Vietnam, a country of 90m people, has many of the characteristics that make it an attractive market for Irish food exporters, according to minister of state for food, forestry, and horticulture Andrew Doyle.
Speaking in Hanoi at the start of an Irish food and drink trade mission, he said Vietnam has a young population, the fastest growing middle class in Asia and a rising affluence.
“Vietnamese consumers share the concerns of other consumers in relation to food safety, food security, and sustainable food production,” said Mr Doyle.
“Irish dairy, pork and seafood products are already widely available in Vietnam and we hope that other Irish meat products will soon join them.”
Mr Doyle said trade between Ireland and Vietnam continues to grow in several sectors, especially agri-food.
Ireland’s food exports to Vietnam were worth almost €36m in 2015.
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