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HK consumers regain confidence in Taiwan food products: importers

HK consumers regain confidence in Taiwan food products: importers

Hong Kong, Jan. 7 (CNA) Hong Kong importers said Wednesday that local consumers have regained their confidence in Taiwan-made food products, months after a series of food scares erupted. The importers made the comments while announcing at a press conference that several Taiwan food fairs will be held over a two-week period at department store supermarkets and retail shops in Hong Kong, starting Jan. 9. Products from Taiwan such as sausage, dried beef, ginger duck, sliced mutton, nougat, and pineapple cake will be displayed and sold at discount prices, the importers said. They said that after a food scare over edible oil broke out in Taiwan last September, their sales of Taiwanese food products dropped by half. Over the past two months, however, Hong Kong consumers have regained their confidence in Taiwan food products, according to Chan Han-ping, an executive of the food importing firm Wah Kee Wing Choeng. Chan said the company's sales of Taiwan-made items have returned to previous levels. As more and more Hong Kong people travel to Taiwan and enjoy a good experience there, their confidence in Taiwanese products is being rebuilt, he said. Wong I-ming, a sales manager at Tian On Food Import Company, told CNA that his company's sales of Taiwanese products, which had slumped for a while, have also picked up in the past few months. Taiwan's agricultural and fishery products and processed food account for a mere 1 percent of its bilateral trade with Hong Kong. In first 11 months of 2014, Hong Kong's imports of such products from Taiwan rose by an annual 3.1 percent to US$282 million. For the period January to August 2014, Taiwanese food imports into Hong Kong showed an 11 percent year-on-year growth, indicating that the edible oil issue did have an impact on Taiwan's food exports to Hong Kong. Taiwanese officials based in Hong Kong have been working hard to promote Taiwan's food products, while supermarkets at many Hong Kong department stores such as Wing On and Sogo have been selling them. "Many Hong Kong people now look at Taiwanese imports as high-end and safe food products," a customer told CNA in the food section of a Wing On supermarket. (By Stanley Cheung and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-21 01:17 GMT+08:00