Before the Lunar New Year, many fruits and agricultural products exported to China were stuck at the border gates, with thousands of containers, and traders neglected to purchase them. However, just after the end of the Lunar New Year, fruit prices skyrocketed, benefiting businesses, which had had cold storage warehouses to store goods before.
On the morning of July 28, Working Group 970 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development launched a registration information page to connect the supply and demand of agricultural products and goods in the Southern provinces.
Increasing the proportion of processed agricultural products for export, on the one hand, creates added value for the product, and on the other hand solves the situation of the devaluation of the season.
The added bonuses of purchasing frozen vegetables are that they're available all year round, even if one particular veggie is not in season. Plus, they're typically cheaper than buying fresh. According to Healthline, veggies are typically frozen right after they're harvested so they retain the majority of their nutrients.
Despite many difficulties due to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, however, the export of fruits and vegetables in the first quarter of 2021 still increased by 6.1% over the same period last year. These are positive signals for the domestic fruit and vegetable export industry.
Geographical indication (GI) registration has an important role in helping Vietnamese products enter the global market, heard a regular press conference of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) held in Hanoi on March 31.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said that the export of Vietnamese mangoes to the US market has affirmed the brand, quality, and reputation of Vietnamese agricultural products in general and fruits in particular.
In addition to the above programs, the Trade Promotion Department has now worked with some domestic e-commerce platform such as Lazada, Tiki to support product consumption for cooperatives and farmers. Trade Promotion Department has also worked with some international e-commerce platforms Alibaba.com and Amazon.com to promote export.
Fruit and vegetable exports accelerated at the beginning of 2021 thanks to Chinese buying a lot. According to the Department of Agricultural Product Processing and Market Development, along with the spread of free trade agreements, the export of vegetables and fruits in 2021 is forecasted to be very "bright".
After EVFTA took effect, the number of enterprises participating in seafood export to the EU has increased to over 200 enterprises / month, bringing the total number of seafood exporters to the EU to 409 enterprises in 2020.
With convenience remaining as a principal requirement, consumers are clearly changing their behaviors causing a disruption in the food industry as we know it. Choosing vegan has never been easier, with increasing offerings across all restaurants, fast-foods and supermarkets. The plant-based meat market's annual growth rate is anticipated to reach as high as 8.6% between 2020 and 2025, and all regions around the world seem to experience this growth at significant rates.
With the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), member countries in the region, like Vietnam, will have more convenient transportation. The RCEP is expected to increase the export value of Vietnam's agriculture, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, thanks to the reduction in storage and logistics costs.
The export of Vietnamese farm produce such as aquatic products, pepper, rubber, and rice to the Netherlands has soared since the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) took effect, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has reported.
And this is where technological innovation comes to the rescue. Specifically, technological features that can make the frozen products look just as appetizing as their fresh counterparts and lock in their nutrients – are the game changers in the consumer behavior.
A few years ago, not many people thought of the day when Vietnam exported vegetables and fruits to Thailand, because Thailand was quite ahead of Vietnam in the field of commodity fruit and vegetable production and fruit and vegetable export, and especially then Vietnam is having a trade deficit of fruits and vegetables from Thailand with great value.
Processing with OctoFrost IQF equipment ensures nutrient-density and water content of fruits while maintaining a fruit’s aroma, color, and texture. In a nutshell, IQF fruits will be undoubtedly priced higher on markets.
“We look positively towards the future. During 2020 we have strengthened our organization and invested resources in the development of our product line. These investments will be beneficial for our customers for years to come.” Hasslöf concludes.
The Dong Thap Province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has granted a production unit code for 133 fruit-growing areas that qualify to produce fruit for export. Most of the code-granted areas, which cover 7,000ha, grow mango, longan, dragon fruit, jackfruit and rambutan.
According to Vasep, the time of the brackish shrimp crop in 2020 is still long, the favorable signs are also starting to appear more and more clear as the demand for shrimp in the world still exists because shrimp is an essential food. The control of the Covid epidemic in China and South Korea is getting better and there will be more hope for farmers and processing plants when the output is somewhat removed.
Making an investment in a IQF freezing system makes more sense for companies that are looking for mid to long-term solutions. The flexibility of a IQF mechanical system offers the possibility that in time the freezer can be adapted to suit a wide range of products with adjustments to temperature, airflow, belt mesh and flow configuration.
Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong led the delegation to visit lychee orchards grown under the GlobalGap standards to export to the Japanese market in Tan Yen District. If successfully, 2020 will be the first year that Vietnamese fresh lychees are exported to Japan, paving the way for the fruit to conquer other choosy but potential markets.
The snow formation during dehydration requires the same amount of energy as it takes to freeze a product, therefore the final product will suffer a loss. For example, with a yearly production value of 1.000.000 EUR, there is a saving of 10.000 EUR per year, if dehydration is reduced by 1%.
Since the EVTFA was approved, experts have been analysing the opportunities for Vietnam to penetrate deeper into the high-value foreign markets. However, the implementation of the deal also poses many challenges to Vietnamese agricultural products. Besides strict standards from the European Union market, competitive pressure in the domestic market is also a big issue.
In the 5-year period (2015 - 2019), Vietnam's shrimp industry has achieved positive results in production and export. Shrimp farming area increased by an average of 1.4% per year, while production increased by an average of 5.7%, mainly due to improved vannamei shrimp productivity. The production of whiteleg shrimp increased continuously and increased sharply by nearly 41% after 5 years with an average increase of 9% per year.
The cold chain process ensures that the products are safe and retain their qualities at the point of consumption. The inability to keep products at appropriate temperature conditions can result in textural degradation, discoloring, bruising, and microbial growth. Furthermore, high-quality products improve satisfaction among consumers and results in a surge in demand.
"With our OctoFrost IQF Universal Vegetable Line almost all products can be randomly fed to the line and gently spread with a shaker or water flumes; and with a tedder for leafy products like spinach. A complete line designed and supplied by OctoFrost only requires two to three operators, saving labor and cost." Larsson explains.
reviously, the application of post-harvest technology to limit the "crop - devaluation" situation was highly appreciated by managers and considered this a key step to ensure nutritional value and increase the value added product.
TPO - China is one of the biggest markets of Vietnam's shrimp export in the past 5 years (2015-2019). During this period, exports to China had the strongest breakthrough with an average annual growth of 16% and after 5 years increased over 55%.
With foods such as fruit and vegetables now traveling longer distances, IQF solutions can therefore help with preservation during exports and cater towards the growing demand for non-seasonal produce. Furthermore, various food establishments such as those in the foodservice industry are turning towards IQF foods in greater numbers since they can be handled quickly and conveniently – this, in turn, reduces the need for firms to invest in heavy and/or bulky cooking equipment and machinery.
Fresh produce growth for the week of April 12 versus the comparable week in 2019 was the highest since March 22nd, driven by robust vegetable sales. But the three-way split of the produce dollar between fresh, frozen and shelf-stable continued, with frozen and shelf-stable growth up more than 40%, each.
Investing in deep processing is one of the most effective solutions to increase the added value of agricultural products, and at the same time best deal with the situation of "off-season crop but high prices and a season crop but low prices" in agriculture. And in the current situation, when the Covid-19 epidemic evolved complicatedly, greatly affecting the export and import of agricultural products of many countries, the processing industry proved its important role for agriculture, forestry and fishery.
During the week of March 29, produce sales continued to show highly elevated levels regardless of where they were sold in the store, despite many chains running limited opening hours:
Fresh produce increased 8.1% over the comparable week in 2019.
As of mid-March 2020, the US is Vietnam's largest pangasius export market, accounting for 18.8% of the total pangasius export value. In the first half of March 2020, the export value of pangasius to the China - Hong Kong market was nearly US $ 13 million, an increase of US $ 1 million compared to the previous month of February 2020. If the export speed increases as expected, some pangasius export enterprises confidently stated that pangasius export value to China in the coming months may increase by 40-50%.
Produce sales rose along with consumer anxiety levels. IRI found that 58% of consumers were extremely concerned about COVID-19 the week of March 22, up from 38% the prior week. 210 Analytics, IRI and PMA partnered up to understand the effect for produce. Produce continuing to move at unprecedented volumes regardless of where they are sold in the store: fresh produce increased 29.7%, frozen, +111.4%, shelf-stable, +158.1%
OctoFrost IQF Processing Lines offer new challenging food safety business opportunities. Our lines are designed for "no hand touch" after heat treatment. We design the complete processing line and have the control that there shall be no need for manual intervention.
EVFTA agreement, when implemented, will bring great benefits to the national economy. After being approved and put into operation by the National Assembly of Vietnam, it is expected that from the beginning of the 3rd quarter of 2020, EVFTA will surely create a big boost for Vietnam's exports to the EU's large market, especially commodities of agricultural, fishery and Vietnamese products have many competitive advantages, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He added that Viet Nam had many opportunities to boost exports to European and Asian markets. The EVFTA and IPA agreements would create favourable conditions for fruit and vegetable businesses to expand their export markets and participate in global value chains, including Asian and European markets, he added.
Frozen fruit, frozen vegetables and shelf-stable fruit each saw sales more than double the week ending March 15, while shelf-stable vegetable sales skyrocketed more than 200%.
Nielsen reported frozen fruits grew 73.2% in the week ending March 14, with frozen vegetable sales increasing 68.9%.
Our plan is to adopt the new situation and use other tools and thinking in our communication. As people will need food, the market is still there and will be needed the most. Our technology is highly automated with no-hand-touch which will be even more valuable in the future.
"In addition to sales increases in fresh produce, frozen fruits and vegetables advanced 11.6% over the week ending March 8," Roerink said.
Nielsen statistics provide a look at some of the commodities that have recently been experiencing sales growth after previous declines.
One of the more challenging products to IQF freeze is the raspberry. This has everything to do with its brittle and delicate texture. With the correct equipment however, the product can be handled for good profitability.
Japan, the second largest import market of Vietnamese squid and octopus, accounts for nearly 22% of Vietnam's total import value of squid and octopus to markets. In January 2020, due to coinciding with the New Year, Vietnam's squid and octopus exports to Japan decreased sharply by 51.2% compared to January 2019, reaching nearly US $ 8 million and down 18.8% compared to December 2019.
Viet Nam is working to develop a system of modern agricultural product supply centres to promote the consumption of farm produce, enhance food safety and hygiene, and improve the competitive edge of Vietnamese goods.
The consumption of frozen asparagus is increasing at an incremental pace as customers’ eating habits have changed dramatically and globally over the last decades. Their increased realization of the convenience and availability of frozen food contributes to the rising consumption of frozen vegetables.
An upcoming report, titled 'IQF Fruits Market: Global Industry Analysis 2013-2017 and Forecast 2018-2028,’ will deliver outlooks for the market. In terms of value, the global IQF fruits market is projected to register a healthy CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period as per the report analysis.
Africa and the Middle East offer opportunities for Vietnam to boost exports of farm produce with their large demand, especially for fruits and vegetables, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Theo bà Nguyễn Minh Phương of the ministry’s Asia-Africa Market Department said the per capita income in the Middle East is relative high.
As avocado consumption is increasing, it’s only logical that the individual quick frozen (IQF) avocado sees its market share increase as well. This makes sense considering fresh avocado can be challenging to handle for consumers.
At the end of February, a delegation of firms from Singapore is expected to visit Vietnam in search of suppliers of fruits and vegetables. This visit is a countermeasure against the falling imports from China as a result of the Covid-19 virus outbreak.
Free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union EU (EVFTA) officially approved and effective will be leverage for seafood export to EU market, especially for black tiger shrimp when this is a traditional product for Northwestern Europe and France.
The handling and preparation of onions can be time consuming and the fast-paced modern world makes nowadays consumers more inclined to buy ready to eat meals and frozen products for easy and fast preparation and consumption.
As technology advances and the fruit and vegetable market becomes more global, there is an increasing emphasis on ensuring that food safety is of the highest standard. Swedish based company, OctoFrost Group, believes that their IQF freezers can play an important role in ensuring reliable food safety for the food processing industry.
In the context of direct export channel with potential risks of trade barriers, many businesses have chosen to export safely rather than indirectly through distribution and e-commerce systems. The flexible export channel has been helping businesses hold more stable market share, reducing the risk of backlog of manufactured goods.
The south-central province of Ninh Thuận Province, the country’s largest grape producer, is targeting sustainable grape production after conducting research on new grape varieties, applying advanced farming techniques and investing in post-harvest processing.
Future growth in the cheese industry is fueled by the increasing demand from the convenience sector, particularly the frozen pizza segment. As IQF cheese has the benefit of being easy to use, it is gaining ground and popularity on the market.
Organic, healthy and nutritious products continue to be in high demand, however, supplying a superfood like bilberries continues to be a challenge for producers, trying reach as many people as possible throughout the year.
In 2019, Vietnam's shrimp exports reached US $ 3.36 billion, down 5.4% compared to 2018. Although not achieving satisfactory results as expected, Vietnam's shrimp exports to major importing markets also showed that positive signs in 2020
IQF stands for Individual Quick Freezing and is a technology used in the food processing industry. As the term suggests, it stands for the quick freezing of individual pieces of product, as opposed to bulk or block freezing.
NDO - Vietnam's exports of fruit and vegetables reached more than US$3.7 billion in 2019, down 1.9% compared to 2018, which was mainly due to the sharp decline in export quantity and revenue regarding the Chinese market, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Each sweet corn in Vietnam has an average price of 5-7 thousand VND/corn, but when exported to South Korea, the average selling price in supermarkets is about 180 thousand VND (converted into Vietnamese currency).
The year 2019 has just ended - a year that has not reached expectations with many Vietnamese seafood exporters. Anti-dumping tax on shrimp in the US market 0% for 31 Vietnamese shrimp exporting enterprises; The CPTPP is in force and many Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) signed promise to bring tariff preferences ... However, these advantages are not strong enough for many seafood enterprises to overcome barriers another big deal from the export market.
Cat Chu offers profits of 115 million VND (5,000 USD) per hectare per year and Hoa Loc, 200 million VND (8,600 USD), he added. More and more farmers are using advanced techniques to improve yield and quality.
Vietnam's Director of the Directorate of Fisheries said in 2020 the country would aim to gross close to $10 billion from exporting seafood and aquatic products, an increase of 6.3% compared with 2019. In 2019, export turnover is estimated at $8.6bn, reports Vietnam News.
The Department of Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance (Nafiqad, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) said: Flower clams, yellow clams and tilapia have just been added to the list of Vietnam seafood to be exported to this country.
According to the Vietnam Trade Office in the US, Vietnam is in the process of getting a licence to export avocado to the US. The Vietnam Trade Office’s branch in San Francisco (US) said avocados are mainly sold at big supermarkets with large volumes, so they must meet the high requirements of the US market.
In the first 9 months of this year, Vietnam's squid and octopus exports to the US reached US $ 11.4 million, up 63.7% over the same period in 2018. As of September this year, exports of this item to the US continued to grow.
IQF processors have a lot of things to consider when deciding to invest in an IQF equipment, all from the cost of purchase, energy efficiency, operational costs, technical features, cleanability, quality of the IQF products, production hours and down time, and footprint.
Modern and efficient freezing technologies like the Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) method has made the idea of frozen foods more appealing for today’s health-conscious consumers and IQF artichokes are no exception.
Asparagus is a high value product on the market and in the case of IQF asparagus, food processors need to pay extra attention to pre-processing techniques and most importantly to the freezing technology used to freeze this product.
The type and the quality of the transportation method of the product inside an IQF freezer is of crucial importance as it can affect the quality of the frozen product, the aerodynamics in the IQF freezer and even the freezing time and energy consumption.
As part of the natural process, once a vegetable is harvested it begins to release heat and lose water. This is what we call respiration, and it has an impact on the nutritional qualities of the vegetables we want to consume.
Environmental issues are on everyone’s minds nowadays, and all the actors from both civic society and governances all over the world, are looking for solutions to reduce the negative impact man has on the environment.
There are many different manufacturers of Iqf equipment on the market but very few that contributed with innovative thinking and solution to the industry. It is truly a science to set up and balance all the parts and elements of an Iqf freezer in order to achieve the best freezing result.
Consumers are willing more than ever to pay premium prices for organic, healthy food products without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and most of the time their eyes are turning towards fresh products for this choice.