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Government plans project to boost food industry

HOME COOKING:The government plans to revamp old restaurants, recipes and ingredients in an attempt to boost traditional cookery

Staff writer, with CNA

The government is seeking to inject innovation into Taiwan’s traditional food industry under a project aimed at transforming the old-economy sector, the Cabinet said on Sunday.

One of the goals is to boost the bakery industry and promote the use of local ingredients to create products unique to Taiwan, the Cabinet said, citing the work of Taiwanese master pastry chef Wu Pao-chun (吳寶春) as an example.

Wu, who won the title of Master Baker in the bread category of the 2010 Bakery World Cup in Paris, is known for his creative use of local ingredients such as litchi and longan to make new types of bread.

Under the project, the government plans to highlight eight kinds of food ingredients, build four clusters for the bakery industry and create 10 new brands of bakery products, the Cabinet said in a statement.

The initiative is expected to help increase the output value of the bakery industry by NT$4 billion (US$133.3 million), it said.

Meanwhile, the government plans to help revamp old restaurants in an effort to preserve Taiwan’s traditional cuisine.

At the same time, renowned foreign chefs will be invited to help develop new dishes, the Cabinet said.

It is also important to publicize the stories behind such restaurants as part of the marketing strategy, the Cabinet said.

About 50 categories of business, including apparel, smart appliances and agritourism, will be included in the five-year project to revamp the old-economy sector, the Cabinet said.

The project is expected to create 25,000 job opportunities and generate an output value of NT$500 billion, it said.

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