NESCAFÉ Plan's sustainable coffee production competition The event was organised by the Vietnamese Coffee-Cocoa Association in tandem with the Dak Nong People’s Committee. The global NESCAFÉ Plan initiative has been deployed by Nestlé Group since 2010 in more than 10 countries in major coffee growing areas globally in an attempt to bring sustainable values to coffee growers, communities, and the planet. The project also attests to Nestlé’s commitment to creating shared values to the coffee value chain. Of the relevant stakeholder countries, together with Brazil, NESCAFÉ Plan in Vietnam has been regarded as reaping the greatest success. In Vietnam, NESCAFÉ Plan – a public-private partnership co-operation programme between Nestlé, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Western Highlands Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute (WASI) and local agricultural extension bodies in five Central Highlands’ … [Read more...] about NESCAFÉ Plan devotes to Vietnamese coffee sustainable development
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Young customers are now choosing smaller brands like The Coffee House, Cong Ca Phe and Phuc Long as their to-go spot for affordable brews. Local brands not only offer many beverage options but also sophisticated interiors and unlimited and fast internet access to ensure they retain customers, Nikkei Asia Review quoted market researcher Nguyen Phuong as saying. All this has helped these brands become very popular among students and young working professionals, who can spend hours there yet feel welcome. Phuong said having knowledge of Vietnamese culture and consumers has helped the local brands attract customers. By changing their business models to fit customers’ tastes, local brands report growing grow and some are even looking to expand. Nguyen Hai Ninh, CEO of what is thought to be the fastest growing chain, The Coffee House, told Nikkei that he plans to open 700 outlets around Vietnam in the next five years, or around 10 a month. Just one month after the brand opened its … [Read more...] about Global chains suffer as Vietnamese coffee lovers vote with their feet
More than 10,000 kilometers from Vietnam in Belfast, Northern Ireland, President Ho Chi Minh’s face gazes out over a small café. The wall features the benevolent smile of Vietnam’s late president and the quotation “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty.” Martin and Gary Small, who visited Vietnam once, five years ago, for a grand total of 10 days, opened Vietnamese Coffee Co more than a year ago on May 1, 2017 for a simple reason: they love Vietnamese coffee. The two brothers first arrived in the country in 2013 as part of a tour of Southeast Asia before visiting their sister in Australia, but it would be another four years before they brought a taste of Southeast Asia to Belfast. Towards the end of 2016, Martin and Gary were both made redundant from long-time jobs in banking and civil service respectively. After years of working for others, the Smalls saw this as an opportunity to strike out on their own. Keen travelers, Martin and Gary … [Read more...] about Vietnamese coffee takes revolutionary stand in the heart of Belfast
More than 10,000 kilometers from Vietnam in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ho Chi Minh’s face gazes out over a small café. In a city infamous for intimidating murals, the wall in this establishment features the benevolent smile of Vietnam’s late president and the quotation “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty.” While depictions of Ho Chi Minh are common in his homeland, Belfast is a strange place to find a painting of the revolutionary hero. Perhaps even stranger though, is that this cafe is owned and operated by a pair of local brothers who have visited Vietnam once, five years ago, for a grand total of 10 days. Take a chance Martin and Gary Small opened Vietnamese Coffee Co more than a year ago on May 1, 2017 for a simple reason: they love Vietnamese coffee. The two brothers first arrived in the country in 2013 as part of a tour of Southeast Asia before visiting their sister in Australia, but it would be another four years before they … [Read more...] about Vietnamese coffee takes revoluntary stand in the heart of Belfast
Vietnamese Robusta coffee beans are of high quality that meets strict requirements of Italian coffee producers, he said, noting that Italian producers import raw coffee from Vietnam for the production of coffee products which will be supplied to both Italian and foreign markets. Italy has more than 1,000 coffee factories and all of them have known about Vietnamese coffee. Federico Colombo, an Italian businessperson operating in the field of import-export, sharing the view, saying that high-quality Robusta coffee from Vietnam is very popular in the Italian market. The Milano Coffee Festival is being held in Italy from May 19 – 21, gathering the world’s leading coffee makers, including Vietnam. Visitors to the festival are not only able to have a taste of the world’s most popular coffee products from many countries but also get to know the processes to produce and make coffee of different cultures. This year, Vietnam brings to the festival Robusta and Arabica raw … [Read more...] about Italian coffee producers highly evaluate Vietnamese coffee beans
Viet Nam made a trade surplus of US$3.39 billion in the first four months of 2018, in which foreign direct investment (FDI) sector, including fuel, took the lead with $11.17 billion. — Photo vietnambiz.vn Viet Nam made a trade surplus of US$3.39 billion in the first four months of 2018, in which foreign direct investment (FDI) sector, including fuel, took the lead with $11.17 billion. This was reported by the General Statistics Office (GSO). Meanwhile, the domestic-invested sector experienced a trade deficit of $7.78 billion in the January-April period. The country’s export turnover increased by 19 per cent year-on-year to $73.76 billion in the first four months of this year, of which the domestic-invested sector reached $20.28 billion, up 17.9 per cent, while FDI sector earned $53.48 billion, rising by 19.4 per cent and occupying 72.5 per cent of the country’s total exports. According to GSO, the United States remained the largest export market for Viet Nam during … [Read more...] about Viet Nam makes trade surplus of US$3.39bn
VietNamNet Bridge - Twenty-one tons of coffee in Dak Nong province made of battery powder have been seized as ‘dirty coffee’. However, no one can define what ‘clean coffee’ means. According to Nguyen Viet Vinh, secretary general of the Vietnam Cocoa and Coffee Association (Vicofa), one of the hottest issues now is the absence of national standards for roasted coffee. As a result, roasters add non-coffee elements into real coffee and sell their products as ‘genuine coffee’. “The lack of national standards for roasted coffee places difficulties on agencies to control coffee quality in the market, while ‘mixed’ coffee is labeled as genuine coffee,” he commented. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has set up two standards related to coffee processing. These include national standards for coffee processing units and national standards for coffee beans. In principle, coffee roasters must declare … [Read more...] about What is the standard for ‘safe roasted coffee’?
VietNamNet Bridge - Both Vietnamese and foreign investors are rushing to pour money into coffee farms and coffee house chains as the market is very promising. But not all of them will succeed. More new coffee brands have turned up More new coffee brands have turned up in the Vietnamese coffee market, where ‘veterans’ like Trung Nguyen, Vinacafe Bien Hoa and Nestle are holding their firm positions. Three ‘big guys’ Though the trio has similar products, each has special characteristics which make them original. Trung Nguyen ranks Number 1 in terms of diversity with many coffee products, from instant to roasted coffee to civet coffee. Nescafe provides a wide range of mineral water products, food for children, and coffee and dairy products. Meanwhile, Vinacafe only focuses on products made of coffee, offering diverse coffee flavors for choice. More new coffee brands have turned up in the Vietnamese coffee market, where ‘veterans’ … [Read more...] about Is it easy to make money from Vietnam’s coffee market?
VietNamNet Bridge – For Will Frith, born in the US to an American father and Vietnamese mother, a visit to Vietnam in 2004 ignited a passion for coffee that would change his life. At the source: Coffee plants in bloom in Lang Biang mountain, Da Lat City, home to most of the Arabica coffee in Vietnam. His mission on that first trip was to see his grandmother. But along the way, he had the chance to experience the Vietnamese coffee culture: “sitting in the small plastic stool, watching the world go by while slowly sipping the ca phe da (iced coffee),” he recalls. He describes the now-familiar flavour as “nutty chocolate and caramel ice cream with a bitter aftertaste”. “Everything I heard, smelled, saw, and tasted was familiar thanks to my early exposure to the sounds of the language, the food and customs. I couldn’t quite understand why it was so familiar, but it felt something like ‘home’,” said Frith. The passion … [Read more...] about Vietnamese coffee inspires American coffee ‘geek’
Participants browse coffee products at a discussion on the mountain region coffee industry held in the northern province of Son La last week (Photo: VNA) Son La (VNA) - Lo Thi Phong in Chieng Chung commune in Mai Son district in the mountain province of Son La, has cultivated coffee for more than 10 years on 5,000 square metres of land, but she still finds life difficult. A decade seems long enough to improve farming practices by trial-and-error, however, according to the middle-aged Thai woman, “even now, we still cannot keep proper financial accounts”. During discussions hosted by CARE International last week, stakeholders in the mountain coffee industry touched on deeper obstacles facing the industry. CARE has worked in Vietnam since 1989, concentrating on supporting rights and sustainable development among vulnerable groups, particularly remote ethnic communities, poor women and girls and people vulnerable to climate change. … [Read more...] about Small-scale coffee farmers get helping hand