As Vietnam’s population continues to grow, coupled with increasing incomes and the rising demand for new food and beverage markets, issues related to sustainability and food safety management standards have become crucially important.
File photo of customers at a confectionery section of a 7-Eleven store in HCMC. AmCham Vietnam on November 25 organized the Vietnam Food and Beverage Forum to discuss opportunities and challenges for the local food and beverage (F&B) industry
AmCham Vietnam on November 25 organized the Vietnam Food and Beverage Forum to discuss opportunities and challenges for the local food and beverage (F&B) industry from various perspectives.
Under the theme “Actions for Sustainability and Better Food Safety Management,” the event also shared international practices to reach sustainable goals in business and food safety management in Vietnam.
It offered a platform for participants to discuss and share best practices, experiences in food safety management, the latest trends among international and domestic enterprises and initiatives for sustainable development, focused on the environment and health goals.
The forum featured two main sessions with topics on the F&B industry and actions needed for a sustainable environment, as well as a dialogue to promote manufacturing and trading activities in the local F&B market.
In the first session, speakers focused on plastic waste management, business solutions to address plastic waste in Vietnam and strategies promoting a circular economic model for sustainable development.
At the second session, discussions centered on issues related to policies and regulations on quality management and commodity standards in the industry.
Speaking at the event, Mary Tarnowka, executive director of AmCham Vietnam, expected discussions and knowledge-sharing at the event to promote the enhancement of regulations based on science, in line with international standards, to ensure the provision of safe F&B products for local consumers and sustainable economic growth.
These standards will also pave the way for Vietnam to boost its F&B exports, she added.
Nguyen Hoang Linh, head of the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality at the Ministry of Science and Technology, lauded the initiative of holding an annual F&B forum to connect State management agencies with businesses and researchers, to discuss policies, regulations, standards, the business environment, production and sustainable development for this important industry, said Linh.
AmCham Vietnam held the forum in collaboration with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Central Institute for Economic Management, the Vietnam Dairy Association and the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers. SGT
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