Mon, Nov 05, 2007 - Page 12 News List

Kaohsiung City to host food fair

TUNA DELIGHT To highlight the city's strengths, the expo will feature a display of tuna, while visitors will be able to sample sashimi from various varieties of the fish

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

A food fair is scheduled to be held from Thursday to Sunday in Kaohsiung City under the auspices of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Kaohsiung City Marine Bureau, a TAITRA official said yesterday.

The official said that approximately 150 manufacturers would showcase their products in the three-day 2007 Kaohsiung Food Show, which will be divided into sections including processed food, fresh fruit and agricultural products, food-processing machinery and vintage brands.

The fair at the Kaohsiung Business Exhibition Center (高雄工商展覽中心) covers a vast array of products ranging from seasoning and beverages to kitchen appliances, the official said, adding that household consumers and professional buyers would find what they need at the event.

To highlight the strengths of Kaohsiung, the official said the Marine Bureau would create a display of frozen tuna, including Big eye, Yellow-fin, Mediterranean and Southern tuna.

The public will be invited to sample tuna sashimi and pick up information on the different tuna varieties.

Another highlight of this year's show will be the vintage brands section, where Taiwan's traditional culinary arts and local specialties, such as pineapple cake, pickled fruits and handmade string noodles, will be on display, the official said.

The exposition is expected to attract dozens of international large-scale buyers from other Asia-Pacific countries, such as Japan, Korea, China, Singapore and Indonesia, the official said.

Prospective buyers will be able to negotiate on prices and discuss product details with suppliers of agricultural products and other foods at the fair's 120 negotiating sessions.

At TAITRA's invitation, the famous Japanese supermarket group Daiei Inc, Okinawan fruit importer Okinawa Miyako Noen, Korean aquatic products importers CJ Food System and MKC Food Co Ltd, Wal-Mart China, Indonesia's PT. Sukanda Djaya, Singapore's Hupco Pte Ltd and Hong Kong fruit importer Jet All Trading Ltd will send delegations.

In addition, TAITRA will hold information briefings on Wednesday concerning Wal-Mart and Daiei Inc's procurement policies. Senior procurement managers from the two companies will speak on the operations of their supermarkets and on procurement procedures and supplier screening.

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