HCMC to host nutrition festival


The first Nutrition and Natural Health Festival to be held in HCMC from October 18th to 21st will seek to network local producers of food and agricultural products, customers and local and foreign distribution systems. The festival will be held at the Nguyen Du Stadium in District 1.

Organized by the High Quality Vietnamese Products Business Association, it has attracted 100 businesses who will display products such as fish sauce, spices, processed foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, and other agricultural products.

Vu Kim Hanh, chairwoman of the association, said all the exhibitors are producers of organic and safe products with certification from prestigious local and international organizations.

The event will feature a roundtable discussion on Complying with Standards and Product Commercialization: Key for Integration, a program to connect small traders with traditional markets in HCMC, business matching, cooking competition, and meetings with actor Thanh Loc, actress Le Phuong and blogger Nguyen Pham Khanh Van.

Exhibitors will have the chance to meet leading local and international distributors and retailers from the Global Retailer Alliance, the EU and the Middle East, buyers from Singapore, Thailand and Korea, large supermarket chains in Vietam such as Co.opmart, Big C, Vinamart, Aeon, GS 25, Lotte Mart, and Auchan, and e-commerce businesses such as A Day Roi, Tiki and Lazada.

Representatives of industrial parks and processing zones and five-star hotels and restaurants will come to the event to source food and farm produce, offering exhibitors a chance to sign deals with them.

Hanh said the association would invite the EU’s geographical indication organization, traditional Vietnamese fish sauce producers who have received the EU Protected Designation of Origin Status and geographical identification from Vietnamese agencies and supermarkets distributing their products to talk about how to make the traditional fish sauce.

Producers would also instruct consumers on how to differentiate products with geographical identification from others available in the market, she said.