Tip-top food products from Taiwan to star at Foodex Japan

Foodex Japan, the largest agri-food fair in Asia-Pacific, will be held March 5-8

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TAITRA President and CEO Walter M. S. Yeh (center) with Agriculture and Trade officials

TAITRA President and CEO Walter M. S. Yeh (center) with Agriculture and Trade officials (By Agencies)

TAIPEI (Taiwan Today) -- A selection of Taiwan’s tip-top food products will take center stage at next month’s Foodex Japan in Tokyo, according to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Feb. 21.

The items are to be showcased at the Taiwan Pavilion operated by TAITRA and its overseeing agency, the Bureau of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Billed as Asia’s largest food and beverage fair, the annual event is expected to significantly enhance the profile of the country’s agricultural and food manufacturing sectors.

A total of 142 local businesses from around Taiwan, including Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County and Tainan City in the south, as well as Taoyuan City in the north and Yunlin County in the west, will display their wares at 146 booths. This representation makes Taiwan the third largest exhibiting country.

The Council of Agriculture is running a booth dedicated to highlighting the results of government efforts in advancing high-quality agriculture. In addition, the Council of Indigenous Peoples will make its Foodex bow with a stall promoting red quinoa products from Taiwan’s aboriginal communities.

According to COA statistics, Taiwan food exports increased 8.22 percent year on year to US$5.4 billion in 2018, with China, Japan and the U.S. the top three destinations in that order. The biggest mover was Japan, surging 18 percent from the year before to US$922 million.