At the Macfruit 2019 presentation in Ho Chi Minh City, the president Renzo Piraccini visited some fruit and vegetable production areas surrounding the Mekong Delta. Additionally, he also visited several retailers of the Modern Distribution.
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Piraccini, “Vietnam is a great fruit and vegetable producer and exporter. The country mainly exports to China, Japan, USA and Korea. The main produce is represented by coconuts, melons, lemons, bananas, mangoes and other types of tropical fruit. Vietnam is also an important market for Italian technology, especially regarding the post-harvest. Some of our companies have productive plants here, indeed”.
Apples in a supermarket in Ho Chi Minh City
Also, Vietnam has become an important fruit importer, especially apples, thanks to the per capita income increase and the development of the modern distribution selling high quality produce. In 2018, the imported apples should be 200.000 tons. They mostly come from New Zealand, Australia, USA, France and Poland. Italian apple cannot enter the country because there is not the right protocol.
The market at the Mekong Delta
Here, the grape is considered an exotic fruit and it has a good market. It mostly comes from USA and Peru.
The economy of Vietnam has been constantly growing in the last 25 years. In 2018, the GDP should be 6.5% better than in 2017. The unemployment rate is around 2%.
The salary of a labourer is 250-300 dollars monthly, while the salary of a specialised labourer is 400-450 dollars and an employee’s salary could be 1.000 dollars. An increasing portion of the population has higher living standards.