Mr. Norman Grant addressing the dinner meeting.

Vietnamese aquatic products were introduced to Australian importers and consumers during a November 27 dinner meeting in Sydney.

The event was jointly organised by the Vietnamese Consulate General in Sydney, Vietnam Trade Office in Australia and the Seafood Importers Association of Australia (SIAA).

At the meeting, Consul General Mai Phuoc Dung highlighted the key products of Vietnam’s aquatic sector, especially those made from shrimp and catfish.

He voiced hope that Vietnamese aquatic products will be better known by consumers in Australia – a country that heavily depends on imported aquatic products.

Meanwhile, SIIA Chairman Norman Grant introduced the process of farming, fishing and processing for a number of Vietnamese aquatic products.

He commented that Vietnamese products have high nutrition and quality, meeting international sanitation requirements.

Various dishes made from Vietnamese aquatic products were tabled at the event, earning praises from diners, who included many restaurant owners.

Australia is now the fifth largest market of Vietnamese aquatic products, buying 182 million USD worth of the products in 2012, 60 percent of which was spent on shrimp. Vietnam has been the leading supplier of processed shrimp for Australia during the past four years.

Source: VNA