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US Potato Board sets sights on Vietnam

With the majority of the population under the age of 25 years and a massively growing fast food industry, Vietnam is an ideal destination for American potato exports.

Last year the US Potato Board participated in a three day event - the Food and Hotel Vietnam trade show, attended by around 10,000 people. TK Kuwahara, International Marketing Manager for the United States Potato Board, said "Most of the trade that was attending the show are not familiar with U.S. potatoes and potato products. They were very surprised and excited to see all the different varieties of not only the fresh potatoes, but frozen potatoes and dehydrated. For example, they’ve never seen colored varieties of fresh potatoes before. In the frozen arena, they’ve never seen curly fries or the different cuts of frozen products.”

The board hopes to develop a stronger market presence in Vietnam in the near future.

Kuwahara said, "It is important for growers to remember that almost one in every five rows of potatoes grown in the United States are exported."

Source: www.aginfo.net

Publication date: 3/28/2012


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