Food suppliers gear up for 3F race
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese consumers now have more opportunities to access safe food as more businesses are spending big money to develop safe food chains, from cultivation to distribution.


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In mid-August, the HCMC Food Safety Program Management Board granted certificates on safe food chains to 33 Co-op supermarkets and Co-opXtra in HCMC, the fresh food storehouse in Binh Duong and 21 vegetable, meat and seafood suppliers for Saigon Co-op.

Prior to that, in March 2018, it granted 10 certificates to seven farms and three food processing establishments belonging to VinEco, a subsidiary of Vingroup.

To date, HCMC had granted 215 certificates on safe food chains to producers and suppliers. 

The total output of certified safe farm and food produce is 100,000 tons per day, mostly fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and seafood. Of this amount, only 20-30 percent is from HCMC, while the remaining from neighboring provinces or imports.

The total output of certified safe farm and food produce is 100,000 tons per day, mostly fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and seafood. Of this amount, only 20-30 percent is from HCMC, while the remaining from neighboring provinces or imports.

More and more investors have spent money to develop 3F (feed, farm, food) safe supply chains as they realized the increasingly high demand for safe food.

Vissan began implementing the 3F model in 2011 when it started building the food processing complex in Long An province with investment capital of over VND1.5 trillion.

The complex has a closed production line, from slaughtering, processing to packaging. Once operational, slated for 2019, Vissan will have the highest slaughtering capacity in Vietnam. The company has joined forces with a Dutch partner to set up a traceable safe pork supply chain with investment capital of $3 million.

In late 2015, Vissan announced the supply of VietGap-standard pork to supermarkets and convenience stores. In mid-April 2016, Vissan affirmed that 100 percent of its pork available at fresh meat shops can meet VietGap standards. Vissan is going to apply modern packaging technologies to help prolong the product preservation time.

Vissan’s general director Nguyen Ngoc An said the model would bring higher revenue to the company, but the profit will not be high because of the high investment rate. However, what Vissan can gain – consumer’s confidence – is worth the heavy investment.

Ba Huan is also developing safe food chains. In 2013, it built a hi-tech poultry farm in Binh Duong with investment capital of VND320 billion for the first phase of operation. In 2014, it built a processing factory in Long An capitalized at VND60 billion.

As for Vinh Thanh Dat, the company built a poultry egg processing plant with traceability capability and recently built one more plant in Soc Trang province with investment capital of VND100 billion. 

Meanwhile, VinEco kicked off its 3F plan in 2013. Currently, it can provide 3,000 tons of farm produce each month, including vegetables, mushrooms and fruits of 200 different types.


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