Photo: Embassy of Peru
Peruvian grape festival week being held in Hanoi from March 13 to 20 to mark the introduction of the country's grapes.
by Le Diem
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The Embassy of Peru in Vietnam, in cooperation with the Viet Product Development Joint Stock Company (VPD), the owner of the Luon Tuoi Sach (always fresh and clean) fruit shop chain, launched the first Peruvian grape festival week from March 13 to 20 at the Luon Tuoi Sach shop at 70 Tran Thai Tong, Cau Giay district, Hanoi.
The festival week aims to officially introduce Peruvian grapes to Vietnamese consumers after Vietnam officially allowed their importation in January. “The Peruvian Government and enterprises negotiated with Vietnam for five years to introduce our grapes, a source of national pride, to Vietnamese people,” Ms. Fiorella Polanco, First Secretary of the Embassy of Peru, told the opening ceremony. “I hope that more Peruvian fruit will be introduced in Vietnam in the time to come.”
Mr. Bui The Dung, General Manager of the Luon Tuoi Sach chain, the pioneer importer of Peruvian grapes, said that imported grapes such as those from the US and Japan are already available in Vietnam but this is the first time grapes from a Latin American country have been introduced. “Thanks to Peru’s soil, the quality of its grapes is good and their freshness is well-preserved, though it takes time to ship them from Peru to Vietnam,” he said. “This provides more options to Vietnamese consumers and they can now enjoy one of finest products from Peru.”
During the festival week, visitors to any shop in the Luon Tuoi Sach chain will have the chance to taste Peruvian grapes for free and enjoy a promotional price of VND99,000 ($4.4) per kilo, compared to the normal VND179,000 ($7.9). Red and seedless black Peruvian grapes are now available at Luon Tuoi Sach shops and several supermarkets. Green grapes may be imported soon after the company identifies a transportation solution, as these grapes are more easily ruined during delivery than other types.
Peruvian grapes have a very competitive price compared to other imported grapes, according to Ms. Thu Trang, one of the customers at the festival. She usually pays VND300,000 ($13) a kilo of American grapes. Australian grapes are at the same price, while Japanese grapes cost more than VND1 million ($44) a kilo. “The price of Peruvian grape is reasonable for Vietnamese consumers,” she said, “They have a nice sweet flavor, not too sweet like some other grapes, and their skin is less astringent.”
Grapes have a positive effect on antioxidants, providing moisturization, Vitamin B3, minerals, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, which are all good for the health and the skin. Peruvian grapes have gained a reputation for good quality and are the country’s top agricultural export. Grape growing is concentrated along the central valleys on Peru’s coast, with new areas in the Piura and Lambayeque regions on the northern coast developing rapidly. The main variety produced is Red Globe, but others include Crimson seedless, Flame seedless, Sugraone, and Thompson seedless.
The country’s Foreign Agricultural Service estimates 2017-18 production at 638,000 tons, compared to 605,000 tons in the most recent season. Exports are forecast at 380,000 tons, a jump from the 300,000 tons in the 2016-17 season. Export turnover from grapes last year was $653.2 million, up 2.6 per cent against 2016, with the US being the largest importer, followed by the Netherlands and China.
Luon Tuoi Sach chain:
22 Hang Muoi, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
12 Son Tay, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
125 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Dong Da District, Hanoi
29A Nguyen Chi Thanh, Dong Da District, Hanoi
37 Thai Thinh, Dong Da District, Hanoi
36A B1 Ton That Tung, Dong Da District, Hanoi
2M Lang Ha, Dong Da District, Hanoi
10 Pho Hue, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
105 E3 Le Thanh Nghi, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
70 Tran Thai Tong, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
19A Nguyen Thi Dinh, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
230 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi
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