Thai fruits, vegetables imports may grow 15%

ABU DHABI — Fruits and vegetables imports from Thailand are expected to grow 15 per cent this year, as new products were being introduced to the UAE, Thailand’s ambassador to the UAE said.

The imports of fruits and vegetables from Thailand is set to grow as aggressive promotional activities being planned by the Thai Embassy said Somchai Charanasomboon, ambassador. He said that last year Thailand’s export touched $2.8 billion.

After inaugurating ‘Taste of Thailand’ promotion being held in various Lulu Hypermarkets in Abu Dhabi, the envoy said that the trade ties between Thailand and UAE has increased many fold in past years and will reach new heights in coming years. Currently fruits and vegetables constitute the major chunk of export to the UAE.

“Thai food has always been a favourite among the residents of this country and this is what we are trying to promote through this festival at Lulu Hypermarkets.”

He said that more than 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables have been exclusively flown in for this festival and also on display are some of the fine Thai cuisine. The ten-day festival is being held at Lulu Hypermarkets branches in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain till 2nd October and features live cooking, contests, cultural shows apart from Thai fruits and vegetables.

“Currently we import more than 160 tonnes of fruits and vegetables every month from Thailand and we plan to promote it further. Apart from this we also import rice, tinned sea food and other Thai products for our various stores in the GCC” said Sridhara Shetty, Finance Controller of Lulu Hypermarkets group.

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