulfil the mountain of orders it got.
Its rice is renowned for its plasticity and aroma, and is well known to consumers across the country.
According to a co-operative spokesperson, 100 additional workers were hired for packaging and delivery but demand still not be met.
In the last month or so it supplied more than 10 tonnes of rice to markets such as HCM City and Hà Nội.
Phan Thành Hiếu, director of the Phương Nam Food Joint Stock Company, said this year, due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, businesses had prepared for low demand, but two high-end products, organic ST 25 and ST 25 rice varieties, grown together with shrimp in Sóc Trăng Province, are out of stock.
“We have had to turn down many orders or deliver less than the ordered quantity though the rice prices are four to five times higher than that of other rice. ST 25 grown together with shrimp has a price of VNĐ285,000(US$12.4) for 5kg, VNĐ15,000 higher than ST 25.”
Lê Kiều Phương, director of Phúc Thịnh Production and Commerce Co. Ltd, said her company recently got a One Commune One Product (OCOP) certificate for its three prawn cracker production lines in Cà Mau Province.
It is now working on selling the products to major supermarket chains before Lunar New Year with the aid of the certificate, she said.
In Đồng Nai Province, where more and more people are becoming interested in regional specialties, seven OCOP producers have signed contracts with Central Retail Việt Nam to sell 21 items.
Nguyễn Thị Bích Vân, media director of Central, said the two supermarkets would design their display shelves to ensure OCOP products easily catch the eye of shoppers as part of a commitment to support them.
MM Mega Market is also selling 56 OCOP confectionery and jam products for Tết at discounts of up to 50 per cent to introduce them to customers.
Đỗ Quốc Huy, marketing director of Saigon Co.op, said the company is helping develop OCOP goods, but their limited production means they could only be sold locally and not across its retail chains.
The two-year-old OCOP programme has helped a number of localities develop a wide variety of agricultural and non-agricultural products, providing steady incomes to many locals. – VNS