Food Taipei 2017 kicks off on Wednesday

Taiwan's premier food expo � Food Taipei 2017 � kicked off on Wednesday at the Nangang Exhibition Center. It will last through Saturday, and is being held in conjunction with four other food-related expos.

Vice President Chen Chien-jen spoke at the opening about how together the five expos form the nation's largest and most international business-to-business food show. He said that every year 65,000 visitors from around the world come to see high-quality products, frozen foods, food packaging and equipment, and Taiwan's only expo dedicated to Halal food.

Vice President Chen also said that every year the show attracts about 6,400 buyers from around the world, making it the best platform for Taiwanese food products.

Chen also spoke about the nation's food industry, saying that last year it had an output value of NT$618.4 billion (more than US$20 billion). That was an increase of 2% over the previous year. He said the industry was projected to grow by another NT$1.6 billion (nearly US$53 million) this year. Chen said the government would continue working to promote food safety in order to increase confidence in Taiwanese food products, both at home and abroad.

Source: Radio Taiwan International